American Airlines Vaccine Mandate Update

October 23, 2021 Admin 0

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 the vaccination at this time. Those members should put in for a medical exemption and request for a Covid-19 vaccine deferral until such time they can get vaccinated. The second question  answered was if there would be an exception for … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Vaccine Mandate Update

October 22, 2021 Admin 0

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 requests on an individual basis in a reasonable manner. Although Southwest Airlines is still in the process of determining what these accommodations will be, what is certain, unpaid leaves of absences and terminations are off the table.

It was further … Read More...

NC State AFL-CIO 64th Annual Convention

October 22, 2021 Maureen Kelly 0

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 and ready to join with union and labor activists (fully masked) from across the state and country, united for organizing and improving the lives of workers.

The convention was kicked off by none other than our fantastic Madam President MaryBe McMillan. We had a room … Read More...

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IAM/PSA Airlines 2021 Negotiations Update – Oct 20th

October 20, 2021 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers:

Negotiations began this week in DAY with an opening day with a packed room. Present for the Company were representatives from HR, Finance and Maintenance groups led by VP of HR Margaret Soda, VP of Maintenance Mark Swearingen and PSA Chief Counsel and Lead Negotiator Steven Nigh. Present for the Union were myself, GLR John Werkmeister, Todd Road-CAK, Greg Farmer-DAY, Scott Carpenter-CVG, Richard Boultt-ORF, Scott Helliker-PNS, Frank Wrennal-GSP and Ian Cole-CLT.

The Company gave detailed presentations on numerous areas of the airline operation as well as maintenance specific presentations covering many of the improvements that have been … Read More...

Apply Now for the 2022 IAM Scholarship Competition

October 18, 2021 Admin 0

The 2022 IAM Scholarship Competition is accepting applications. The competition is open to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada. The Application packet must be postmarked by February 11, 2022, and received no later than February 23, 2022.

Applications, rules, and general information can be found on the 2022 IAM Scholarship Competition page.

In 2021, the IAM awarded 16 scholarships valued at $64,000. The winners were selected out of over 300 applicants.

The IAM also has a vocational-technical two-year scholarship available to both members and their children.

The IAM Scholarship Fund, which is … Read More...

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Chief of Staff Johnsen Addresses Unruly Passengers and chronic understaffing

October 17, 2021 Admin 0

Richard Johnsen, Chief of Staff to the International President, wrote an op-ed in today’s USA TODAY addressing unruly passengers and understaffing issues in the airline industry. 

There has been a lot of news lately about air rage. You’ve probably seen the viral videos: violent passengers, many angry about mask policies, throwing punches at flight crews and putting other passengers at risk. 

It’s happening on the ground, too. Airport workers like customer service agents are usually the first contact for travelers at the airport, and often the first in line for abuse.  

The Federal Aviation Authority has imposed stiffer … Read More...

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Concerns Over Job Action Posts on Social Media

October 16, 2021 Admin 0

October 15, 2021

Sisters and Brothers:

Recently, we had been advised by one of our companies that they saw posts on social media calling for job action by our members. Let me be very clear, the union does NOT support job actions that violate the current labor agreements. All contracts provide for processes to have disputes resolved. Please review your contracts or reach out to your union reps if you have concerns or need clarification. Also, be aware of your company’s social media policy.

We understand emotions are at their peak over the federal mandate. We have had discussions with … Read More...

AA Vaccine Mandate Update

October 16, 2021 Admin 0

October 15, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Today the Association leadership meet via conference call with American Airlines 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 accommodations. The company will actively engage in processing and approving the requests on an individual basis in a reasonable manner. Although American Airlines is still in the process of determining what these accommodations will be, what is certain, unpaid leaves of absences are off … Read More...

EAP: DEA Public Safety Alert-One Pill Can Kill

October 15, 2021 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers, your IAM EAP Representatives are sharing this information to help keep you better informed about health and safety issues that can affect our members’ lives and livelihood.

U.S. Department of Transportation sent this bulletin at 10/05/2021 12:48 PM EDT

On September 27, 2021, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a Public Safety Alert to warn the American public of the alarming increase in fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and meth. These counterfeit pills are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. DEA warns that pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are … Read More...