Association Bulletin – 12/14/2019

December 14, 2019 Admin 0

December 14, 2019

Sisters and Brothers,

Over the past several weeks, the Association, the NMB and American Airlines have been working to reach the tentative agreement our members have been promised and rightfully deserve. As most of you know, we also agreed to limit communications in a manner that would not create more rumor or innuendo from either side.

Management Negotiators are frequently absent from these negotiations which was the primary reason for not continuing face-to-face negotiations this week. We also had requested that the NMB allow us to negotiate the week of Thanksgiving, but the Company Negotiators passed on … Read More...

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IAM District 142 Wins Arbitration Case for AA Stock Clerks

December 11, 2019 Admin 0

December 11, 2019

Earlier this year, District Lodge 142 saw the culmination of a protracted battle over protecting the rights of work we have a contractual right to perform.  The case involved CLT Stores work and was discovered by some very diligent CLT Stores members who subsequently engaged their local IAM Stewards in the filing of the instant grievance.  The case moved through the process and was ultimately presented in an arbitration before Arbitrator Richard Bloch. The arbitration centered on an investigation that discovered that management had been secretly executing repair orders at remote locations for years. All of these … Read More...

Roger Thompson Receives Retirement Watch

Congratulations to Roger Thompson on his Retirement!

December 4, 2019 Admin 0

Congratulations are in order for Roger Thompson on his retirement. Roger retired Tuesday, December 3, 2019 with a ceremony at the Charlotte Heavy Maintenance Hangar. He worked as a Lead Mechanic on 2nd Shift in the Composite Shop.

Roger began his career in aviation maintenance in 1967 and went to work for Piedmont Airlines in 1973. He received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in 2017, having completed 50 years as a mechanic. He retired with 52 total years in aviation, with 46 of those years being with Piedmont Airlines, USAir, US Airways and American Airlines.

Roger, we hope you … Read More...

Ryan, Simmons Named Transportation Department Special Representatives

December 2, 2019 Admin 0

General Vice President Sito Pantoja is proud to announce the appointment of Sean Ryan and Gil Simmons as the Transportation Department’s newest Special Representatives. 

Sean Ryan initiated into IAM Local Lodge 2444 in April 1985 when he was hired by Piedmont Airlines in Norfolk VA. He served as Grievance Committee Chairman from 1990-2008. In 1995, he was appointed and later elected as the first and only president of the newly chartered Local Lodge 2914 where he served in that capacity until 2008 when he was appointed and later elected to his current position of General Chair for District 142. Prior … Read More...

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2019 Admin 0

We would like to wish all the members of Victory Lodge 1725 and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

What are we thankful for here? We are thankful for YOU! Our members are our union and our local.

If you are traveling this holiday please be safe and save us a piece of pumpkin pie!

Fraternally,

Victory Lodge 1725 Executive Board & Staff.

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The Association Negotiations Update – NMB Schedules Meetings

November 25, 2019 Admin 0

November 25, 2019

The Association leadership has pursued continuing negotiations on American Airlines with or without the presence of the National Mediation Board (NMB) with some limited success. After our last negotiating session closed November 15, we asked the Company to agree to meet this week. They declined.

The National Mediation Board has announced scheduled mediation dates for the first two weeks of December. We will meet with NMB members December 4th and 6th next week and December 9ththrough 12th the following week.

Our intention will be, as it always has been, to bring the … Read More...

Guide Dogs of America Charity Weekend

November 25, 2019 Admin 0

Woofstock 2019 was held in Las Vegas, NV November 21 – 23.

This fundraising event, “Three Days of Peace and Pups,” featured events such as the Hawgs for Dogs motorcycle ride, Sporting Clay shoot, Golf Tournament and a Charity Banquet.

We’ll have fundraising totals for you soon! In the meantime here are some pictures from our Guide Dogs of America Committee Chair Mark DeLuke. You can also check out our lodge’s Facebook page for more photos from District Lodge 141 Communicator Dave Lehive.

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Renaissance West STEAM Academy

Winter Fest at Renaissance West STEAM Academy

November 23, 2019 Admin 0

Renaissance West STEAM Academy is holding a Winter Fest celebration December 20, 2019 from 9AM to 3PM. Grades PreK – 7th.

All are Welcome!

Donations are needed for non-perishable items, toys, coats, hats, scarves and gloves and gift cards of any amount.

You can drop off donations at the Local Lodge or the 141 or 142 Grievance Committee Offices by Friday, December 13.

Note: All volunteers must be registered as a CMS Volunteer. You can register HERE…

For more information contact Helena at 757-329-5335 or AJ at 704-281-4823.

See the flyer below and please feel free to print, post and … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – November 18, 2019

November 21, 2019 Admin 0

November 18, 2019

Negotiations continued the week of November 11, 2019 in Washington DC.

This week of negotiations focused on Article 7, Mandatory Overtime. The dialogue centered on the need to eliminate the use of Mandatory Overtime and various ways to secure a contract that addresses our members’ desire for a better quality of life.

Prior to recessing negotiations, your committee passed a comprehensive proposal that will ensure our Sisters and Brothers enjoy a quality of life deserving of all employees. Additionally, the comprehensive proposal includes economic provisions recognizing your contributions to the success of Southwest Airlines and that would ensure … Read More...

The Association Negotiations Update – November 16, 2019

November 16, 2019 Admin 0

November 16, 2019

Sisters and Brothers, The Association’s Executive Negotiating Committee met this week in Washington, D.C. with members of the National Mediation Board and representatives from the carrier. Limited progress was made this week, and that is encouraging.  Our goal is not simply to reach an agreement with the company. Our goal is to reach the right agreement for Association members. We need to ensure any agreement provides the wages, benefits and terms that you have earned and deserve. That is why your continued patience and solidarity is so important.  Future negotiation dates are currently being discussed with American … Read More...