IAM Demands More Protection for Airline and Rail Workers in Light of Continued Threats

January 13, 2021 Admin 0

January 13, 2021

IAM Transportation Department General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding the need for increased airline and railroad security in the coming weeks: 

“As a result of the assault on the Capitol Building and subsequent violent behavior by unruly airline travelers, the IAM demands that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and all airlines and rail carriers adjust and reinforce their security policies to further ensure the safety of all airline and rail workers and passengers. 

While there have been some security improvements at airports and rail
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A Holiday Message from GVP Pantoja

December 23, 2020 Admin 0

December 23, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This holiday season is ending a year unlike any other. 2020 began with a prosperous transportation industry. National rail negotiations were underway, the first joint collective bargaining agreements with American Airlines were wrapping up, and negotiations with several airlines were expected to yield tremendous benefits to tens of thousand of IAM members. 

COVID-19, however, had a different year planned for us. The global pandemic brought our industry to a screeching halt. The airborne virus’ deadly nature kept people from traveling by air or rail. The economic impact crushed the industries that rely on … Read More...

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Turbulent Week for Airline Members Ends

October 3, 2020 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers:
This week has been a very uncertain time for many of our members. Many of our carriers had issued WARN notices a month or so ago and furlough notices were given to affected members earlier in September. During this time, all the airline executives told all the workers that if the CARES Act were extended, all furloughs would be rescinded, and everyone would continue employment.

Unfortunately, despite airline CEOs, labor leaders from all unions, and phone calls, office visits and social media pleas to US legislators, we are now past the original CARES Act expiration date and … Read More...

Tens of Thousands of Airline Workers Furloughed, But PSP Extension Still Possible

October 1, 2020 Admin 0

October 1, 2020

The midnight deadline to extend the airline Payroll Support Program (PSP) has come and gone without action from Washington, DC. 

“Tens of thousands of IAM members and other airline employees woke up unemployed today,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “They did not lose their jobs because of COVID-19. They did not lose their jobs because of decisions made by airline executives. Airline workers lost their jobs today because the politicians who were elected to protect them failed to take action in a timely manner to save them.” 

The Machinists Union recognized the need for additional government … Read More...

Updated HEROES Act Introduced as Time Runs Out for Airline Workers

September 29, 2020 Admin 0

September 29, 2020

Texas Senator Cornyn’s Support Boosts Chances for Passage in the Senate 
On Monday evening, House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced a revised version of the HEROES Act, which includes $25 billion in funding for airline workers and another $3 billion for airline contractors. With a bipartisan majority of members of the House of Representatives on record supporting an extension of the Payroll Support Act (PSP), if the bill earns support in the Republican-controlled Senate, the eventual extension of the funding is all but assured.

If the bill fails to become law immediately, however, airlines may
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Payroll Support Program (PSP) Ending Soon HELP NEEDED NOW!

September 25, 2020 David Supplee 0

September 24, 2020

Sisters and Brothers:

Over the past month, the leaders of most of the major airlines, along with union leadership and members have been on Capitol Hill to push Congress to act immediately to pass a clean extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP). There are only six days remaining before the PSP expires, and without a clean extension, hundreds of thousands of airline workers face the possibility of being furloughed.

We need all our members, their families, and friends to contact their senators to get Congress to act NOW before the current PSP expires. It only takes … Read More...

Help Us Save Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs on Thursday’s IAM Airline Day of Action

September 15, 2020 Admin 0

September 15, 2020

IAM airline members are mobilizing this Thursday, Sept. 17 in 32 cities in over 20 states, either in person or virtually with Senators and Senate staff, to demand that Congress act now to pass legislation that would stem hundreds of thousands of layoffs slated to begin on October 1, 2020.

The Senate has taken two vacations and still hasn’t passed a clean extension of relief provided for airlines in the CARES Act. Time is running out. IAM members must act now to tell your Senators to support a clean extension of relief provided for airlines in the … Read More...

A Labor Day Message from GVP Pantoja

September 5, 2020 Admin 0

September 5, 2020

Labor Day weekend is usually a time to celebrate all working people, for us to enjoy and reflect on our hard work, and to remember all of our well-earned achievements this past year. This year, however, takes on a different tone. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed our lives and the way we do our jobs. Many of our union sisters and brothers have lost their jobs or, worse, suffered the loss of a loved one.   

IAM-represented transportation workers are on the front lines, taking on greater responsibilities. As essential workers, you have put your health at … Read More...

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ACT NOW: Airlines Begin Furloughs as Payroll Protection Draws Near

August 26, 2020 Admin 0

August 25, 2020

Currently, most of our members are at work, receiving a paycheck and have their benefits still intact, even though the airline industry has taken a severe hit because of COVID-19. This is possible due to the Paycheck Support Program (PSP) contained in the CARES Act. Unfortunately, the CARES Act is set to expire October 1. As a result, many of our airlines have started preparing for reductions by issuing Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN) notices to their employees. Just today, American Airlines announced they will begin issuing furlough notices beginning Thursday. Over 800 Mechanic and Related … Read More...

Breaking Point

Without PSP, AA Cuts 40,000

August 26, 2020 Admin 0

August 26, 2020

American Airlines announced plans to eliminate the jobs of “at least” 40,000 employees.

The furloughs would begin within hours of the expiration of the Payroll Support Program (PSP), the section of the CARES Act scheduled to end on October 1, just over a month before Election Day. The IAM has responded by calling on members to make a last stand on Capitol Hill and redouble efforts to convince lawmakers to renew funding for the PSP, which has stalled in the Senate. Airline executives agree that legislative action, if taken soon, would prevent the job cuts. 

In a … Read More...