Lodge Officer and Grievance Committee Elections Reminder – W/Sample Ballots

Nominations were made at the regular business meeting on November 11, 2021 for all Local Lodge Officer positions as well as Grievance Committees for Fleet (DL 141) and Mechanic & Related (DL 142). Elections will be held at the local lodge on the day of the next regularly scheduled business meeting, December 9, 2021, from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. [Read More..]

Southwest Airlines Failed TA Survey

Dear Sisters and Brothers: As was previously communicated on November 5th, alongside the ratification results, your Union created a survey to get your feedback on why the Tentative Agreement failed. Contained within the survey are many of the reasons we heard during the ratification meetings, and also provided a space for you to enter any additional reason(s) not already mentioned. [Read More..]

Southwest Airlines Members Reject Agreement

Sisters and Brothers: After over three years of negotiations, your negotiating committee was able to reach a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines. The committee fought hard for the issues the members raised in their proposals and they felt they accomplished what the members demanded – an improved quality of life for all members. Over the last eight weeks, District General [Read More..]

NOTICE: November Business Meeting Changed Back to Original Date

Due to the IAM Constitution and our local lodge bylaws the November meeting has been moved BACK to its original date of November 11, 2021. This is due to nominations for Local Lodge officers and committees scheduled for this meeting. See the flyer below and please print, post and share! Download PDFPrint Post

November Monthly Business Meeting Changed to November 18th

Victory Lodge 1725 – Special Emergency Notice November’s Monthly Business Meeting Moved to Thursday, November 18th, 2021 @ 12:00 noon. 3727 Rose Lake Dr Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28217 The agenda to be posted after the executive board meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 Download the PDF below and please share and post! Download PDFPrint Post

American Airlines Vaccine Mandate Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers: The Association conducted a follow-up call today with American Airlines regarding the vaccine mandate.  The Company continues to work through the religious and medical accommodations submitted by the membership. Two items that we were informed of today include those members who have had Covid-19 recently and how they should handle being accommodated since they cannot get [Read More..]

Southwest Airlines Vaccine Mandate Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers: Yesterday, Southwest leadership met with all labor leaders for an update on the Vaccine Mandate Policy and the potential enforcement process. The company explained the accommodation procedures, as it is currently being considered by the carrier, and is urging employees to file requests for such exemptions. The company will actively engage in processing and approving the [Read More..]

NC State AFL-CIO 64th Annual Convention

I attended the NC AFL-CIO executive board as a current VP on the board. After we concluded with the normal order of business it was on to prepare for the 64th Annual Convention. It was the first, in-person executive meeting in over a year. I have to say it was a room full of excited, passionate beings. Everyone was pumped [Read More..]


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Decisions & Choices: Layoff Resource Manual

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Sisters and Brothers, Understanding that the loss of a job will undoubtedly put great physical and emotional strain upon workers and their families, I want you to know that you are not alone. To get the help you may need, you must know where to find it The IAM has created this manual to assist you if you have lost [Read More..]

We Stood Together in Solidarity!

A few images from our historic fight to secure our JCBA's.

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2020 Stewards, Committees & Officers

Photos from the swearing in ceremonies throughout the year for our Shop Stewards, Grievance Committees and Officers

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All New JCBA’s

Below are links to all new JCBA's. Note these are the TA versions until we have the final agreements available.

Fleet Service

Mechanic & Related

Material Logistics Specialists

Maintenance Control Technicians

Maintenance Training Specialists

Meeting Schedule

The next monthly union business meeting is Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 4:00pm. The meeting will be at the local lodge.

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Local Lodge Address

3727 Rose Lake Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217

Contact Us


Louis Gilmore, President: pres@vl1725.org

Todd Day, Vice President: vp@vl1725.org

Gary Winchester, Executive Secretary: manager@vl1725.org

Helena Thornton, Recording Secretary: rs@vl1725.org

Todd Day, Communicator: webmaster@vl1725.org

Phone: (704) 357-0027

Fax: (704) 357-0029

Normal Business Hours

7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Monday through Friday