Broken Promises: Informational Picket Draws Crowds at LAX

Broken Promises: Informational Picket Draws Crowds at LAX

Broken Promises: Informational Picket Draws Massive Turnout at LAX

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – A coalition of unions representing all unified workers at United Airlines held an informational picket on Wednesday at LAX Airport in Los Angeles. Rallygoers marched to bring attention to ongoing contract negotiations with the airline, which have been met with delays and bad faith bargaining, some of which have drug on for years. United Pilots, for example, are in the fourth year of negotiations with the carrier. 

The coalition, which includes the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Teamsters (IBT), and Flight Attendants of America (AFA), included Pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, customer service agents, and baggage handlers.

United has reneged on several commitments it made to its workforce. In the lead-up to negotiations, executives promised that it would not seek to outsource jobs and that it would offer strong wages compared to other airlines. Instead, the company is trying to force union members to accept outsourcing and plans to pay the lowest wages of any of the Big Three airlines. Executives want lower than promised pay for gate, ticket counter, and customer service workers, in particular. The new pay rates proposed by United would sit at levels below similar workgroups at smaller airlines and discount carriers such as Alaska and Southwest Airlines. 

Further straining labor relations at the company is the issue of profit sharing. 

United announced earlier this year that a rush of summer and holiday bookings led to two back-to-back quarters that were among the most lucrative in the airline’s history. Over the summer, United reported total earnings near $1 billion. The carrier brought in a net income of $942 million, with an adjusted profit of $927 million. “Operational Performance,” one of the indicators that help determine the productivity of front-line workers, were among the best in the history of the airline. Over the  holidays, United again generated higher-than-expected earnings, totaling more than $840 million.

 

ALPA President,  Garth Thompson

The performance of employees was the driving factor behind the profits. In the Fourth Quarter, the on-time performance came in at an enviable 80%, allowing United to boast the best on-time and completion rate of any network carrier at three major hubs (Chicago, Denver, and Houston.) Moreover, United employees created the lowest fourth-quarter misconnect rate in the airline’s history. All of which demonstrate the critical role of front-line workers at the carrier.

The profits have led United to increase spending for its “Good Leads the Way” marketing campaign, and order new planes, among many other programs. Executives have also opted to give themselves lavish salary increases. CEO Scott Kirby alone now has an estimated net worth of more than $32 million, according to the executive tracking site Wallmiime.com. Compared to front-line workers at United, Kirby will take home $126 for each dollar a typical worker earns.

Yet, executives suddenly become tight-fisted when sharing the record profits with the workforces that created them. Ground and Gate agents and dispatchers at United are getting an anemic .84% profit sharing this year. Despite the airline’s difficulty in hiring new pilots amid a nationwide shortage, pilots at United are only getting slightly more – 1.7%. (United has also denied pilots a new contract for four years.)

Informational pickets have become popular among union members, as they help raise awareness about their workplace concerns while also demonstrating solidarity. These pickets typically involve union members gathering outside of a company’s workplace or other public location, holding signs to be seen by passing pedestrians and motorists. 

 

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January 25, 2023

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – A coalition of unions representing all unified workers at United Airlines held an informational picket on Wednesday at LAX Airport in Los Angeles. Rallygoers marched to bring attention to ongoing contract negotiations with the airline, which have been met with delays and bad faith bargaining, some of which have drug on for years. United Pilots, for example, are in the fourth year of negotiations with the carrier. 

The coalition, which includes the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Teamsters (IBT), and Flight Attendants of America (AFA), included Pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, customer service agents, and baggage handlers.

United has reneged on several commitments it made to its workforce. In the lead-up to negotiations, executives promised that it would not seek to outsource jobs and that it would offer strong wages compared to other airlines. Instead, the company is trying to force union members to accept outsourcing and plans to pay the lowest wages of any of the Big Three airlines. Executives want lower than promised pay for gate, ticket counter, and customer service workers, in particular. The new pay rates proposed by United would sit at levels below similar workgroups at smaller airlines and discount carriers such as Alaska and Southwest Airlines. 

Further straining labor relations at the company is the issue of profit sharing. 

United announced earlier this year that a rush of summer and holiday bookings led to two back-to-back quarters that were among the most lucrative in the airline’s history. Over the summer, United reported total earnings near $1 billion. The carrier brought in a net income of $942 million, with an adjusted profit of $927 million. “Operational Performance,” one of the indicators that help determine the productivity of front-line workers, were among the best in the history of the airline. Over the  holidays, United again generated higher-than-expected earnings, totaling more than $840 million.

