Hurricane Beryl Assistance and Resources

Hurricane Beryl Assistance and Resources

Disaster Assistance Resources Available

July 15, 2024

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Hurricane Beryl made landfall on Monday, July 8, 2024, near Matagorda, TX, about 100 miles from Houston, battering Southeast Texas with heavy rains and winds. The storm has caused widespread and ongoing power outages across the Texas Gulf Coast, leaving many of our union members and their families without electricity.

IAM District 141 leadership stands in solidarity with all union members impacted by this natural disaster. We are deeply concerned about your safety and well-being during this challenging time.

We are now processing requests for disaster assistance through the IAM Disaster Relief Fund. If you or a loved one have been affected by Hurricane Beryl and need assistance, please follow these steps to submit a claim:

1. Submit a Completed Claim Form
Within 30 days of the damage, submit a completed claim form. To get a form and for help filling it out, please contact your Assistant General Chair.

2. Required Information
Ensure your claim form includes the date of occurrence, ownership or rental status, primary or secondary residence, whether the dwelling is habitable, a description of damages, and photos or drawings illustrating the damages.

3. Review and Submission
Your Assistant General Chair will review your claim and ensure it is completed. They will then submit it on your behalf.

For detailed information and to access the necessary forms, please visit the 2024 IAM Disaster Relief Fund Website.

Please note that food losses due to power outages are not covered by the disaster relief program..

Additionally, if you require assistance with your job during this time, please reach out to your Union Stewards and Local Committees for support.

We are here to support you and your families as we work together to overcome the challenges posed by Hurricane Beryl.

In solidarity,

Mike Klemm
President/Directing General Chair
IAM District 141

EAP Contacts

Belinda Hawkins
Email: eapiambelinda@gmail.com
Phone: (832) 471-7477

Tony Rodriguez
EAP Chairman – United Airlines
Email: iameaptony@gmail.com
Phone: (303) 525-3334

Important Links and Resources

2024 IAM Disaster Relief Fund 

Veterans Disaster Assistance

UnionPlus Disaster Relief Grants

Salvation Army

Red Cross

United Way

Texas Division of Emergency Management

Please share these Ice, Food, and Water Distribution Centers. We will update as new places are identified. Click on the link below:

Ice, Food, and Water Distribution Centers

As always, those in need can also reach out to the Employee Assistance Program for more help. EAP services are free, confidential, compassionate, and available now.

For those who don’t need help, but who would like to give, please consider donating to the IAM Disaster Relief Fund. Every dollar helps.

 

Resources Available

FEMA.gov (www.fema.gov)

* Apply for assistance
* Local, State and National recovery resources
* 24/7 Counseling
* Multilingual Support
*Connect via Phone, social media, Text or the Mobile app

1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362)

Disaster Shelters | Find Shelters | American Red Cross (www.redcross.org

* Temporary shelters
* 24/7 Counseling
* Call or text 1 (800) 985-5990

United Way 211 – 211 Site (211unitedway.org)
Call 2-1-1 or 1 (800) 543-7709

Text your zip code to 898-211

Food, Housing, Child Care, Mental Health, Financial, Utilities and many other forms of aid.

Location Search – The Salvation Army USA (www.salvationarmyusa.org)

  • Supplying food, water, shelter, and vital resources

1 (601) 969-6868

Need Housing Assistance? – HUD Exchange (www.hudexchange.info/housing-and-homeless-assistance/

Food banks, WIC, SNAP and other food assistance programs

Health and safety resources 

Disaster Relief Guides – IAMAW (goiam.org) 

United We Care (ual.com) (https://flyingtogether.ual.com/employee-services/unitedwecare)
Employee Relief Fund – Financial Assistance

Medicaid.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare | Medicaid (www.medicaid.gov)
How to sign up for, resources per State, State overviews
1 (877) 267-2323

Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare | Medicare (www.medicare.gov)
How to sign up for, find health care providers, health & drug plans

1 (800) MEDICARE – 1 (800) 633-4227

 

June Helping Hands – Sleep and Wellness

June Helping Hands – Sleep and Wellness

June Helping Hands – Sleep and Wellness

EAP Peers:
 
     This month we address sleep. Sleep and its relationship with mental health, in particular sleep and depression are discussed. How to improve sleep habits and some sleep facts are included on page 2. 
 
     Healthy sleep is one of the most important factors is maintaining good mental health. Most of us do not get enough regular sleep – 8 hours a night. Many of our co-workers work off shifts that can alter our normal circadian rhythms. Mental health is affected depending upon the amount of sleep deprivation experienced. We can help our off-shift and rotating shift co-workers about how sleep affects their mental health and direct them to information that can help them get healthier sleep. 
 
     Thank you for taking good care of each other – please remember to take good care of yourselves also!  
 
Bryan,

Bryan Hutchinson, M.S.

