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Machinists Union Demands CDC Protect Transportation Workers

April 10, 2020 Admin 0

April 10, 2020

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today called on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to increase access to novel coronavirus testing for the nation’s air, rail and transit workers.

“While transportation workers have answered the call in the most patriotic and caring ways possible, they are also contracting the novel coronavirus at alarming rates,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja, IAM District 19 President Mike Perry, IAM District 141 President Mike Klemm and IAM District 142 President Dave Supplee in a letter to the Director of the CDC, Robert Redfield MD. “Sadly,

National Group Protection Offers Supplemental Program During LOA

April 9, 2020 Admin 0

April 9, 2020

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has taken on our work groups, National Group sent us the message below. 

NGP is committed to support you and your members during these difficult times.  We’ve been working to put in place a range of actions to support members who are enrolled in the NGP supplemental benefits program, and proactively address their coverage concerns.

We realize many members will participate in the Leave of Absence programs that are being offered by various carriers.  The following special provisions apply to those members within District 142 who take an Read More...

Senate Passes Bill to Steady Air and Rail Industries

March 26, 2020 Admin 0

March 26, 2020

The Senate late last night passed a bi-partisan stimulus Bill that will help stabilize the air and rail industries, protect our members and provide the entire country with much-needed financial relief. The House of Representatives is expected to easily pass the Bill in the coming days.  

“This critical legislation was almost derailed by opportunists, including some in the labor movement, trying to add self-serving conditions to the aid our members and our industry so desperately need,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “The IAM’s legislative team has been working around the clock, seven days a week since … Read More...

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CORONAVIRUS: COVID-19 Be Vigilant. Be Prepared. Don’t Panic.

March 15, 2020 Admin 0

The COVID-19 outbreak is caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. It has spread rapidly around the globe and now throughout the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the outbreak as a pandemic. Federal health officials have said we should prepare for severe disruptions to group gatherings and public settings, such as schools and other workplaces, and everyday life, raising a number of concerns for working people. 


The COVID-19 virus is spreading from person to person, and there has been community transmission in the United States. Workplace exposure is a serious … Read More...

IAM Safety Committee Issues Coronavirus Update

January 28, 2020 Admin 0

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 procedures. These calls have included the airlines’ Medical, Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Operating Departments. 

JATSC Representatives have also initiated conference calls with other aviation union affiliates of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department (TTD) along with principals and senior officials from … Read More...

A Holiday Message from GVP Pantoja

December 23, 2019 Admin 0

I’d like to wish every IAM member and their family peace, love and health this holiday season. Your hard work throughout the year is what makes our union as strong as it is. Thank you for making this year one of our best.I’d also like to extend my gratitude to those IAM members who will be working during the holidays. You sacrifice time away from your families so millions of travelers can spend time with theirs. Most passengers will be too hurried to express their appreciation, so let me say it for them – Thank you.  Sito Pantoja, General Vice … 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...

We Remember

September 11, 2019 Admin 0

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends of the IAM,

Eighteen years ago today, we witnessed the senseless coordinated attacks that killed thousands of innocent people at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

The unimaginable events that unfolded that day have changed us forever.

That includes the loss of IAM members: United Airlines Customer Service employees Marianne McFarland and Jesus Sanchez were aboard United Flight 175, the plane that hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. IAM Organizer and New York City Firefighter Keith Maynard died … Read More...

A 9/11 Message from GVP Pantoja

September 11, 2019 Admin 0

General Vice President Sito Pantoja today issued the following statement on the anniversary of 9/11: 

Sisters and Brothers, today marks the eighteenth anniversary of the cowardly attacks that killed thousands of innocent people. It is a day of reflection and remembrance. On that fateful day, there was no shortage of heroism as many people sacrificed their own well-being to help those in need. 

The IAM lost three courageous members that day, United Airlines Customer Service employees Marianne McFarland and Jesus Sanchez who were onboard United 175 and IAM Organizer and New York City Firefighter Keith Maynard who died in the … Read More...