David Lehive Appointed IAM Communications Representative

April 15, 2022 Admin 0

April 14, 2022

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed David J. Lehive as a Headquarters Communications Representative, effective April 14, 2022.

Lehive, formerly the IAM District 141 Communications Director, is an award-winning communicator with a long history of telling worker stories and helping to develop and implement strategies that advance the goals and brand of the IAM.

“The IAM is fortunate to welcome Dave on board at Headquarters after many great years of service to our members at District 141,” said Martinez. “Our members across North America will quickly get to know Dave as a passionate and dedicated … Read More...

Edison Fraser Appointed IAM Air Transport Territory Chief of Staff

April 15, 2022 Admin 0

April 14, 2022

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Edison Fraser, currently, IAM Transportation Coordinator, to serve as IAM Air Transport Territory Chief of Staff. The creation of the Air Transport Territory, which will be led by Richard Johnsen, and the appointment of Fraser are effective May 1, 2022.

Fraser, a 19-year IAM member, has served as Transportation Coordinator since June 2021. Under the leadership of Johnsen and Fraser, the new Air Transport Territory will continue with the progress made toward securing strong contracts, organizing new members, increasing membership communications, and fighting for increased staffing and other … Read More...

Richard Johnsen to Become General Vice President of New IAM Air Transport Territory

April 8, 2022 Admin 0

April 7, 2022

The IAM Executive Council has taken action to create an IAM Air Transport Territory, consisting of all IAM air transport members in the United States. Richard Johnsen, currently IAM Chief of Staff to the International President, will join the IAM Executive Council as Air Transport General Vice President.

The creation of the IAM Air Transport Territory, which will include IAM District 141 and IAM District 142, and the appointment of Johnsen as General Vice President, are both effective May 1, 2022.

The IAM, representing more than 100,000 air transport members, is the largest air transport union … Read More...

IAM Creates Rail Division to be Led by Josh Hartford for TCU/IAM, IAM District 19 Members

April 8, 2022 Admin 0

April 7, 2022

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Josh Hartford, who has served as an IAM District 19 General Chairman since 2017, as Special Assistant to the International President for the IAM Rail Division. The Transportation Communications Union (TCU/IAM) and IAM District 19, which combined represent tens of thousands of railroad workers, will be charter members of the IAM Rail Division and remain separate entities with the same current authority over all Local Lodges within their jurisdiction.

Hartford’s appointment and the creation of the IAM Rail Division are both effective May 1, 2022.

The announcement is … Read More...

IAM District Lodge 142 Trusteeship Hearing Update

March 17, 2022 Admin 0

March 17, 2022

Dear Sisters and Brothers of IAM District Lodge 142,

On February 16, 2022, a Special Trial Committee, comprised of three uninvolved IAM officers, conducted a hearing pertaining to the trusteeship of District Lodge 142. On March 15, the Special Trial Committee submitted its recommendation to the IAM International President to continue trusteeship of District Lodge 142. On March 17, the International President concurred with the decision to continue trusteeship, as seen in correspondence in the enclosed letter.

District Lodge 142 will continue moving forward to operate in a financially solvent manner in accordance with the … Read More...

IAM District Lodge 142 Trusteeship and Suspension of District Lodge 142 Elections

January 26, 2022 Admin 0

January 26, 2022

Dear Sisters and Brothers of IAM District Lodge 142,

As seen in the District Lodge 142 Trusteeship letter attachedthe upcoming elections are suspended for ONLY District Lodge 142 President/Directing General Chair, Vice Presidents, Trustee and General Chairs positions until further notice.

For Local Lodges represented by both District Lodge 142 and District Lodge 141, please know that District 141 elections will continue per the election notices. In addition, all Local Lodge elections will continue as posted per your Local Lodge bylaws. All regular meetings scheduled for Local Lodges and its affiliates, such as those … Read More...

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Transportation Leadership honor Helena Thornton as she is sworn in as President of Victory Lodge 1725

January 14, 2022 Admin 0

Victory Lodge 1725 made history this past Thursday, January 13th, as Helena Thornton was sworn in as its first female President.

L-R Edison Fraser, Dora Cervantes, Renae Miller, Helena Thornton, Tami Travis, Richard Johnsen

IAM Transportation senior leadership was on hand to honor Helena. Richard Johnsen, Chief of Staff to the International President; Edison Fraser, Transportation Coordinator; Tom Regan, Airline Coordinator, Grand Lodge Special Representative Will Cashion and Headquarters Communications Representative Tanya Hutchins joined General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes as she swore in Helena and the 1725 Executive Board and grievance committees.

Victory Lodge 1725 continues to lead the way in … Read More...

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IAM Transportation Senior Leadership CLT Station Visit

January 10, 2022 Admin 0

IAMAW Transportation Leadership is coming to Charlotte for a station visit.

Dates: Wednesday – January 12th, Thursday – January 13th, Friday – January 14th

Rich Johnsen, Edison Fraser, Tom Regan and Will Cashion, accompanied by IAM GC’s, AGC’s and local Grievance Committees will be visiting breakrooms and work areas throughout the Charlotte Hub to conduct meet and greet and informational sessions.

Be on the lookout for our senior leadership on the dates above and welcome them to Charlotte.

Click on the flyer below to download and/or print a copy. Please feel free to post on … 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...