IAM Honors Aviation High School Graduates

Aviation High School recently held its annual graduation ceremony. Approximately 440 students received their high school diploma, with many earning their Airframe and Powerplant licenses certifying them to work as mechanics in the airline industry. 
 
This year, both the Valedictorian and Salutatorian were presented with IAM scholarships. There were several other airline representatives and sponsors that presented the graduates with donations and prizes, but the IAM remains the only labor organization that awards students with scholarships and tool boxes for their educational achievements.
 
“The IAM has enjoyed its long-standing partnership with Aviation High School and is honored each year to be a part of their graduation,” said Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja and Aviation High School graduate. “We take great pride in providing scholarships and other necessary tools that help assist their students with their future endeavors.”
 
Aviation High School, a New York City public school, has an incredible 93% graduation rate and many graduates have expressed a desire to work in the airline industry and become IAM members.

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Machinists Union Flight Attendants Announce Tentative Agreement with ExpressJet Airlines

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced a tentative labor agreement with ExpressJet Airlines covering more than 1,200 flight attendants.
 
“In a time when companies are demanding employees pay more and more for less and less, the negotiating committee has secured the best healthcare on the property, guaranteed it for the life of the agreement, and decreased costs to the employee,” said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “They did this while achieving increases in wages and other benefits.”
 
The overall value of the three-year accord maintains its status as the leading regional airline flight attendant contract. The tentative agreement contained and improved healthcare costs, provides significant pay increases and improves flight attendant quality of life issues. Additional details can be viewed at http://www.iamdl142.org.
 
The tentative agreement will be submitted to a membership ratification vote. The IAM negotiating committee unanimously recommends a yes vote on this contract.
 
“Negotiations were extremely difficult due to the carrier’s merger with Atlantic Southeast Airlines and the need to bring each airline’s flight attendant group under a single contract,” said IAM District 142 President Dave Supplee. “Despite a significant wage disparity, this tentative agreement brings all ExpressJet Flight Attendants under a single pay scale for the first time.”
 
Voting ratification results will be announced the week of July 16, 2018.

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DL 19 Provides Railway Labor Act Training to Local Lodge 754

District Lodge 19 Assistant-to-the-PDGC/Educator Andrew Sandberg recently conducted a two-day training session for Local Lodge 754 representatives of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) in New York. The training introduced the 19 students to the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and the role that the labor-management relationship plays within the RLA.
 
“The training of our members in all railroad matters, especially those pertaining to the RLA, is a top priority for our district and the Transportation Department,” said DL 19 President John Lacey. “This initial class proved to be a success and the springboard for more sessions in the future.”
 
The Janus case, currently being heard by the Supreme Court, was the most challenging discussion the class had. The verdict could possibly change the role unions have in our country. This discussion led the students into exchanging ideas on how the IAM and its members should react if an unfavorable decision is rendered.
 
Members attended the class during their days off and were also shown several different methods on how to best access and use information from the internet to better ensure safe working conditions for their members. The training also included an overview of the IAM Constitution and the specific role each local representative in the class performs.
 
Since this inaugural class was well received and exceeded expectations, DL 19 will continue offering this training to all of its local lodges.

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