Roger Thompson Receives Retirement Watch

Congratulations to Roger Thompson on his Retirement!

December 4, 2019 Admin 0

Congratulations are in order for Roger Thompson on his retirement. Roger retired Tuesday, December 3, 2019 with a ceremony at the Charlotte Heavy Maintenance Hangar. He worked as a Lead Mechanic on 2nd Shift in the Composite Shop.

Roger began his career in aviation maintenance in 1967 and went to work for Piedmont Airlines in 1973. He received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in 2017, having completed 50 years as a mechanic. He retired with 52 total years in aviation, with 46 of those years being with Piedmont Airlines, USAir, US Airways and American Airlines.

Roger, we hope you …

Guide Dogs of America Charity Weekend

November 25, 2019 Admin 0

Woofstock 2019 was held in Las Vegas, NV November 21 – 23.

This fundraising event, “Three Days of Peace and Pups,” featured events such as the Hawgs for Dogs motorcycle ride, Sporting Clay shoot, Golf Tournament and a Charity Banquet.

We’ll have fundraising totals for you soon! In the meantime here are some pictures from our Guide Dogs of America Committee Chair Mark DeLuke. You can also check out our lodge’s Facebook page for more photos from District Lodge 141 Communicator Dave Lehive.


Young Workers Poker Night to Benefit Renaissance West!

November 7, 2019 Admin 0


The Young Workers Committee is hosting a Poker Night on November 13, 2019 at John’s Place on Gold Hill Rd in Fort Mill, SC.

$30 Buy-In. Food provided and proceeds go to Renaissance West STEAM Academy.

Please see the flyer below for all the details and contact information. Feel free to print and post this flyer as well.


2019 District Lodge 142 Biennial Convention Report

September 12, 2019 Admin 0

The 2019 Biennial Convention of IAM District Lodge 142 convened in Pittsburgh, PA on August 27 at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Victory Lodge 1725 was represented by the following delegates: Ken Coley, Bud Brown, Kenny Geis, Mark Heim, Mark DeLuke, Simon Simpson and Todd Day. Additional Victory Lodge members in attendance were John Bidoglio, DL142 VP American Airlines; Paul Shultz, DL142 EAP Chair and John Hall, DL142 Flight Safety Chair. 

Day One – August 27th

The convention was called to order at 9:00 A.M. on August 27 by DL142 President David Supplee. Delegates participated in the Pledge of … Read More...

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IAM Mourns Passing of Former Transportation GVP William Scheri

September 11, 2019 Admin 0

The IAM mourns the loss of former General Vice President of Transportation William “Bill” Scheri. He recently passed away.

“We send our prayers to the Scheri family,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “William Scheri was an invaluable part of the IAM Transportation Department and we will never forget his contributions to our union.”

“Bill hired me as a Special Representative in 1999,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “He was a great unionist, great leader and great friend. “I wish I could have worked under him longer.”

Scheri served as Transportation General Vice President from 1994 until … 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...

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Victory Lodge Members in Leadership Roles at 2019 JATSC

September 8, 2019 Admin 0

The 2019 Joint Air Transport Safety Conference (JATSC) was held September 4 – 6 at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. IAM and TWU members actively involved with their local and district safety committees, along with members of Management from several airlines, participated in the annual conference.

Victory Lodge 1725 is proud that two of our members, John “Big Dog” Bidoglio (Education Committee) and John Hall (Flight Safety), took leadership roles in this important safety event.

See photos of our members leading at the conference below:


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A Labor Day Message from GVP Pantoja

September 2, 2019 Admin 0

September 2, 2019

“Labor Day is the time to celebrate our union and the quality of life improvements it has afforded us. Unions are more important now than ever. Corporations are only dedicated to their bottom line, with little regard for the workers whose hard work on which they were built. Employers are trying to shed responsibilities about providing good health insurance, pension coverage, job safety protections while making workers’ jobs and incomes less secure through downsizing, part-timing and outsourcing work. Working people need a voice on the job to keep employers from making our jobs look like they used … Read More...