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IAM141.org

LAS VEGAS – The 2024 Machinists Union District 141 Committee Conference kicked off today in Las Vegas, bringing together over 200 union activists, leaders, and grievance committee members from across the United States. The three-day event, which runs until Thursday, aims to network, share ideas, and hone skills as the union enforces 14 separate contracts across eight major companies in the airline industry.

“Your diversity is your strength, but your solidarity is your power,” Machinists Legislative Director Hasan Solomon told the union members assembled. Solomon, recently named one of the Top 500 most influential people on Capitol Hill, was one of the notable speakers.

The event opened with remarks from District 141 President and Directing General Chair Mike Klemm, who called the conference to order. “I want to express my deep gratitude and respect for the work our local grievance committees are doing on the front lines for our constituents,” Klemm stated. Vicky Schoening, President of Local Lodge 845 based in Las Vegas, also delivered opening remarks to the attendees representing workers at every major U.S. airport.

A key focus is the looming Section Six negotiations covering nearly 30,000 workers at United Airlines. President Klemm briefed the conference on the current state of labor in the airline industry as the union gears up for these pivotal contract talks. Other major topics included internal organizing, increasing union membership, and building solidarity.

Susie Martinez, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO, also delivered remarks.

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LAS VEGAS – The 2024 Machinists Union District 141 Committee Conference kicked off today in Las Vegas, bringing together over 200 union activists, leaders, and grievance committee members from across the United States. The three-day event, which runs until Thursday, aims to network, share ideas, and hone skills as the union enforces 14 separate contracts across eight major companies in the airline industry.

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Solomon leads the Machinists Union’s political and legislative strategies, working to advance the interests of IAM members and protect their rights. His efforts involve coordinating the union’s activities on Capitol Hill, where he has gained a reputation as a leading advocate for labor.

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Solomon began his career with the IAM in 1999 as a law clerk and has since held various roles, including Associate General Counsel and National Legislative Representative. His responsibilities now include directing the union’s legislative agenda and managing its political actions. He has also served on several boards and received awards such as “Labor Leader of the Year” from the National Black State Legislators Association and “Young Lawyer of the Year” from the Washington Bar Association.

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DFW — A dramatic incident unfolded at Dallas Fort Worth Airport on Tuesday when powerful winds pushed an American Airlines Boeing 737 from its gate. The nose of the 90,000-pound aircraft was shoved along the tarmac, disconnecting the loading bridge. Fortunately, no passengers were on board, and maintenance crews are conducting thorough inspections to make necessary repairs. Video footage capturing the event highlights the severity of the storm.

The video above was posted to Youtube and is courtesy of TRIMFEED.

The incident was part of a series of destructive weather events that swept through North Texas. High winds and heavy rain left a trail of damage and knocked out power for thousands. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a disaster declaration, warning it could take days for some residents to see power restored. The hurricane-force winds nearly collapsed a building in Dallas and caused flash flooding on major roadways, creating significant traffic problems.

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To see if you qualify for disaster relief assistance, contact your Grievance Committee or Assistant General Chairperson.

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DFW — A dramatic incident unfolded at Dallas Fort Worth Airport on Tuesday when powerful winds pushed an American Airlines Boeing 737 from its gate. The nose of the 90,000-pound aircraft was shoved along the tarmac, disconnecting the loading bridge. Fortunately, no passengers were on board, and maintenance crews are conducting thorough inspections to make necessary repairs. Video footage capturing the event highlights the severity of the storm.

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We have a quick favor to ask.

The IAM Disaster Relief Fund is fully funded by donations from union members, and every contribution makes a difference. Any size of donation is important and helps support our members and their families during natural disasters. Your generosity ensures that we can continue to provide immediate assistance when it’s needed the most.

 

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Machinists Union Applauds the Passage of the FAA Reauthorization Bill

IAM141.org

WASHINGTON — The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act, H.R. 3935, reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through 2028. This comprehensive bill, led by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), covers airport planning, development, facilities, equipment, and operations. Key provisions include increasing air traffic controller hiring targets, creating a workforce development program for aviation professionals, and enhancing protections for airline workers. The bill has attracted widespread bipartisan support, reflecting its critical importance to the aviation industry.

IAM International President Brian Bryant emphasized the bill’s importance, stating, “While the bill, H.R. 3935, does not address all the IAM’s demands in an FAA reauthorization package, it does include several of our requested provisions and will ultimately help improve the safety and working conditions of our air transport members.”

The bill addresses a wide range of issues crucial to the aviation industry. It directs the FAA to hire and train more air traffic controllers to fill the current gap of 3,000 vacancies. It also mandates increased access to training simulators across air traffic control towers nationwide. To enhance runway safety, the bill requires the installation of additional runway technology at medium and large hub airports.

Passenger protections are also a significant focus of the legislation. The bill mandates that the Department of Transportation (DOT) establish standards to ensure the aircraft boarding and deplaning process is accessible for individuals with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs. Additionally, airlines are required to seat young children next to an accompanying adult without charging extra fees if adjacent seats are available.

