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Machinists Union Prepares for Fight at US Airways

District 141 Assistant General Chairman briefs IAM US Airways workers.

District 141 Assistant General Chairman briefs IAM US Airways workers.

After more than two years of intense bargaining by your IAM negotiating committees, US Airways management continues to demand that US Airways IAM represented employees accept second-class contracts compared the industry and to merger partner, American Airlines.

IAM District 141 and 142 negotiators met in person and via conference call with the IAM Transportation Department's leadership last week to discuss strategy and to prepare for a probable proffer of arbitration. The IAM has indicated it would reject arbitration, which would then lead to a 30-day cooling off period. If both parties still could not settle a contract, IAM members at US Airways would be free to strike.

The committees were also updated regarding National Mediation Board (NMB) Chairwoman Puchala's efforts to bring both parties to a fair agreement. The NMB's efforts, however, resulted in US Airways management affirming its demand that IAM members accept a contract that is both far below industry average, and inferior to the contract the same management team bargained for our brothers and sisters at American Airlines.

Your negotiating committees, your District 141 and 142 leadership and your IAM Transportation Department leadership has loudly and clearly told the NMB and US Airways that you will not be sold down the river. The entire IAM membership is lining up in solidarity to support IAM members at US Airways in their fight to achieve the fair contracts they deserve.

It is time for each and every IAM member at US Airways to step up and tell US Airways management that you will not accept second-class status. Tell your supervisor, tell Doug Parker and be sure to tell Al Hemenway, who sits at the table and insults you every time he insists you deserve less and should be down on your knees thanking him just for working at US Airways.

Begin your preparations for the battles that may lie ahead. Your district representatives will be visiting stations and locations in the next several weeks to provide details and answer questions.

Most critically, now is the time to come together in solidarity. Every break table, every work area and every union hall should be filled with discussion of unity and solidarity. Brothers and sisters, only by sticking together, will we achieve the fair contracts we deserve.

Thank you for your continued support and resolve.

Please visit IAM District 141 and IAM District 142 for more information and past updates.

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8 Responses to "Machinists Union Prepares for Fight at US Airways"

  • mike durning
    February 21, 2014 - 2:33 am Reply

    We all deserve a good contract. The employes at Usairways not management that kept the airline making the profits by giving back so much over the years. It is time for us to get back what is ours. Remember we kept the airline in business through two bankruptcies and now another merger.

  • Jose barbosa
    February 21, 2014 - 4:42 am Reply

    It’s about time. ,…

  • Robert Garcia
    February 21, 2014 - 6:04 am Reply

    Solidarity to all my brothers n sisters! Hope here in Phx it all solidarity because all it takes for Doug n his team to settle here is food n they win! We need to show them we are serious n we as employees on the ground made this merge possibly to keep tgem in the black and as a America west employee we stand strong n tired of being put on the backburner

  • Jimmy Kothari
    February 21, 2014 - 3:05 pm Reply

    There’s NO REASON, WHATSOEVER, for the Management to treat us as second class employees and show utter disregard for our hard work and efforts to help the Co. post RECORD PROFITS, quarter after quarter… All we ask is fair and equal treatment and SOME appreciation..And the ONLY way to get that is by STANDING TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY AND FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS..

    • Michael walah
      February 27, 2014 - 6:56 am Reply

      Well said my friend …no long speech and to the Point. Thank you for that phl stock clerk

  • David Kloepping
    February 21, 2014 - 5:00 pm Reply

    And yet there is NO solidarity when it comes to accepting OT called by the company!! It is in EACH persons OWN heart to say NOOOOOO!!! You are adults, no one needs to tell you to say NO. Just do it!!!! But all I hear is I CANT give up my OT …I need it!! What a crock…get real brothers and get off the USAirways tit.

  • Barbara Tobin
    February 21, 2014 - 10:30 pm Reply

    Your Brothers and Sisters at CWA Local 13301 Philly HAVE YOUR BACK. Enough is Enough! Stick together and WIN this fight!

    In Solidarity,
    Barbara Tobin
    Pres. CWA LOCAL 13301
    Passenger Service Union Members Philly

  • Don Bernardo
    March 21, 2014 - 12:59 am Reply

    Even though I’m no longer at US Airways or with anything related to aviation, I still keep up with all the BS. Airline employees that work under a contract will never be treated with respect by any level management moron at US Airways. One has to wonder why so many former mechanics have bailed and gone into low level management jobs only to turn on their former co-workers. I cannot recall a stable year at that Airline and suspect there never will be one. I believe the same BS bumping is going to start all over again with this merger. I truly do wish all of you the best of luck with the management style that’s about to take over!

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