DL141 Update: April 29, 2016
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees union elections in the airline and railroad industries, to conduct a representation election for approximately 300 cargo workers employed by SM Cargo in Houston, TX.
“We want to form a union so we will have the protections of a union contract and no longer be ‘at will’ employees and be fired at any time for any reason,” said Cargo Agent Doug Moore. “With an IAM contract we will be able to finally have the decent wages and benefits that we can live on.”
“I want these brave workers to know that the IAM is 100 percent behind them in their effort to form a union and achieve the justice on the job they deserve,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “The IAM will do all in its power to bring these sisters and brothers into the Machinists family.”
IAM representatives delivered the election authorization cards (a-cards) and petition to the NMB this morning. The federal agency will now determine if at least 50 percent of the work group submitted a-cards. If so, the NMB will schedule the election.
It is important to emphasize that is against federal law for SM Cargo management to know who did or did not sign an a-card. It is also important to note that SM Cargo management is prohibited by federal law from knowing how a worker casts his or her vote in a union representation election.