What I’m Thankful For

November 26, 2020 Admin 0

November 26, 2020

Sisters, Brothers and Friends of the IAM,

While this year has been unlike any other, there is still much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

This challenging time has given us all a new perspective. I know I’m especially grateful for our Machinists Union family—and the work all of our members have done day in and day out during these difficult times.

I am also thinking of those who have been affected most by this pandemic—the families who are mourning the loss of a loved one or picking up the pieces after losing their job. We see … Read More...

Home Agent Update

November 23, 2020 Admin 0

November 23, 2020

As has been reported, your Union has met with Southwest management to discuss the continuance of the home agent program. It is important to understand that these discussions are not encumbered by the simultaneous negotiation for a new contract under the National Mediation Board procedures. The need for us to engage with Southwest over this matter was caused by the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting decisions to initiate work-at-home conditions.

The continuance of the home agent program is a stand-alone issue that can be discussed and potentially agreed to between the parties under language … Read More...

There is Nothing to Vote

November 23, 2020 Admin 0

November 20, 2020

Despite the Company’s very awkward attempt to bargain directly with its employees and go around your negotiators, the fact remains that there is no contract package for our members to vote on. We continue the negotiating process under the rules of the Railway Labor Act with a mediator who calls for our official negotiating meetings. No such meetings have been recently called and, therefore, nothing has changed since our last report.

It is true that your Union is open to any dialogue that will bring us closer to the agreement you deserve. An effort was made outside … Read More...

Setting the Record Straight

November 19, 2020 Admin 0

November 17, 2020

Recently, Southwest distributed a communication Companywide from Julie and Russell trying to describe terms that may be used as Southwest contemplates reducing the workforce. One misleading or confusing part of that communication, as it applies to IAM represented employees, is the use of the term furlough or layoff.

Under our collective bargaining agreements, the use of either term furlough or layoff has the same consequences. Unless a person accepts severance or otherwise voluntarily ends their employment at a time of reduction, the terms furlough and layoff are interchangeable. A person who is furloughed or laid off are … Read More...

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Tiny Raider Association Threatens Mechanics at American Airlines

November 15, 2020 Admin 0

November 15, 2020

A small and poorly-resourced association claimed on Friday that it secured the requisite support among mechanic and related workers at American Airlines to call for a representation election. The Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (amfa) filed what is known as an application for investigation for a representation dispute with the National Mediation Board (NMB) Friday afternoon. The NMB will now determine if a dispute actually exists.

In its announcement, amfa claimed that changes in union representation will “not impact your current collective bargaining agreement.” That is one of their lies. A change in representation will end the guaranteed … Read More...

$3 Million Reasons Why Southwest Management Refuses to Take Federal Loan

November 13, 2020 Admin 0

November 12, 2020

All five of Southwest Airlines’ named executives would be subject to strict pay limitations for up to six years if the company takes a loan from the U.S. Treasury as part of the CARES Act emergency relief legislation.

CEO Gary Kelly, who received $8.8 million in total compensation in 2019, would be limited to no more than $5.9 million (the equivalent of a nearly $3 million pay cut) in any twelve month period until 12 months after the loan is repaid – likely until the year 2026. Any officer severance packages would also be limited for years … Read More...

A Veterans Day Message from GVP Pantoja

November 11, 2020 Admin 0

November 11, 2020

Today, we celebrate Veterans Day. On this special day, let us pause and salute all who have served and honor the tremendous sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to preserve our freedom. 

It is the courage, conviction and service of our veterans and active military that allowed more than 150 million Americans to vote in last week’s election. Our military protects the freedom which provides us the right to vote.  

This occasion also gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the many important contributions of the thousands of veterans who are now … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Update – Still Waiting

November 10, 2020 Admin 0

November 10, 2020

Since our last bulletin, as the Company has been talking concessions and furloughs, their negotiators have sought no meetings with our negotiators. We said earlier that they know an agreement can only be reached at the table, not through partial and misleading characterizations directly to employees. It seems they have no real interest in solving the last remaining issues to get to agreement.

Your Union’s position remains that all open articles, inclusive of an agreement resolving the abusive use of mandatory overtime, be satisfactorily met. The overtime crisis has not been seriously addressed by Southwest.

The proposal … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Update – November 2, 2020

November 10, 2020 Admin 0

November 2, 2020

Since our last bulletin, your negotiators have been ready at a moment’s notice to meet in an effort to find an agreement with Southwest management. The company has requested no future dates, nor have they responded to the demands of our members.  Instead, they have been wasting time misleading you, the members, that all your demands were met.  The Company negotiators know full well that an agreement can only be reached at the bargaining table, not by publicly distributing a one-sided version of their proposal.

As we have said and continue to say to Southwest – “it … Read More...