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...

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...

Southwest Airlines Negotiations Update – March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020 Admin 0

March 13, 2020

Your Negotiating Committee met with Southwest Airlines Management, under the auspices of the National Mediation Board (NMB), March 10-12, 2020, at the Kansas City Airport Marriott. Your Committee came motivated and eager to reach an agreement deserving of the membership. Over the course of our sessions, we worked late into the night meeting with the Company, diligently going over proposals, reevaluating language and ‘thinking out of the box’ in an effort to bring our negotiations to a close.

Unfortunately, due to outside circumstances, namely the COVID-19 crisis, we were unable to reach an agreement. The nationwide pandemic, … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Negotiations Update – March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020 Admin 0

March 9, 2020

We have been advised by the National Mediation Board (NMB) that our first negotiations session with Mediator Victoria Gray will be held March 10 through 12 in Kansas City, Missouri. We look forward to Ms. Gray’s assistance in obtaining the contract you – the membership — deserve. 

We understand many members will have questions regarding the mediation process. The Negotiating Committee is planning station visits and attending local lodge meetings between negotiation sessions in order to explain how mediation works and answer general questions about our negotiations to date. The Committee will also be available to give … Read More...

IAM and Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update

March 1, 2020 Admin 0

February 28, 2020

Your Negotiation Committee met at the Marriott Suites Medical/Market Center in Dallas, Texas. February 25 – 27, 2020 to prepare for mediation. We briefly met with the company but were unable to resolve our remaining concerns.

Negotiations will resume, with the assistance of the mediator. Tentative dates are scheduled. Your continued solidarity and support are appreciated. Please go to our website at www.iamdl142.org and sign up for email updates to get the latest updates on negotiations.

Fraternally,

April Butler    Kenny Champagne    Carrie Lessley    Jessica Morris
GENERAL CHAIRS

Ian Scott-Anderman 
SECRETARY-TREASURER

Lollie Beecher (MSY)    … Read More...

IAM and Southwest Airlines Negotiations Headed to Mediation

February 14, 2020 Admin 0

February 14, 2020

After more than two years of negotiations with Southwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it invoked its right to mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to help resolve the dispute over a new contract for 7,852 Southwest Airlines Passenger Service and Reservation employees.

While many contract issues remain unresolved, the one issue that has completely derailed negotiations is Southwest’s treatment of its employees. The carrier is demanding to continue its unusual practice of requiring employees to return to work after their shift has ended and forcing them to work … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – January 27, 2020

January 28, 2020 Admin 0

January 27, 2020

Negotiations continued January 21 – 23, 2020 at Southwest Airlines Headquarters Dallas, Texas. Discussions took place with Articles Six (Hours of Service) and Twenty-Seven (Wage Rules). The company’s position remains the same and no further movement continued with Article Seven (Overtime). Your committee worked with the remaining open articles.
Future sessions to be determined. Your solidarity and support are appreciated. 
Please go to our website at www.iamdl142.org and sign up for email updates to get the latest updates on negotiations.

 Fraternally,
April Butler               Kenny Champagne        Carrie Lessley            Jessica Morris
GENERAL CHAIRS 

Ian Scott-Anderman
SECRETARY-TREASURER

Lollie Beecher (MSY)            … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – January 20, 2020

January 21, 2020 Admin 0

January 20, 2020

Negotiations resumed January 14 -16, 2020 at Southwest Airlines Headquarters Dallas, Texas. This week the company responded to Articles Six (Hours of Service) and Twenty-Seven (Wage Rules). Your committee continues to fight for a work life balance and shares the frustration of the membership with the company’s position on these issues.

The next session is scheduled January 21 – 23, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Your solidarity and support are appreciated. Please go to our website at www.iamdl142.org and sign up for email updates to get the latest updates on negotiations.

Fraternally,

April Butler      Kenny Champagne  … 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...

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – November 18, 2019

November 21, 2019 Admin 0

November 18, 2019

Negotiations continued the week of November 11, 2019 in Washington DC.

This week of negotiations focused on Article 7, Mandatory Overtime. The dialogue centered on the need to eliminate the use of Mandatory Overtime and various ways to secure a contract that addresses our members’ desire for a better quality of life.

Prior to recessing negotiations, your committee passed a comprehensive proposal that will ensure our Sisters and Brothers enjoy a quality of life deserving of all employees. Additionally, the comprehensive proposal includes economic provisions recognizing your contributions to the success of Southwest Airlines and that would ensure … Read More...