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this time, all the airline executives told all the workers that if the CARES Act were extended, all furloughs would be rescinded, and everyone would continue employment.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...

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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...

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Payroll Protection Draws Near, Airlines Prepare for Furloughs

August 25, 2020 Admin 0

August 25, 2020

The Paycheck Support Program contained in the CARES Act is set to expire on October 1, 2020. Carriers are making plans on how to deal with its loss, and the outlook doesn’t look good for airline workers. 

American Airlines is expected to announce thousands of workers will be laid-off on October 1, Southwest Airlines is eliminating 35,000 flights from its October schedule, and Air Wisconsin, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, ExpressJet, Hawaiian Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and United Ground Express have issued Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN). There is no time to waste. 

The only hope of staving … Read More...

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URGENT: Act Now to Tell the Senate to Extend Airline Worker Relief

July 31, 2020 Admin 0

July 30, 2020

After a majority of the U.S. House indicated support for a “clean extension” of the airline Payroll Support Program, the IAM is now calling on U.S. Senators to step in to save the jobs of hundreds of thousands of airline workers. 

The Senate will soon go on recess and IAM members must act now to tell your Senators to support a clean extension of relief provided for airlines in the CARES Act. 

TAKE ACTION: Tell Your U.S. Senators to Extend Airline Worker Relief 

Airline workers are facing the worst crisis by far in the industry’s history, with … Read More...

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Machinists, Aviation Unions Commend Bipartisan Push for Airline Worker Payroll Support Program Extension

July 28, 2020 Admin 0

July 28, 2020

The IAM along with other aviation unions are lauding 223 bipartisan members of Congress for calling for an extension of the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP) through March 31, 2021. The program, which allocated grants to commercial airlines and airline contractors for the exclusive purpose of keeping employees on payroll with wages and benefits, is set to expire September 30, 2020.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) led the letter to congressional leadership.

“The IAM thanks the 223 members of Congress for swiftly responding to the airline industry’s call for an extension of
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Support Extension of CARES Act NOW!

July 16, 2020 Admin 0

July 16, 2020

Since early this year, the airline industry has faced unprecedented impacts from the COVID-19 virus. Passenger loads, normally in the millions per day, are only now in the thousands. Airlines have parked hundreds of their aircraft and reduced flights to a fraction of what they normally flew.

While we saw an increase in the number of people flying, recently many states are now seeing an increase in COVID-19 infections. Some states are reinstating their “stay at home” orders or closing many of their businesses. As a result, bookings are dropping again.

During all of this at our … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Update – April 1, 2020

April 2, 2020 Admin 0

April 1, 2020

With the ever changing way of life we all are experiencing we want to give our members an update on issues at Southwest Airlines. Should you have any specific concerns or questions, please reach out to your local stewards or your General Chair.

Employee Time Off (ETO) Program

The company has offered ground employees an “enhanced” personal leave of absence program. This is a company program, not something they negotiated with any labor group. While it is not in violation of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), it does raise the question why our work group is being … Read More...