Jobless Benefit Extension Passes Key Hurdle in Senate – 21st Century Labor Union – IAMAW

A bill to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits for an estimated 1.3 million jobless Americans has passed a critical test vote in the Senate.

Six Republicans joined 54 Democrats in meeting the 60-vote threshold needed for the Senate to begin full consideration of the bill.

The pending legislation would extend the emergency unemployment compensation program for three months, as well as provide backpay for the more than one million jobless who lost their benefits when Congress failed to grant an extension by December 28, 2013.

Albeit good news, the next steps for the legislation are uncertain, reads a recent USA Today article.

“The Senate still has to pass the bill, and it faces considerable opposition in the GOP-controlled House, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said he could consider an extension if the cost is offset by budget cuts elsewhere,” reads the report.

Allowing unemployment benefits to expire for folks who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own is hurting the jobless, their families, as well as the struggling economy. A recent report from Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee shows states have already lost $400 million in economic activity in one week because Congress let benefits expire.

A rally has been planned for Wednesday, January 8, 2014, outside the House Visitors Center, Room 215, in Washington, DC, at 11:30 am. All supporters who can make it are encouraged to attend.

Take action now by clicking here. Send your Senators and Representative a letter telling them to extend federal unemployment benefits today.

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Help Guide Dogs Win 10 Million Charity Miles – 21st Century Labor Union – IAMAW

Vote to help Guide Dogs of America (GDA) receive 10 million charity miles on United Airlines.

Click here to vote in the United Charity Miles Holiday Campaign.

The campaign awards participating nonprofits with free miles to use for travel, transport and other needs. Users are asked to vote for their favorite nonprofit every day through December 31. The more votes an organization gets, the more miles it will receive at the end of the campaign.

“The United Charity Miles Holiday Campaign is a great way to give back and show your support for Guide Dogs of America,” said GDA President Dale Hartford. “GDA uses the miles to provide travel for an average of 25 blind students to attend guide dog training each year. We also use the miles to send trainers out to evaluate potential students, provide follow-up training for graduates, and to do in-home training when that service is the only way we can meet the student’s needs.

“We currently rank seventh in the United campaign with 1,928 votes, which means we’re off to a great start. We’re counting on our Machinists family to take us to No. 1.”

Guide Dogs of America is a nonprofit organization that provides professionally-trained guide dogs to blind and visually-impaired individuals. Founded in 1948, GDA has provided free guide dogs and instruction to more than 3,000 blind recipients, covering the $42,000 it costs to breed, raise, and train each guide dog.

Click here to vote now. And be sure to check back every day to vote often. And tell your family and friends.

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IAM Skips American Airlines NASDAQ Debut – 21st Century Labor Union – IAMAW

The IAM announced it declined management’s invitation to participate in the “new” American Airlines’ opening bell ceremony at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport celebrating the carrier’s first day of stock trading on the NASDAQ.

“Make no mistake, this airline has ignored and disrespected IAM members at US Airways by its shameless refusal to settle a fair contract,” said IAM District 142 President Tom Higginbotham. “To stand there with American’s management and pretend there are no labor problems and celebrate ‘one airline’ would be an outright lie.”

IAM members at US Airways have been in contract negotiations for almost three years. The carrier’s management, headed by Doug Parker, who will assume the reins at the “new” American, has refused to settle new accords with IAM members at pre-merger US Airways. Earlier this year, the IAM requested a release from contract talks from the National Mediation Board (NMB), a federal agency, which, if granted, could lead to a strike.

“This is a merger in name only,” said IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney. “As long as this management team refuses to settle a fair contract, approximately 32,000 employees will remain separated and the merger’s synergies will not be realized.”

The IAM and Transport Workers Union (TWU) formed an alliance earlier this year, the TWU-IAM Employee Association, to jointly represent mechanic & related, fleet service and stockroom employees at the new airline. The agreement stipulates the TWU-IAM Association will request a single carrier determination from the NMB, a pre-requisite to integrating unionized workforces. This request will only occur once contracts are settled for IAM-represented workers at pre-merger US Airways. Workforce integration will be delayed for approximately 32,000 workers at the carrier, by far the largest percentage of the combined workforce, until the airline settles agreements with the IAM.

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