Martinez Urges Senate to Increase Flight Attendant Rest

In a letter to members of the U.S. Senate, IAM International President Bob Martinez urged them to include language in its FAA reauthorization bill that mirrors the Flight Attendant Fatigue amendment adopted by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“The current FAA rest minimum for flight attendants, even after a 14-hour duty day, is 9 hours, which can be reduced to 8 hours,” said Martinez. “As the Committee moves forward in developing an FAA bill that improves aviation safety, it must include language that addresses flight attendant fatigue. This issue directly affects the health and safety of all flight attendants and the flying public.”

IAM members from around the country recently scored a major political victory in the House of Representatives when amendments were included in the Aviation Innovation Reform Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIIR). Those amendments would mandate a minimum of 10 hours rest for Flight Attendants and make it a felony to assault a Customer Service Agent.

“The time is now for the Senate to act and recognize that Flight Attendants deserve adequate rest,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “Flight Attendants are the front-line defense in our nation’s air transport system and we must ensure they are prepared for any emergency.”

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.