The performance of employees was the driving factor behind the profits. In the Fourth Quarter, the on-time performance came in at an enviable 80%, allowing United to boast the best on-time and completion rate of any network carrier at three major hubs (Chicago, Denver, and Houston.) Moreover, United employees created the lowest fourth-quarter misconnect rate in the airline’s history. All of which demonstrate the critical role of front-line workers at the carrier.

The profits have led United to increase spending for its “Good Leads the Way” marketing campaign, and order new planes, among many other programs. Executives have also opted to give themselves lavish salary increases. CEO Scott Kirby alone now has an estimated net worth of more than $32 million, according to the executive tracking site Wallmiime.com. Compared to front-line workers at United, Kirby will take home $126 for each dollar a typical worker earns.

Yet, executives suddenly become tight-fisted when sharing the record profits with the workforces that created them. Ground and Gate agents and dispatchers at United are getting an anemic .84% profit sharing this year. Despite the airline’s difficulty in hiring new pilots amid a nationwide shortage, pilots at United are only getting slightly more – 1.7%. (United has also denied pilots a new contract for four years.)

Informational pickets have become popular among union members, as they help raise awareness about their workplace concerns while also demonstrating solidarity. These pickets typically involve union members gathering outside of a company’s workplace or other public location, holding signs to be seen by passing pedestrians and motorists. 

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SFO) – On Wednesday, front-line union workers at United came together at SFO Airport for an informational picket to call on the airline to complete long-overdue contract negotiations. Hundreds of union members from every work group at the carrier participated in the rally.

Over the past year, air travelers have seen repeated delays, overbooked flights, and cancellations, among many other woes. According to United Airlines’ front-line workers, the problems passengers face can be placed squarely at the feet of company management, who have built a business model based around short-staffing, unfair wages, and outsourcing. 

“We’re here because we want management to recognize the sacrifices and contributions we have made during the worst downturn in aviation history,” said Roger Phillips, a Pilot at United and spokesman for the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) who organized the picket. “United just announced its fourth-quarter earnings last night, and announced that we made nearly $1 billion for this airline,” he continued. “It’s time for United to reinvest some of that money into the people that created those profits.”

United reported a profit of $843 million in the last quarter of 2022 on total revenue of $12.4 billion. The revenue figure was almost 14% higher than in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the travel industry. The earnings report follows a profit of $942 million, which the Chicago-based carrier posted over the summer. 

Despite the industry-leading income, United executives are demanding wages for fleet and customer service agents that fall far short of what was promised in the lead-up to negotiations. In early 2022, United committed to providing industry-leading wages to its 38,000 fleet and customer-facing employees. However, by the time contract talks began, United was only willing to offer payscales that would be the lowest of the “Big Three” carriers. Wages at United would also fall below those of smaller airlines such as Southwest and Alaska. Low wages allow other airlines to outcompete United for workers in a tight labor market. United is also asking for union members to agree to outsourcing, something that negotiators have flatly refused to consider.

On Wednesday, labor tensions at the carrier led hundreds of workers to hold an informational picket at San Francisco International Airport. Marching alongside Pilots were Fleet and Customer Service workers, Security Guards and Flight Attendants – all of whom are dealing with company foot-dragging and unfair contract proposals with inadequate wages and job protections for union members.

Machinists Union General Vice President Richie Johnsen, who marched at the rally, called on United to invest in workers. “United Airlines is out touting how much they’ve invested in this airline,” he said. “To make it the greatest airline in the history of airlines, according to Scott Kirby. They’ve invested in airplanes and airports, they’ve invested in fuel, they’ve invested in green energy,” he continued.

“But, they haven’t invested in their most valuable asset. Which is their employees,” Johnsen said. “It’s time for United to invest in employees.”

United pilots have gone four years without a new contract.

The four unions at United held an earlier rally in Houston, Texas, during the United Board of Directors Meeting. At that event, Scot Kirby went outside to meet with the picketers. He told ramp and customer service workers that negotiations were stalled due to union negotiators’ refusal to budge on outsourcing. District President Mike Klemm told IAM members, “United management’s refusal to provide acceptable job security and wage rates for IAM-represented workers is unacceptable and disgraceful,” said Klemm. “IAM members at United Airlines have spoken loudly and clearly that the issues of wages and job security are paramount to any acceptable tentative agreement.”

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SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (SFO) – On Wednesday, front-line union workers at United came together at SFO Airport for an informational picket to call on the airline to complete long-overdue contract negotiations. Hundreds of union members from every work group at the carrier participated in the rally.