The bill further enhances protections for airline workers by expanding legal protections to ground-based employees, such as gate and check-in agents, and improving self-defense training for flight attendants. Bryant noted, “This legislation offers some positive means to ensure the safety and well-being of workers and passengers. For instance, we’ve witnessed the increase in passenger attacks towards aviation workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also witnessed the string of tragic accidents and fatalities of ramp workers like in April 2023 when an American Airlines’ ramp worker died while working on the tarmac at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. Policy changes are needed and this FAA reauthorization legislation, while not perfect, offers many much-needed positive changes for passenger and worker safety and helps transform this vital industry into the future.”

It also includes provisions for increasing cockpit voice recording to 25 hours, enhancing oversight of aircraft production, and ensuring automatic cash refunds for canceled or substantially delayed flights.

The bill also provides for the establishment of an FAA Ombudsman to coordinate responses to issues related to aircraft certifications, pilot certificates, and operational approvals. The legislation also mandates a peer review of current aviation whistleblower protections and requires the FAA to work directly with the Department of Labor on whistleblower cases.

Now that the bill has passed in the House, it will head to President Joe Biden for his signature. Once signed into law, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act will provide the necessary framework and funding to ensure the continued safety and efficiency of the U.S. aviation industry through 2028.

Overall, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act aims to improve aviation safety, enhance protections for passengers and airline workers, and invest in airport and air travel infrastructure nationwide.

We have a quick favor to ask. If only 10% of union members sign up for regular donations to support important legislative and regulatory goals like this, we can put airline workers front and center on Capitol Hill. Becoming a recurring donor is more than a contribution—it’s a commitment to our cause and a testament to the power of collective action. Every donation helps, no matter the size.

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16 May 2024

WASHINGTON — The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act, H.R. 3935, reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through 2028. This comprehensive bill, led by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), covers airport planning, development, facilities, equipment, and operations. Key provisions include increasing air traffic controller hiring targets, creating a workforce development program for aviation professionals, and enhancing protections for airline workers. The bill has attracted widespread bipartisan support, reflecting its critical importance to the aviation industry.

IAM International President Brian Bryant emphasized the bill’s importance, stating, “While the bill, H.R. 3935, does not address all the IAM’s demands in an FAA reauthorization package, it does include several of our requested provisions and will ultimately help improve the safety and working conditions of our air transport members.”

The bill addresses a wide range of issues crucial to the aviation industry. It directs the FAA to hire and train more air traffic controllers to fill the current gap of 3,000 vacancies. It also mandates increased access to training simulators across air traffic control towers nationwide. To enhance runway safety, the bill requires the installation of additional runway technology at medium and large hub airports.

Passenger protections are also a significant focus of the legislation. The bill mandates that the Department of Transportation (DOT) establish standards to ensure the aircraft boarding and deplaning process is accessible for individuals with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs. Additionally, airlines are required to seat young children next to an accompanying adult without charging extra fees if adjacent seats are available.

The bill further enhances protections for airline workers by expanding legal protections to ground-based employees, such as gate and check-in agents, and improving self-defense training for flight attendants. Bryant noted, “This legislation offers some positive means to ensure the safety and well-being of workers and passengers. For instance, we’ve witnessed the increase in passenger attacks towards aviation workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also witnessed the string of tragic accidents and fatalities of ramp workers like in April 2023 when an American Airlines’ ramp worker died while working on the tarmac at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. Policy changes are needed and this FAA reauthorization legislation, while not perfect, offers many much-needed positive changes for passenger and worker safety and helps transform this vital industry into the future.”

It also includes provisions for increasing cockpit voice recording to 25 hours, enhancing oversight of aircraft production, and ensuring automatic cash refunds for canceled or substantially delayed flights.

The bill also provides for the establishment of an FAA Ombudsman to coordinate responses to issues related to aircraft certifications, pilot certificates, and operational approvals. The legislation also mandates a peer review of current aviation whistleblower protections and requires the FAA to work directly with the Department of Labor on whistleblower cases.

Now that the bill has passed in the House, it will head to President Joe Biden for his signature. Once signed into law, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act will provide the necessary framework and funding to ensure the continued safety and efficiency of the U.S. aviation industry through 2028.

Overall, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act aims to improve aviation safety, enhance protections for passengers and airline workers, and invest in airport and air travel infrastructure nationwide.

We have a quick favor to ask. If only 10% of union members sign up for regular donations to support important legislative and regulatory goals like this, we can put airline workers front and center on Capitol Hill. Becoming a recurring donor is more than a contribution—it’s a commitment to our cause and a testament to the power of collective action. Every donation helps, no matter the size.

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June Helping Hands – Sleep and Wellness

June Helping Hands – Sleep and Wellness

EAP Peers:        This month we address sleep. Sleep and its relationship with mental health, in particular sleep and depression are discussed. How to improve sleep habits and some sleep facts are included on page 2.         Healthy sleep is one of the most important...