American Airlines Union Members Launch Pre-Negotiation Surveys

American Airlines Union Members Launch Pre-Negotiation Surveys

American Airlines Union Members Launch Pre-Negotiation Surveys

American Airlines Union Members Launch Pre-Negotiation Surveys

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Union members at American Airlines, including thousands of workers in the Fleet Service workgroup, are gearing up to start contract negotiations in the upcoming months, according to a joint statement released on April 1 by the Transport Workers Union and the Machinists Union.

Front-line union members of the Fleet Service workers at American Airlines are taking the lead in kicking off the new round of negotiations, set to begin in September of this year. They are sharing their main issues and concerns through surveys conducted by the two unions. These surveys are available to front-line union members starting April 1 and will run through April 19.

According to a joint statement released to union members this morning, “The feedback we get from these surveys will be vital to your Negotiating Committee as we prepare to begin talks with American Airlines.”

Fleet Service Workers at American are represented by two separate unions, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Machinists Union (IAM). This partnership was forged in 2013 following the merger between American Airlines, and US Airways. Together the two unions represent about 30,000 workers from various workgroups at American.

The current contract was drafted after four years of bargaining at the airline. The TWU-IAM Association announced in January 2020 that they had reached Agreements in Principle with American Airlines for five new Joint Collective Bargaining Agreements (JCBAs) worth $4.2 billion. Fleet Service workers won top-of-industry wage increases, profit-sharing payments, and critical quality-of-life improvements. Importantly, union members also negotiated bullet-proof job protections, which other airlines have been required to match in order to stay competitive in the tightening airline job market.

Airlines are covered under the Railway Labor Act, which covers transportation-related industries. Under the Act, agreements between airlines and unions do not expire. Instead, they reach an “amendable date,” after which they can be updated. At airlines, this process can be lengthy and often takes several years to complete. The four years it took for American Airlines to agree to the current contract was similar in terms of timeframe to other airline contracts. Pilots at United Airlines, for example, also took a little over four years to reach an agreement with that airline.

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American Airlines Union Members Launch Pre-Negotiation Surveys

3 April 2024

Union members at American Airlines, including thousands of workers in the Fleet Service workgroup, are gearing up to start contract negotiations in the upcoming months, according to a joint statement released on April 1 by the Transport Workers Union and the Machinists Union.

Front-line union members of the Fleet Service workers at American Airlines are taking the lead in kicking off the new round of negotiations, set to begin in September of this year. They are sharing their main issues and concerns through surveys conducted by the two unions. These surveys are available to front-line union members starting April 1 and will run through April 19.

According to a joint statement released to union members this morning, “The feedback we get from these surveys will be vital to your Negotiating Committee as we prepare to begin talks with American Airlines.”

Fleet Service Workers at American are represented by two separate unions, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Machinists Union (IAM). This partnership was forged in 2013 following the merger between American Airlines, and US Airways. Together the two unions represent about 30,000 workers from various workgroups at American.

The current contract was drafted after four years of bargaining at the airline. The TWU-IAM Association announced in January 2020 that they had reached Agreements in Principle with American Airlines for five new Joint Collective Bargaining Agreements (JCBAs) worth $4.2 billion. Fleet Service workers won top-of-industry wage increases, profit-sharing payments, and critical quality-of-life improvements. Importantly, union members also negotiated bullet-proof job protections, which other airlines have been required to match in order to stay competitive in the tightening airline job market.

Airlines are covered under the Railway Labor Act, which covers transportation-related industries. Under the Act, agreements between airlines and unions do not expire. Instead, they reach an “amendable date,” after which they can be updated. At airlines, this process can be lengthy and often takes several years to complete. The four years it took for American Airlines to agree to the current contract was similar in terms of timeframe to other airline contracts. Pilots at United Airlines, for example, also took a little over four years to reach an agreement with that airline.

 

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HOUSTON / IAH: United Airlines is planning to expand its Stores operation in Houston, which, when completed, will be the largest Stores facility at the airline. The deal was approved at a City Council meeting on January 11.

Herve Lavenant, United’s Managing Director for Logistic Services, said that the new distribution center is integral to the airline’s growth strategy. The deal includes a commitment of $32.6 million for property upgrades, $5.4 million for enhancements in personal property, and the creation of job opportunities in the surrounding area.

The plan would see United acquire a massive 500,000-square-foot, 41-acre facility that will handle warehousing and stores operations at Bush Intercontinental Airport and 100 new flights systemwide. According to Stores Committeeman Satchel Thorpe, the airline currently employs about 300 Storekeepers at IAH. The expansion will require an additional 150 employees, bringing the total number of Storekeepers at IAH to 400.

This center, which United is calling a “Global Distribution Hub,” will play a critical role in managing inventory and providing resources for pilots and terminal operations globally.

