Flight Attendants Endorse JetBlue GO Unionization

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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.

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, 
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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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Camdyn Harris, an Atlanta-based Fleet Service Worker at Delta Air Lines who was struck and crushed by a passing lav truck while guiding an aircraft into her gate, is alive and, while severely injured, is expected to recover. The incident happened on December 10, just after 6:00 in the evening.

Horrific video of the accident showed the ground agent standing behind gate C 36 at Hartsfield-Jackson. She was helping to provide a safe pathway for an approaching Boeing 717 aircraft. As the regional jet turns into the gate, the young ramp worker is suddenly struck from behind by a lav truck at near-full speed. The flat front grill of the vehicle threw her into the concrete, shattering bones in her face and causing other serious injuries. It also shows the truck’s rear tires passing over her body.

The video then shows the aircraft and the lav truck slamming their brakes. The truck operator then rushes out of his vehicle to attend to the fallen wing walker and several other people working nearby. A police report following the incident says that she was found “bleeding from the head but was stable” and that she was transported to nearby Grady Hospital. The police report goes on to say that the lav truck driver was “looking down at his assignment tablet” just before striking the ramp worker. Police cited him, his badge was confiscated, and he was escorted from the airport. 

The tragic incident was a major topic at Machinists Union District 141 Safety Conference, held this year in Orlando. The Safety Conference brings front-line airline workers, members of airline management and other safety experts together each year to discuss ways to make airports safer places to work.

Her mother, Chanelle Harris, said those who rushed to her aid initially thought the teenage ramp worker had died. “Believed to be dead and without breath, she regained consciousness and was rushed to Grady Hospital in Atlanta,” her mother said. “Thank you, God, for sending my baby back to us.”

Her mother also said that Camdyn was facing a long recovery. 

 “Thankfully, her spine was left intact,” Harris said of her daughter’s injuries. “But Camdyn suffered many broken bones in her face, a fractured skull, and a serious concussion. She has had difficulty finding her words and remembering things since the incident. We pray for a full recovery, but know that it will be a long one that will require much love, attention and support,” she continued.

Her mother asked that the video be shown, hoping it would lead to safer working conditions at Delta and other airlines. Since first appearing on Twitter, it has quickly gone viral, having been picked up by local media outlets. 

In a statement reported by Local News Outlet Fox News 5, Delta Air Lines sought to minimize the accident, stressing that Camdyn’s injuries were only “non-life-threatening.” 

“Delta teams are fully investigating an accident involving an employee injury in Atlanta on Saturday evening, as nothing is more important than the safety of our people and our customers,” the message read. “The employee was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

It’s unclear if Delta is resisting a workers’ compensation claim or offering other financial assistance to Camdyn or her family. Her mother has started a GoFundMe page to ask for help from the public. As of December 15, five days after the accident, the page had collected $1,247.

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Union Alliance Forged at United

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IAM141.org
7 December 2022

Over three hundred United Airlines pilots, fleet and customer service workers, stores agents, and flight attendants picketed at the upscale Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston on Wednesday, where United Airlines held a board meeting with top executives.

Over three hundred United Airlines pilots, fleet service workers, and flight attendants picketed at the upscale Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston on Wednesday, where United Airlines held a board meeting with top executives. The demonstration comes as United executives demand that unions grant them the power to outsource employees, a move that all unions at the airline have flatly rejected. 

It also comes amid the holiday travel season, when air traffic snarls can damage an airline’s reputation with travelers. 

The Airline Pilots Association took the lead in organizing the event, which drew members from The Machinists Union, and the Association of Flight Attendants, and the Gulf Coast AFL-CIO, among other labor groups. 

CEO Scott Kirby attempted to meet with the unions, who had gathered in orderly lines encircling the hotel where executives were meeting. He emerged from the Grand Foyer at the luxury hotel’s entrance, which charges room prices as high as $5,000 per night, to the sight of hundreds of union members holding signs and silently marching along the sidewalk. Some of the signs read, “United Divided,” “Contract Now,” and “We Made United $1 Billion This Summer.”

