IAM Safety Committee Issues Coronavirus Update

January 28, 2020 Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the IAM Joint Air Transport Safety Committee (JATSC) has been proactive in ensuring the safety of all IAM members who work with the traveling public and provide cleaning and maintenance on aircraft.  The committee has participated in conference calls with its respective airlines to discuss the adequacy of current policies and [Read More..]

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020 Negotiations continued January 21 – 23, 2020 at Southwest Airlines Headquarters Dallas, Texas. Discussions took place with Articles Six (Hours of Service) and Twenty-Seven (Wage Rules). The company’s position remains the same and no further movement continued with Article Seven (Overtime). Your committee worked with the remaining open articles.Future sessions to be determined. Your solidarity and support [Read More..]

“C” is for “Consistency” – Ramp Safety

Ramp safety briefings are an important piece of a broader topic: Safety Culture. At the foundation of a good safety culture is clear, consistent communication on safety from all levels of an organization’s leadership….

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – January 20, 2020

January 20, 2020 Negotiations resumed January 14 -16, 2020 at Southwest Airlines Headquarters Dallas, Texas. This week the company responded to Articles Six (Hours of Service) and Twenty-Seven (Wage Rules). Your committee continues to fight for a work life balance and shares the frustration of the membership with the company’s position on these issues. The next session is scheduled January [Read More..]

Association Bulletin – 01/20/2020

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE Sisters and Brothers, Talks continue by phone between the Association Leadership and American Airlines in reaching a JCBA. As such, we wanted to update the membership and dispel a false narrative, speculation and rumors some may be spreading. We are set to meet again with the NMB on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00AM through the close of [Read More..]

All Labor Has Dignity

January 18, 2020 Sisters, Brothers and Friends of the IAM, Like so many other social justice warriors, Dr. King realized that inequality is a threat to our democracy. He spent his life fighting and calling for economic justice. King realized that inequality is a threat to our democracy—right until the very end. As we pause to celebrate his birthday, we [Read More..]

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New Resources & Benefits Available to Veterans

The Veterans Administration has extended access to Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR beginning this January. Eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers will have access to DoD and Coast Guard commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation retail services. Read the entire article by clicking the graphic/link below: The VA also recently released a list of its most popular free [Read More..]

Congratulations to Mike Carroll on his Retirement

Please join us in wishing Line Maintenance AMT Mike Carroll a very Happy Retirement! Mike retired from American Airlines on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020. He began working with Piedmont Airlines before the mergers with US Air and American and witnessed many changes, mergers and moves over his 33 year career. Mike, you are always welcome to come back and visit [Read More..]

2019 WinterFest at Renaissance West

A few pictures from the 2019 Winterfest at Renaissance West STEAM Academy.
The full gallery can be viewed here.

District 141 Scholarships

2019 Adolph Stutz Memorial Scholarship Winners

August 14, 2019 0

District 141 is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Adolph Stutz Memorial Scholarships. Skye Balfour, daughter of United Airlines CSR Julie Balfour, a member of Detroit Air Transport Local 141 earned the top $2,000 prize. The topic for this year’s scholarship competition was “How can our Local Lodges better serve our communities?” Skye wrote a poignant essay narrating [Read More..]

District 142 Scholarships

District 142 Scholarship Awards – 2019

May 2, 2019 0

DISTRICT 142 LOUIS L. GRAY – ROBERT M. MOORE – FRANK SCORE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS – 2019 The officers and staff of District #142 are proud to announce one (1) award of $2,500 and five  (5) awards of $1,000 each for the 2019 scholarship competition. The First Prize awardee of $2,500.00: Local Lodge 601 – Carsen Sandau The $1,000.00  Awardees are: Local Lodge [Read More..]

History of the struggles IAM members endured to offer us a middle class life.

Recording Secretary Helena Thornton and Vice President Joe Behan draw the winning tickets for the 50" Smart TV and the 2 Visa Gift cards at the August union meeting.

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We are Ready to Fight!!

The time to fight is now. Solidarity!!
Our Mechanic & Related brothers and sisters are ready to fight!! Contract Now!

Informational Picketing Photo Album

Click on this photo to view the photo album from the Informational Picketing on March 28, 2019.

Ground Safety

CLT Ramp Safety Standards Manual
CLT Ramp Safety Standards Manual

Meeting Schedule

The next scheduled Monthly Business Meeting will be  Thursday, February 13 at 12pm.

The meeting will be at the Local Lodge at 3727 Rose Lake Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217


Local Lodge Calendar

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Grievance Committees Election Results

IAM Victory Lodge

Shop Stewards & Grievance Committees Sworn in.

January 13, 2020 0

One of the highlights, every year, of the January business meeting is the swearing in of new Shop Stewards. This year also saw the swearing in of the new Grievance Committees for Fleet Service and Maintenance & Related. As our lodge grows in membership so do the numbers of shop stewards. We are proud of all our new and returning [Read More..]

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Retirement Links

IAM National Pension Fund

Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC)

Health Coverage Tax Credit

Social Security Administration



Affordable Care Act


Special Retiree Benefit

New IAM Pension Application Procedures

December 27, 2018 0

12/27/2018 Effective January 1, 2019 the Benefit Fund Office (BFO) of the IAM National Pension Fund (IAMNPF) will implement a change to in the Pension Application procedures to ensure compliance with the Fund’s rules. The IAMNPF Summary Plan Description states: “You will be considered as having applied only when the Fund Office has received all parts of your completed application [Read More..]

Airline Retiree Benefit Plan

November 18, 2016 0

https://www.gilsbar.com/airlineretireebenefitplan/ Dear Retiree, As an Airline industry retiree, spouse, domestic partner or survivor age 65 and over, you are now eligible to enroll in the group benefit plans through the Airline Retiree Benefit Plan. You are now eligible to elect Medical, Prescription Drug, Dental and Vision coverage and pay competitive group rates negotiated  by the buying power of the Airline [Read More..]

Local Lodge Location

Local Lodge Address

3727 Rose Lake Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217

Contact Us


Craig Vanderhoof, President: pres@vl1725.org

Gary Winchester, Executive Secretary: manager@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


This is What Solidarity Looks Like

This is What Solidarity Looks Like
Video: Anthony Heron
Narration: Louis Gilmore

Machinists Gear Store

Have you checked out the Machinists Gear Store?

January 25, 2018 0

Have you checked out the Machinist’s Gear Store lately? At the Machinists Gear Store you will find fresh styles and the newest designs. Quality, comfort and style are featured in all these American Made products!! At the store you’ll find products such as apparel for men, women, unisex items, Young Machinists, jewelry, bags & hats and membership materials. What are [Read More..]