United has said wages at the facility will average $64,000 a year, which amounts to roughly $30 an hour.

The move comes as the airline is announcing plans to add 40 new domestic flights at IAH, including the resumption of nonstop service between Houston and Ontario and a new service to Fairbanks, Alaska. In total, United is planning to add more than 100 new flights to destinations in the United States and Canada. The Canadian routes will include cities like Calgary, Vancouver, and Halifax. The new routes will be added to various stations across the United network. Over the summer, United expects to have more US-Canada routes than any other US-based carrier.

In a press release, United Senior Vice President Patrick Quayle said that the idea was to streamline the travel process in a way that would allow passengers to stay on United flights and not make multiple connections with airline partners like Air Canada. Service to locations such as Tampa. Miami, Boston, and Charleston are also planned. United’s presence in the Canadian market has grown by 70% since Air Canada’s partnership expanded in 2022.

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HOUSTON / IAH: United Airlines is planning to expand its Stores operation in Houston, which, when completed, will be the largest Stores facility at the airline. The deal was approved at a City Council meeting on January 11.

Herve Lavenant, United’s Managing Director for Logistic Services, said that the new distribution center is integral to the airline’s growth strategy. The deal includes a commitment of $32.6 million for property upgrades, $5.4 million for enhancements in personal property, and the creation of job opportunities in the surrounding area.

The plan would see United acquire a massive 500,000-square-foot, 41-acre facility that will handle warehousing and stores operations at Bush Intercontinental Airport and 100 new flights systemwide. According to Stores Committeeman Satchel Thorpe, the airline currently employs about 300 Storekeepers at IAH. The expansion will require an additional 150 employees, bringing the total number of Storekeepers at IAH to 400.

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WASHINGTON, DC – IAM Veterans Services Coordinator Rich Evans has been appointed as a Special Government Employee (SGE) to serve as a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation. 

The IAM applauds U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough’s choice in Evans, which shows the Department’s incorporation of diverse perspectives, particularly from individuals with a proven track record in advocating for veterans’ rights.

Evans, a seasoned veterans advocate, has secured over $1.2 million in VA back pay for military veteran members of the IAM, underscoring his unwavering dedication to ensuring that veterans receive the compensation they rightfully deserve.

The Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation plays a vital role in advising U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough on the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD). The Committee is tasked with establishing and overseeing a schedule for periodic reviews of the rating schedule, ensuring its relevance and effectiveness in addressing the diverse needs of veterans.

Evans, a U.S. Navy veteran, brings a wealth of experience to the committee, with firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by U.S. military veterans.

His advocacy has not only led to substantial financial recoveries for IAM veterans but has also contributed to a better understanding of the intricacies of disabilities arising from military service.

Committee members, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, are individuals with expertise in disability compensation from the VA or are leading experts in medicine and science relevant to the Committee’s focus.

“I hope to bring a voice for advocates, as well as veterans, to the committee,” said Evans. “I’m honored to accept this appointment and sit next to fellow advocates, as well as doctors and experts, to make sure our government is doing right by the people who have served our country.”

Because of Evans’ astounding success in supporting IAM veterans and his goal to expand the union’s capacity to do so, the IAM has applied for Veterans Services Organization accreditation. If successful, this would position the IAM as the first international union to officially hold Veterans Service Organization status, further solidifying its commitment to serving the needs of veterans.

“Rich’s appointment to this Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation is a testament to our union’s allegiance to veterans,” said IAM International President Brian Bryant. “The committee will greatly benefit from Rich’s insight and experience. We are grateful to have such a dedicated advocate for veterans in our ranks, and I know that Rich’s presence on the committee will help ensure that the veterans of our nation receive the fair and just compensation they deserve for their sacrifices.”

The IAM Veterans Services Program stands ready to assist IAM military veterans in claiming VA disability and benefits or correcting improperly processed claims. The IAM encourages IAM military veterans to reach out with any questions about how this program could assist in their claims process.

 

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18 January 2024

WASHINGTON, DC – IAM Veterans Services Coordinator Rich Evans has been appointed as a Special Government Employee (SGE) to serve as a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation. 

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“Rich’s appointment to this Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation is a testament to our union’s allegiance to veterans,” said IAM International President Brian Bryant. “The committee will greatly benefit from Rich’s insight and experience. We are grateful to have such a dedicated advocate for veterans in our ranks, and I know that Rich’s presence on the committee will help ensure that the veterans of our nation receive the fair and just compensation they deserve for their sacrifices.”

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Transcript: Alaska Airlines Pilot Calm Under Depressure

Transcript: Alaska Airlines Pilot Calm Under Depressure

Transcript: Alaska Airlines Pilot Calm Under Depressure

Transcript: Alaska Airlines Pilot Calm Under Depressure

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The pilot flying the Alaska Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle last Friday is getting noticed for her super-chill handling a blowout of a cabin door as her plane was three miles in the air.

