Southwest Misleads its Employees and the Public

May 13, 2020 Admin 0

May 13, 2020

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

While Southwest has been going through the same hard times as all other airlines, they have continued to mislead employees and the public on a very important fact. In spite of their repeated claims otherwise, furloughs have indeed occurred at Southwest Airlines. The Machinists Union has reached the end of its tolerance of allowing Southwest to continue this myth. Just last Friday, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly did it again – enough is enough.

As most great ideas begin, so did Southwest Airlines Co. The idea of Southwest sprang from Herb Kelleher and Rollin … Read More...

Young Workers Committee: Golf Tournament Postponed

April 9, 2020 Admin 0

Due to the ongoing Covid-19/Coronavirus crisis, the Young Workers Committee has made the decision to postpone the Golf Tournament that was scheduled for May 20.

As soon as a new date is scheduled and confirmed we will update.

Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe.

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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...

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A Situation Unparalleled in Our Lifetime

March 16, 2020 Admin 0

March 16, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  The change enveloping our industry is unprecedented. Each day brings us new revelations about where COVID-19 is spreading and how it is being transmitted. We wake up each day and learn about the latest travel restrictions imposed and what traditional parts of our daily life, such as sporting events, restaurants and our children’s schools, are suddenly closed for business. 

What our industry is experiencing is extraordinary. We have been through deregulation, bankruptcies, industry consolidation and terrorists weaponizing our workplace. But we find ourselves today in a crisis, though temporary, that is unparalleled in … 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. 

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS? 

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...

IP Martinez Message to IAM Members on COVID-19 Outbreak

March 13, 2020 Admin 0

March 12, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I know there is much uncertainty surrounding the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak that has now been classified as a global pandemic. Our daily routines are being affected by the cancellation of many events in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. I want each and every member of our IAM family to know that the IAM is taking all necessary action to keep all of us safe, while continuing the important work of our union.

The most important thing each of us can do now is to heed the advice of … Read More...

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GVP Pantoja Addresses COVID-19 Pandemic

March 13, 2020 Admin 0

March 12, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,  

As the COVID-19 virus outbreak evolves and expands in the U.S. and across the globe, our industry has been especially vulnerable. It is our business to transport passengers and goods around the world. Unfortunately, this virus uses our workplace to jump from point to point, and that has made some people nervous to use the transportation services we provide. 

Last night, President Trump issued travel restrictions from more than two dozen European countries. Air and rail carriers have also cut service to meet the temporary drop in demand for passenger travel. Our daily … 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...