Over the past year, air travelers have seen repeated delays, overbooked flights, and cancellations, among many other woes. According to United Airlines’ front-line workers, the problems passengers face can be placed squarely at the feet of company management, who have built a business model based around short-staffing, unfair wages, and outsourcing. 

“We’re here because we want management to recognize the sacrifices and contributions we have made during the worst downturn in aviation history,” said Roger Phillips, a Pilot at United and spokesman for the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) who organized the picket. “United just announced its fourth-quarter earnings last night, and announced that we made nearly $1 billion for this airline,” he continued. “It’s time for United to reinvest some of that money into the people that created those profits.”

United reported a profit of $843 million in the last quarter of 2022 on total revenue of $12.4 billion. The revenue figure was almost 14% higher than in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the travel industry. The earnings report follows a profit of $942 million, which the Chicago-based carrier posted over the summer. 

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On Wednesday, labor tensions at the carrier led hundreds of workers to hold an informational picket at San Francisco International Airport. Marching alongside Pilots were Fleet and Customer Service workers, Security Guards and Flight Attendants – all of whom are dealing with company foot-dragging and unfair contract proposals with inadequate wages and job protections for union members.

Machinists Union General Vice President Richie Johnsen, who marched at the rally, called on United to invest in workers. “United Airlines is out touting how much they’ve invested in this airline,” he said. “To make it the greatest airline in the history of airlines, according to Scott Kirby. They’ve invested in airplanes and airports, they’ve invested in fuel, they’ve invested in green energy,” he continued.

“But, they haven’t invested in their most valuable asset. Which is their employees,” Johnsen said. “It’s time for United to invest in employees.”

United pilots have gone four years without a new contract.

The four unions at United held an earlier rally in Houston, Texas, during the United Board of Directors Meeting. At that event, Scot Kirby went outside to meet with the picketers. He told ramp and customer service workers that negotiations were stalled due to union negotiators’ refusal to budge on outsourcing. District President Mike Klemm told IAM members, “United management’s refusal to provide acceptable job security and wage rates for IAM-represented workers is unacceptable and disgraceful,” said Klemm. “IAM members at United Airlines have spoken loudly and clearly that the issues of wages and job security are paramount to any acceptable tentative agreement.”

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Flight Attendants Stand with JetBlue Ground Operations

Dear GO crewmembers:

Flight Attendants across the industry count you as family. We are inspired that you are voting to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and our labor movement.

We have power together! Organized through our unions, we can negotiate to share in the profits we create at our airlines. You have the commitment of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, 50,000 members strong at 19 airlines, to stand with you every step of the way to a successful vote and your first contract at JetBlue.

Make sure you have a plan to get your vote registered for the IAM before voting closes on February 1, 2023. The IAM is a great union and you have so much to gain with IAM membership. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and work together for our future.

Vote to gain the right to negotiate for a contract with protections in black and white. Executives wouldn’t agree to do their jobs without a negotiated contract that confirms their pay and benefits; we shouldn’t either. Management makes promises about taking care of employees and doing “the right thing” for them. Even if you take management at their word, we know executives come and go in this industry along with their word. That’s why eighty percent of airline workers have chosen the protection of a union contract. A legally binding contract provides certainty and enables us to own our work.

We don’t need to tell you what a difference frontline workers make for our airlines. We are owed the respect of a union contract for our valuable contributions. We are not motivated by golden parachutes that pay whether we perform our jobs well or not; we are moved by the pride we take in a job well done, the means to provide for our families, and the joy we feel when taking care of others.

Unions allow us to take care of each other. We use our collective power to negotiate fair wages, humane schedules, health and safety on the job, and all the benefits of a union contract.

There is so much that may seem out of our control today, but there is a lot that can change for the better if we recognize the power of standing together. Growing inequality and corporate greed needs to be put in check. And that’s exactly what we will do together. Think about the power we have together as aviation workers. We have more public contact than almost any other industry, and we are the backbone of the whole economy. That’s a lot of power if we choose to use it.

Choose to gain the power of joining together for a strong future at JetBlue by voting to join the IAM.

Always remember, we are Stronger and Better Together.

In Solidarity,

Sara Nelson, 
International President, 
Association of Flight Attendants

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Dear GO crewmembers:

Flight Attendants across the industry count you as family. We are inspired that you are voting to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and our labor movement. We have power together! Organized through our unions, we can negotiate to share in the profits we create at our airlines. You have the commitment of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, 50,000 members strong at 19 airlines, to stand with you every step of the way to a successful vote and your first contract at JetBlue.