Kirby made a few attempts at friendly banter with the pilots, promising that a contract would be locked in “very soon.” To the ramp workers, he said that there was “a single issue that was holding up the negotiations,” and that the Machinists Union was refusing to discuss the issue. He went on to say, “I can’t talk about it directly, but if we had an event like the COVID pandemic hit us again, we could face devastating consequences.”

Yet, the chances of Congress allowing the collapse of any major airline, let alone the entire commercial aviation industry, is remote.

During the pandemic, Kirby attempted to furlough thousands of fleet and customer service agents by reducing their hours from full-time to part-time. This was after accepting its share of $54 billion in funding from taxpayers to cover its entire payroll. In exchange for the funding, Kirby promised to retain the airline’s entire workforce in order to preserve the nation’s air infrastructure. He was forced to reverse course after unions took the matter to lawmakers, who in turn pressured the airline to keep its word. Kirby also signed off on a scheme to encourage mass retirements by dangling the promise of lucrative payouts to new retirees. The sharp cuts in the airline’s workforce resulted in staff shortages and delays as the pandemic waned and air travel returned.

In response to Kirby’s attempts to meet the picketing unions, the unions turned their backs on the CEO, who said, “won’t you please at least acknowledge that I’m addressing you?” The union members did not respond, instead continuing to stand silently at attention with their backs to Kirby. 

“United proudly announced that the carrier just had its third-best Thanksgiving ever,” said Machinists Union District President Mike Klemm, who attended the picket but who refused to meet with Kirby. “IAM members ensured almost 3 million customers could connect with family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. And how does United thank us? They refuse to protect our jobs and pay us what we’re worth,’ he continued.

In a statement to union members, Klemm said that the offers Kirby was making were “disgraceful,” and went far beyond wages.

“United management’s refusal to provide acceptable job security and wage rates for IAM-represented workers is unacceptable and disgraceful,” he said.  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.”  

Machinist Union Air transport Territory General Vice President Richie Jonsen, along with his Chief of Staff Edison Fraser both attended the events today to show support for the movement. Johnson, who has spearheaded the creation of a labor coalition at Delta Airlines, today announced a similar move at United.

Johnsen announced that every union at United Airlines was forming an alliance to build historic power for frontline workers as four of the five unions at the carrier were locked in contentious negotiations.

“The 78,000 people who make United fly have more than earned our fair share of the profits we create,” the joint statement from the five unions read. “We still feel the sacrifices of bankruptcy, the squeeze of the merger, and the extreme challenges of the pandemic. At every turn, we did our jobs, and we’ve fought hard for a bright future at United Airlines,” the statement continued.

“Today is that day. Together, our unions form the United Airlines Union Coalition to coordinate closely on bargaining and other issues. None of us can do our jobs without each other. We have each other’s backs in bargaining, and will stand together until we have ratified contracts that reflect the world-class airline United should be.

“We will coordinate in this round of bargaining and we will stand together for our future too. We are United.”

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7 December 2022

Over three hundred United Airlines pilots, fleet service workers, and flight attendants picketed at the upscale Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston on Wednesday, where United Airlines held a board meeting with top executives.

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The Airline Pilots Association took the lead in organizing the event, which drew members from The Machinists Union, and the Association of Flight Attendants, and the Gulf Coast AFL-CIO, among other labor groups. 

CEO Scott Kirby attempted to meet with the unions, who had gathered in orderly lines encircling the hotel where executives were meeting. He emerged from the Grand Foyer at the luxury hotel’s entrance, which charges room prices as high as $5,000 per night, to the sight of hundreds of union members holding signs and silently marching along the sidewalk. Some of the signs read, “United Divided,” “Contract Now,” and “We Made United $1 Billion This Summer.”

Kirby made a few attempts at friendly banter with the pilots, promising that a contract would be locked in “very soon.” To the ramp workers, he said that there was “a single issue that was holding up the negotiations,” and that the Machinists Union was refusing to discuss the issue. He went on to say, “I can’t talk about it directly, but if we had an event like the COVID pandemic hit us again, we could face devastating consequences.”

