In this week’s 141 Report, Dave interviews the Grievance Committee at Washington’s DCA Reagan Airport. The Fleet Service Committee Chair Salieu Turay and Committee members Delvonte Bratcher and Richard Villanueva talk about the 520 strong membership represented by the IAM – TWU Association.

141 Report – Strong membership in DCA

Sep 17, 2021

In this week’s 141 Report, Dave interviews the Grievance Committee at Washington’s DCA Reagan Airport. The Fleet Service Committee Chair Salieu Turay and Committee members Delvonte Bratcher and Richard Villanueva talk about the 520 strong membership represented by the IAM – TWU Association.

Brother Salieu says the membership is unified and talks about the two workgroups that are represented. Of the combined membership, there are two units; the larger Fleet service group and the smaller operations group known as the HCC (or control tower), with about 17 members. The overall mix of the Association membership at DCA is about 75 percent IAM to about 25 Percent TWU. “Having the Association partnership between the IAM and TWU is a wonderful thing,” states Brother Salieu, who goes on to say the alliance creates “phenomenal representation.” “The IAM TWU work together on all operational issues covering the scope of the CBA … it’s not just an IAM thing” “We work together and we fight together,” states Salieu. Brother Salieu reports that the DCA gate operation has about 21-22 Shop Stewards, but the total number can fluctuate due to the pandemic. He later comments that if we hadn’t ratified the contract as quickly as we did, just before the pandemic hit, the consequences could have been large numbers of job losses. “We are grateful, and we are happy,” he said. “We would have seen a tsunami of employees losing their jobs system-wide.” he continued. “And, we thank 141” for helping prevent that.