Make sure you have a plan to get your vote registered for the IAM before voting closes on February 1, 2023. The IAM is a great union and you have so much to gain with IAM membership. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and work together for our future.

Vote to gain the right to negotiate for a contract with protections in black and white. Executives wouldn’t agree to do their jobs without a negotiated contract that confirms their pay and benefits; we shouldn’t either. Management makes promises about taking care of employees and doing “the right thing” for them. Even if you take management at their word, we know executives come and go in this industry along with their word. That’s why eighty percent of airline workers have chosen the protection of a union contract. A legally binding contract provides certainty and enables us to own our work.

We don’t need to tell you what a difference frontline workers make for our airlines. We are owed the respect of a union contract for our valuable contributions. We are not motivated by golden parachutes that pay whether we perform our jobs well or not; we are moved by the pride we take in a job well done, the means to provide for our families, and the joy we feel when taking care of others.

Unions allow us to take care of each other. We use our collective power to negotiate fair wages, humane schedules, health and safety on the job, and all the benefits of a union contract.

There is so much that may seem out of our control today, but there is a lot that can change for the better if we recognize the power of standing together. Growing inequality and corporate greed needs to be put in check. And that’s exactly what we will do together. Think about the power we have together as aviation workers. We have more public contact than almost any other industry, and we are the backbone of the whole economy. That’s a lot of power if we choose to use it.

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Machinists Union Reaches Tentative Agreement for Over 2300 Members at McGee Air Services, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2022 –The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has reached a two-year tentative agreement extension with McGee Air Services, an Alaska Airlines subsidiary, that will put over 2300 IAM members at McGee Air Services workers at one of the highest pay scale levels for airline operation vendors in the industry.

The IAM organized McGee Air Services in July 2016. The tentative agreement extension covers IAM members who work in Phoenix, AZ; San Jose, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Paine Field, WA.

If ratified by IAM members at McGee Air Services, the two-year extension would:

  • Provide a 5% wage increase at all steps in all locations on the date of ratification.
  • Additional wage steps for employees with +48 months and +60 months (an additional $.25 increase at each step.)
  • Contractual Pay raises in accordance with the contract in July 2024, July 2025, and during the amendable period.
  • $1275.00 ratification bonus payable within thirty (30) days of ratification.
  • Increased lead differential from $2.50 to $6.00
  • Increased PTO accruals and maximum hours banked.
  • 401k plan to be implemented 6/1/2023
  • $50,000life insurance policy for all employees paid for by Company effective 6/1/2023
  • Enhanced grievance procedure

Read the complete highlights of the tentative agreement here.

IAM members at McGee Air Services will vote on the tentative agreements in the coming weeks. During that period, IAM representatives will also hold contract educational meetings at the McGee Air Services stations.

 

“The IAM’s tentative agreement was long overdue for our members who give so much to carry out the mission of McGee Air Services,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “This agreement came about after meeting and listening to our member’s concerns during station visits this year. IAM members’ ramp service work is vital in making Alaska Airlines one of the top-performing airlines.”

“Excellent way to close out the year by presenting an agreement extension called for by the membership,” said IAM District 142 President and Directing General Chair John Coveny. “Once again, our IAM leadership provided the necessary resources to help obtain a tentative agreement that will impact other companies similar to McGee Air Services. I appreciate the dedication of our IAM negotiating committee and the entire support staff for their work in getting improved wages and benefits. The next steps include meeting with the members to answer any questions about this agreement extension.”

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is one of the largest and most diverse industrial trade unions in North America, representing approximately 600,000 active and retired members in the aerospace, defense, airlines, railroad, transit, healthcare, automotive, and other industries.

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2022 –The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has reached a two-year tentative agreement extension with McGee Air Services, an Alaska Airlines subsidiary, that will put over 2300 IAM members at McGee Air Services workers at one of the highest pay scale levels for airline operation vendors in the industry.

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Read the complete highlights of the tentative agreement here.

IAM members at McGee Air Services will vote on the tentative agreements in the coming weeks. During that period, IAM representatives will also hold contract educational meetings at the McGee Air Services stations.

“The IAM’s tentative agreement was long overdue for our members who give so much to carry out the mission of McGee Air Services,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “This agreement came about after meeting and listening to our member’s concerns during station visits this year. IAM members’ ramp service work is vital in making Alaska Airlines one of the top-performing airlines.”

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