Yet, the chances of Congress allowing the collapse of any major airline, let alone the entire commercial aviation industry, is remote.

During the pandemic, Kirby attempted to furlough thousands of fleet and customer service agents by reducing their hours from full-time to part-time. This was after accepting its share of $54 billion in funding from taxpayers to cover its entire payroll. In exchange for the funding, Kirby promised to retain the airline’s entire workforce in order to preserve the nation’s air infrastructure. He was forced to reverse course after unions took the matter to lawmakers, who in turn pressured the airline to keep its word. Kirby also signed off on a scheme to encourage mass retirements by dangling the promise of lucrative payouts to new retirees. The sharp cuts in the airline’s workforce resulted in staff shortages and delays as the pandemic waned and air travel returned.

In response to Kirby’s attempts to meet the picketing unions, the unions turned their backs on the CEO, who said, “won’t you please at least acknowledge that I’m addressing you?” The union members did not respond, instead continuing to stand silently at attention with their backs to Kirby.

“The 78,000 people who make United fly have more than earned our fair share of the profits we create,” the joint statement from the five unions read. “We still feel the sacrifices of bankruptcy, the squeeze of the merger, and the extreme challenges of the pandemic. At every turn, we did our jobs and we’vefought hard for a bright future at United Airlines,” the statement continued.

“Today is that day. Together, our unions form the United Airlines Union Coalition to coordinate closely on bargaining and other issues. None of us can do our jobs without each other. We have each other’s backs in negotiation and will stand together until we have ratified contracts that reflect the world-class airline United should be.
“We will coordinate in this round of bargaining and we will stand together for our future too. We are United.”

 

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IAM District 141 and United Airlines management met in Orlando, Florida, this week and continued contract negotiations. Both parties remain very far apart on the most vital issues: job security and wages.

United management’s refusal to provide acceptable job security and wage rates for IAM-represented workers is unacceptable and disgraceful. 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. Unfortunately, after almost a year of “expedited negotiations,” United management has yet to put forth adequate proposals that could lead to a tentative agreement. While United management sits on their hands in negotiations, ground workers employed at American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Alaska Airlines are earning higher hourly wages than United ground workers. At Southwest Airlines, IAM members will soon vote on a tentative agreement that provides the airline industry’s highest wage rates.

At the same time, United management continues to throw the success that we create in our faces. United proudly announced that the carrier just had its third-best Thanksgiving ever. IAM members ensured almost 3 million customers could connect with family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. And how does United thank us? They refuse to protect our jobs and pay us what we’re worth.

But why? Why the disrespect? Is it because CEO Scott Kirby thinks the economic future is uncertain and United must be cautious? No. Here’s part of what Scott said during United’s most recent earnings call: “Our operation is firing on all cylinders. In fact, based on most metrics, it’s running better than ever […] there are three industry tailwinds prevailing the COVID recovery for aviation and United that are currently overcoming those macro headwinds and we believe will continue to do so in 2023.”

Scott is very bullish on United’s financial future, and he should be: United made almost a $1 BILLION profit in the most recent quarter. Unfortunately, he’s not bullish on our financial future. The fact is, our hard work and dedication have been the drivers of United’s success. And that financial success directly lines Scott’s pockets and the pockets of the rest of United’s overpaid executives. CEO Kirby’s raise for 2022 was 67 percent, from $10 million in 2021 to $16.7 million in 2022. Greed at its finest.

I have called an emergency meeting of IAM District 141’s Executive Board next week in Houston, Texas. It is necessary to convene the District Executive Board to discuss the status of negotiations and plan our next steps, so we can appropriately deal with the unprecedented greed and arrogance that now permeates United’s management team.

We will advise of next steps.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Olu Ajetomobi
Joe Bartz
Victor Hernandez
Barb Martin
Andrea’ Myers
Terry Stansbury
Faysal Silwany
Erik Stenberg
Sue Weisner

Mike Klemm

President and Directing General Chair,
IAMAW District 141
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