Just after 5 pm local time on Friday, an emergency door that had been deactivated and converted for use as part of the regular cabin structure blew out at an altitude of 16,000 feet. The plane was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members at the time.

This terrifying event resulted in the depressurization of the cabin. The force of air rushing in was so powerful that it ripped off the shirt of a young boy, who was held tightly by his mother. Multiple passengers also watched helplessly as their phones were sucked out into the night sky.

The pilots touched down safely at Portland International Airport just 20 minutes after takeoff.  

Fortunately, no one aboard was seriously injured, thanks in part to the fact that the rows next to the door were empty. 

But a larger factor in preventing the incident from worsening was the pilot’s remarkably calm approach to managing the crisis. In fact, her demeanor was so steady and controlled that Air Traffic Control needed to ask if an emergency was happening at all.

Air traffic controller: “Alaska 1282 did you declare an emergency or did you need to return to …”

Alaska Airlines pilot: “Yes, we are in an emergency. We are depressurized. We do need to return. We have 177 passengers. Fuel is 18-eight.”

The pilot, whose name had not been made public at the time of this writing, was also credited with preventing panic among passengers.

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Below: Transcript from Alaska Airlines Flight 1282

Air traffic controller: “1282 foreign approach. Good afternoon. You still have information zero?”

Alaska Airlines pilot: “Yeah, we do have information zero, we’d like to get lower, if possible.”

Air traffic controller: “Possibility 1282 descend and maintain 7,000.”

Air traffic controller: “Alaska 1282 did you declare an emergency or did you need to return to …”

Alaska Airlines pilot: “Yes, we are in an emergency, we are depressurized, we do need to return back to, we have 177 passengers. Fuel is 18-eight.”

Jennifer Homendy, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said that “maintenance crews checked the plane and cleared it to fly — but the airline decided not to use it for the long route to Hawaii over water so that it ‘could return very quickly to an airport’ if the warning light reappeared.”

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United Airlines, which operates the Boeing 737 Max 9, has begun inspections of its fleet, focusing particularly on the door plugs and pressurization systems. The airline is reviewing installation procedures and adjusting protocols as necessary.

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As part of the inspections, United is removing two rows of seats and the sidewall liner to access each door plug, a task already completed on most MAX 9s. The process also involves inspecting and verifying the proper installation of the door and frame hardware, opening the door to inspect the area around it and the seal, ensuring any loose door bolts are tightened, and then re-securing the door to ensure it is properly fitted.

United’s teams will then document and correct any discrepancies before an aircraft returns to service. Each inspection requires a team of five United technicians and takes several hours per aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued new inspection guidelines for Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft. The FAA is ensuring that all airlines adhere to these updated safety measures and inspection requirements in an effort to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Maria Deacon, Tech Ops SVP at United, stressed the importance of diligence during this process. In a message to employees, she said, ‘It’s absolutely crucial we all maintain our focus on safety and compliance, and not be distracted or feel rushed.’

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Transcript: Alaska Airlines Pilot Calm Under Depressure

9 January 2024

The pilot flying the Alaska Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle last Friday is getting noticed for her super-chill handling a blowout of a cabin door as her plane was three miles in the air.

Just after 5 pm local time on Friday, an emergency door that had been deactivated and converted for use as part of the regular cabin structure blew out at an altitude of 16,000 feet. The plane was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members at the time.

This terrifying event resulted in the depressurization of the cabin. The force of air rushing in was so powerful that it ripped off the shirt of a young boy, who was held tightly by his mother. Multiple passengers also watched helplessly as their phones were sucked out into the night sky.

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But a larger factor in preventing the incident from worsening was the pilot’s remarkably calm approach to managing the crisis. In fact, her demeanor was so steady and controlled that Air Traffic Control needed to ask if an emergency was happening at all.

Air traffic controller: “Alaska 1282 did you declare an emergency or did you need to return to …”

Alaska Airlines pilot: “Yes, we are in an emergency. We are depressurized. We do need to return. We have 177 passengers. Fuel is 18-eight.”

The pilot, whose name had not been made public at the time of this writing, was also credited with preventing panic among passengers.

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Air traffic controller: “Alaska 1282 did you declare an emergency or did you need to return to …”

Alaska Airlines pilot: “Yes, we are in an emergency, we are depressurized, we do need to return back to, we have 177 passengers. Fuel is 18-eight.”

Jennifer Homendy, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said that “maintenance crews checked the plane and cleared it to fly — but the airline decided not to use it for the long route to Hawaii over water so that it ‘could return very quickly to an airport’ if the warning light reappeared.”

In the wake of the Alaska Airlines incident, other airlines and federal agencies are implementing additional safety measures.

