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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Broken Promises: Informational Picket Draws Crowds at LAX

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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4 Things Most People Don’t Know About MLK

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4 Things Most People Don’t Know About MLK

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Today is the day Americans celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are many aspects of his life that everyone knows, such as his prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s, his work as a pastor and union organizer, and the near-constant harassment and conspiracy theories he had to endure. Yet, there are still many chapters of his biography that remain largely unknown. Here are five things most people still don’t know about the Human Rights icon. 

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth name was actually Michael King Jr.

Every year on the third Monday of January, America celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a champion of civil rights and a symbol of peace. However, very few people are aware that this historic leader was born under another name: Michael King Jr. Martin Luther only adopted his famous name after his father, a prominent Pastor in Atlanta, GA, changed both their names to Martin Luther in honor of Protestant reformist Martin Luther following an extended tour of Europe and Germany in 1934. While the exact reasons for the change remain a topic of debate, the elder King swiftly replaced “M.L.” or “Mike” King with “Martin Luther King, Sr.”

The younger King was more reticent about the name change. His original birth certificate was filed on January 15, 1929, when he was already five years old. He did not start referring to himself by “Martin,” in his letters until well into the 1950s, preferring instead to sign off with the initials “ML.” The first time he seems to have formally used the name Martin was in a July 18, 1952, letter to his then-girlfriend and future wife, Coretta. He ends the beautiful missive with “Eternally Yours, Martin.”

His name was formally changed when his birth certificate was updated with “Martin Luther” on July 23, 1957, when he was 28. 

Read more here >>

 

He was nearly assassinated a decade before his actual assassination

One of the stranger stories about King’s life happened on a cool September afternoon in the shoe section of a bustling Harlem department store when he was 29. King had become a national figure following the Atlanta bus Boycotts triggered by Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit at the back of a bus. King had written a book about the event called Stride Toward Freedom. While promoting the book, a 42-year-old black woman named Izola Ware Curry stepped forward and stabbed King in the center of his chest with a pen knife. She stabbed him with so much force that the blade broke off in his chest and remained there as the shocked crowd jumped to restrain her. 

Photos from the attempt on his life are eery. In the most famous, King is shown calmly having a wound on his hand treated while the blade juts from his chest, a small circle of blood spreading under his otherwise clean white shirt. (Take another look at the photo above.)

Curry was arrested, and it was later determined that she was mentally unwell. She died in 2015 after spending the rest of her life struggling with paranoid schizophrenia.

Read more here >>

His “I Have A Dream” speech was not originally planned.

The “I Have A Dream” speech delivered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, is one of the most iconic speeches of all time. But interestingly enough, it was largely off-script; the words were mostly improvised. Before delivering the speech on August 28, 1963, in front of an estimated 250,000 people, King wrote a 20-page manuscript that his advisors had reviewed. However, throughout his speech, he made substantial changes – substituting facts with emotional appeals to rally civil rights supporters to action. The words “I have a dream” do not appear in his speech notes. 

The “I have a dream” section was almost entirely improvised and was based on a sermon that his parishioners knew well. Towards the end of the remarks, a voice can be heard calling for him to “do, ‘I have a dream! Tell them about the dream, Martin!” 

That voice belonged to Mahalia Jackson, a vocalist who had sang hymns to the crowd before King was scheduled to speak. King had often performed versions of what would later become the “I have a dream” speech at engagements around the South. But, he had not included it in his address at the Lincoln Memorial because he didn’t think he could fit it in. Hearing Jackson’s calls to him changed his mind, and King delivered remarks that would be recited for centuries. 

Read More >>

 

He was arrested more than 30 times.

King was regularly denounced as a “criminal,” a “Communist,” and a “troublemaker.” And police at the time were not reluctant to arrest him for any and every accusation made against the human rights leader. Over his career, King was arrested after being accused of standing illegally outside a government building, lying under oath, driving 5 miles over the speed limit, and tax evasion, among many other accusations. Notably, King was also regularly acquitted of these allegations by all-white juries that prosecutors had hoped would hand down lengthy prison sentences.

Exasperated, in December 1959, the Governor of Georgia, Ernest Vandiver dropped all pretense and simply outlawed Dr. King altogether. Claiming that King’s presence anywhere in the state would disrupt the “good relations between the races,” and that “wherever M. L. King, Jr., has been there has followed in his wake a wave of crimes including stabbings, bombings, and inciting riots, barratry, destruction of property, and many others” he placed him under constant police surveillance. 

While King certainly had powerful enemies but also friends in high places. Among them were John F Kennedy, Jr. and his brother, Robert Kennedy, who regularly made calls for his release from jail. Moreover, the arrests led to some of the most poignant writing in American history, as they allowed King to use his considerable skills to create such works as “Letters From Birmingham Jail.”

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Today is the day Americans celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are many aspects of his life that everyone knows, such as his prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s, his work as a pastor and union organizer, and the near-constant harassment and conspiracy theories he had to endure. Yet, there are still many chapters of his biography that remain largely unknown. Here are five things most people still don’t know about the Human Rights icon. 

