IAM Growth in South Continues with Win in Alabama

Holding the banner from left: Pat Cleveland, Brian Bramblett, Kimberly Burse and Jeanette Valdes. Back Row: District 75 Organizer Mike Cooke, Michael Whitsitt, Victor Williams, Tommy C. Beard, Tommy J. Beard, Robert Shepherd and Special Representative Tony Wirth.

Twenty-one workers at Fort McClellan, near Anniston, AL recently joined the IAM. The prime contractor, Aktarius LLC, and three sub-contractors, Accent Controls, Dawson and VT Griffin, employ the new members.

This unit promises to grow in numbers in the next few years,” said Southern Territory Special Representative Tony Wirth.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) operate a training center at Ft. McClellan, which is a unique facility that trains with both biological and chemical agents.

The IAM is the leading union at our military and governmental installations,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin. “We have professional representation and partner with the employers to ensure that the customer, which is the governmental agency, and ultimately the taxpayers and citizens of our great nation, get the most skilled and expert service possible from our members. Besides providing rights, pay and benefits for our members, our contracts ensure attention to safety and training to provide the highest level of service possible.”

Wirth and District 75 Organizer Mike Cooke led the organizing campaign. The new members will join District 75 and Local Lodge 291 in Anniston, AL.

IAM Signs Hawaiian Airlines Contracts for 2,200

IAM officials and Hawaiian Airlines met to formally sign the IAM-Hawaiian Airlines collective bargaining agreements. From left: Grand Lodge Representative, Shawn Humpherys, IAM designee to the Hawaiian Airlines Board of Directors Joe Guerrieri, Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja, Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley, Transportation Chief of Staff Joseph Tiberi and IAM General Counsel Mark Schneider.

In a ceremony at Hawaiian Airlines headquarters this week, the IAM and the employer signed the recently ratified agreements covering more than 2,200 mechanic and related, clerical, office, stores, fleet service and passenger service employees at the carrier.

“These agreements represent a tremendous amount of work, commitment and sacrifice from the members of our negotiating committees,” said Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Their overwhelming ratification is a testament to the great work that GLRs Tom Regan, Shawn Humpherys and every member of the committees did on behalf of all IAM members at Hawaiian Airlines.”

The five-year accords provide pay increases, enhanced job security, holds the line on health care costs and secures profit sharing and other incentive programs.

During the ceremony, Pantoja introduced the IAM’s new designee to the Hawaiian Board of Directors, Joseph Guerrieri, to the negotiating committees and CEO Mark Dunkerley. Guerrieri is a former federal prosecutor and founding partner of the Guerrieri, Claymon, Bartos and Parcelli law firm in Washington, D.C. International President Robert Martinez appointed Guerrieri with the support of the Executive Boards of IAM Districts 141 and 142.

“Joe has been a staunch advocate for IAM members for more than three decades,” said Pantoja. “There is no stronger, more qualified person to represent IAM members on the Hawaiian Board of Directors.”

IAM Transportation Department officials, District 141 and 142 representatives and Hawaiian Airlines negotiators met to sign the recently ratified IAM-Hawaiian contracts.

IAM Members at Southwest Reap Cash Windfall

When IAM members at Southwest Airlines ratified their most recent contract in December 2014, they not only received wage increases, lump sum payments and other improvements, they also ratified IAM negotiated protections against falling behind other Southwest employee groups who were still in negotiations.

IAM leadership and negotiators smartly bargained a “true-up” clause, which requires that IAM-represented Customer Service Agents and Customer Representatives receive the same percentage wage rate, lump sum and variable bonus increases as Southwest Ramp, Operations, Provisioning and Freight Agents. This negotiated wage and economic protection maintains IAM members’ wage rates ahead of their internal counterparts for the duration of their agreement, which becomes amendable in December 2018.

“IAM members at Southwest Airlines have been and continue to be critical component of that carrier’s success and are fully deserving of the benefits of their IAM contract,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “I’d also like to thank the IAM Negotiating Committee for having the vision to ensure IAM members at Southwest would never fall behind and will continue to lead the way at the carrier.”

“We knew where the industry was going and negotiated a contract that ensured IAM members’ compensation remained at the top at Southwest Airlines,” said IAM District 142 President Dave Supplee. “IAM members at Southwest can expect another well-deserved raise and lump sum payment because of their IAM contract.”

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