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As part of the inspections, United is removing two rows of seats and the sidewall liner to access each door plug, a task already completed on most MAX 9s. The process also involves inspecting and verifying the proper installation of the door and frame hardware, opening the door to inspect the area around it and the seal, ensuring any loose door bolts are tightened, and then re-securing the door to ensure it is properly fitted.

United’s teams will then document and correct any discrepancies before an aircraft returns to service. Each inspection requires a team of five United technicians and takes several hours per aircraft.

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New International President Bryant Sworn In

New International President Bryant Sworn In

New International President Bryant Sworn In

New International President Bryant Sworn In

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As the new year of 2024 opens, so does a new chapter in the 135-year history of the IAM. Members of the IAM Executive Council on Friday, Jan. 5 took part in an officer installation ceremony at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Watch the full installation ceremony here.

“From the bottom of my heart, I could not be more humbled to have taken this oath to become your 15th International President,” said IAM International President Bryant. “It is time to not just improve the state of working people, but to fundamentally transform the way working people live. We demand not just a seat at the table, but a chance to call the shots.”

Retired IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. administered the oath of office to the Executive Council.

“Brian Bryant knows what it means to lead,” said Martinez. “He has a vision for the future to engage and inspire our membership.”

Bryant, a 34-year IAM member, initiated into the IAM in 1989 when he joined Local S6 while employed at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.  A pipefitter by trade, Bryant became active in his local and district before being appointed to the Eastern Territory staff. Bryant held three positions on the IAM Executive Council before becoming International President.

 

IAM Executive Council as of Jan. 1, 2024:

International President Brian Bryant Local S6
General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes Local 2198
General Vice Presidents Gary R. Allen Local 794
  David Chartrand Local 712
  David Sullivan Local S6
  Richie Johnsen Local 1781
  Craig Martin Local 470
  Jody Bennett Local 2771
  Sam Cicinelli Local 701

 

 

The Executive Council is preparing to review the report of the IAM Committee on the Future, which held dozens of town hall style meetings with members across North America. The report will drive the changes and new ideas used within the organization.

“We know that the world is changing, and that our union must not simply change with it, but lead that change,” said Bryant.

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New International President Bryant Sworn In

8 January 2024

As the new year of 2024 opens, so does a new chapter in the 135-year history of the IAM. Members of the IAM Executive Council on Friday, Jan. 5 took part in an officer installation ceremony at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Watch the full installation ceremony here.

“From the bottom of my heart, I could not be more humbled to have taken this oath to become your 15th International President,” said IAM International President Bryant. “It is time to not just improve the state of working people, but to fundamentally transform the way working people live. We demand not just a seat at the table, but a chance to call the shots.”

Retired IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. administered the oath of office to the Executive Council.

“Brian Bryant knows what it means to lead,” said Martinez. “He has a vision for the future to engage and inspire our membership.”

Bryant, a 34-year IAM member, initiated into the IAM in 1989 when he joined Local S6 while employed at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.  A pipefitter by trade, Bryant became active in his local and district before being appointed to the Eastern Territory staff. Bryant held three positions on the IAM Executive Council before becoming International President.

IAM Executive Council as of Jan. 1, 2024:

International President Brian Bryant Local S6
General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes Local 2198
General Vice Presidents Gary R. Allen Local 794
  David Chartrand Local 712
  David Sullivan Local S6
  Richie Johnsen Local 1781
  Craig Martin Local 470
  Jody Bennett Local 2771
  Sam Cicinelli Local 701

 

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Faysal Silwany Sworn in as Vice President of IAM District 141

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CHICAGO – Faysal Silwany was sworn in as vice president by Machinists Union District President Mike Klemm in a ceremony that took place during Wednesday’s District 141 Executive Board meeting.

Silwany, a member of Local 914 in Newark, New Jersey, has been with United Airlines since 2006, starting as a ramp agent. He began serving as a Union Steward in 2015. He later served as an Executive Board Trustee, and in 2019, he was elected to serve as a Committeeman for Local 914.

In his new role, Silwany will support Assistant General Chairs in the Eastern United States and undertake any additional assignments that union members may require.

His appointment, effective immediately, was unanimously approved by the District 141 Executive Board at the IAMAW District 141 Committee Conference in October.

President Klemm praised Silwany’s appointment, stating, “With Faysal Silwany stepping into the role of Vice President, we are reinforcing our commitment to strong, member-focused leadership. His proven ability to negotiate and advocate effectively will be key in our ongoing efforts to secure the best possible outcomes for our members.”

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Faysal Silwany Sworn in as Vice President of IAM District 141

16 November 2023

CHICAGO – Faysal Silwany was sworn in as vice president by Machinists Union District President Mike Klemm in a ceremony that took place during Wednesday’s District 141 Executive Board meeting.

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