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth name was actually Michael King Jr.

Every year on the third Monday of January, America celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a champion of civil rights and a symbol of peace. However, very few people are aware that this historic leader was born under another name: Michael King Jr. Martin Luther only adopted his famous name after his father, a prominent Pastor in Atlanta, GA, changed both their names to Martin Luther in honor of Protestant reformist Martin Luther following an extended tour of Europe and Germany in 1934. While the exact reasons for the change remain a topic of debate, the elder King swiftly replaced “M.L.” or “Mike” King with “Martin Luther King, Sr.”

The younger King was more reticent about the name change. His original birth certificate was filed on January 15, 1929, when he was already five years old. He did not start referring to himself by “Martin,” in his letters until well into the 1950s, preferring instead to sign off with the initials “ML.” The first time he seems to have formally used the name Martin was in a July 18, 1952, letter to his then-girlfriend and future wife, Coretta. He ends the beautiful missive with “Eternally Yours, Martin.”

His name was formally changed when his birth certificate was updated with “Martin Luther” on July 23, 1957, when he was 28. 

Read more here >>

 

He was nearly assassinated a decade before his actual assassination

One of the stranger stories about King’s life happened on a cool September afternoon in the shoe section of a bustling Harlem department store when he was 29. King had become a national figure following the Atlanta bus Boycotts triggered by Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit at the back of a bus. King had written a book about the event called Stride Toward Freedom. While promoting the book, a 42-year-old black woman named Izola Ware Curry stepped forward and stabbed King in the center of his chest with a pen knife. She stabbed him with so much force that the blade broke off in his chest and remained there as the shocked crowd jumped to restrain her. 

Photos from the attempt on his life are eery. In the most famous, King is shown calmly having a wound on his hand treated while the blade juts from his chest, a small circle of blood spreading under his otherwise clean white shirt. (Take another look at the photo above.)

Curry was arrested, and it was later determined that she was mentally unwell. She died in 2015 after spending the rest of her life struggling with paranoid schizophrenia.

Read more here >>

His “I Have A Dream” speech was not originally planned.

The “I Have A Dream” speech delivered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, is one of the most iconic speeches of all time. But interestingly enough, it was largely off-script; the words were mostly improvised. Before delivering the speech on August 28, 1963, in front of an estimated 250,000 people, King wrote a 20-page manuscript that his advisors had reviewed. However, throughout his speech, he made substantial changes – substituting facts with emotional appeals to rally civil rights supporters to action. The words “I have a dream” do not appear in his speech notes. 

The “I have a dream” section was almost entirely improvised and was based on a sermon that his parishioners knew well. Towards the end of the remarks, a voice can be heard calling for him to “do, ‘I have a dream! Tell them about the dream, Martin!” 

That voice belonged to Mahalia Jackson, a vocalist who had sang hymns to the crowd before King was scheduled to speak. King had often performed versions of what would later become the “I have a dream” speech at engagements around the South. But, he had not included it in his address at the Lincoln Memorial because he didn’t think he could fit it in. Hearing Jackson’s calls to him changed his mind, and King delivered remarks that would be recited for centuries. 

Read More >>

 

He was arrested more than 30 times.

King was regularly denounced as a “criminal,” a “Communist,” and a “troublemaker.” And police at the time were not reluctant to arrest him for any and every accusation made against the human rights leader. Over his career, King was arrested after being accused of standing illegally outside a government building, lying under oath, driving 5 miles over the speed limit, and tax evasion, among many other accusations. Notably, King was also regularly acquitted of these allegations by all-white juries that prosecutors had hoped would hand down lengthy prison sentences.

Exasperated, in December 1959, the Governor of Georgia, Ernest Vandiver dropped all pretense and simply outlawed Dr. King altogether. Claiming that King’s presence anywhere in the state would disrupt the “good relations between the races,” and that “wherever M. L. King, Jr., has been there has followed in his wake a wave of crimes including stabbings, bombings, and inciting riots, barratry, destruction of property, and many others” he placed him under constant police surveillance. 

While King certainly had powerful enemies but also friends in high places. Among them were John F Kennedy, Jr. and his brother, Robert Kennedy, who regularly made calls for his release from jail. Moreover, the arrests led to some of the most poignant writing in American history, as they allowed King to use his considerable skills to create such works as “Letters From Birmingham Jail.”

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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.
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  • 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.

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.
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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.”

“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.”

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VIDEO OF HORROR ACCIDENT AT DELTA: Latest Information

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15 December 2022

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.

UPDATE: Donations to Camdyn Harris and her family have increased since this article was written. Donations have poured in from around the nation and will likely reach several thousand dollars by this weekend. Currently, more than $5,000 in donations have been made. 

Camdyn Harris, a Delta Ramp Worker struck by a Lav Truck while guiding in an aircraft at ATL Airport. 

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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.

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.

 

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 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.”

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Union Alliance Forged at United

Union Alliance Forged at United

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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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.
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