• IAM GVP Conigliaro Addresses Rally to Save Pensions

    On Capitol Hill, IAM General Vice President Jim Conigliaro pledged the IAM’s ongoing support to pass the Keep Our Pensions Promises Act (S.1631), a bill that would protect the pensions of current retirees.

    IAM General Vice President Jim Conigliaro, along with many members of Congress and labor and community leaders, spoke on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in support of the Keep Our Pensions Promises Act, a bill that would protect the pensions of retired workers.

    WATCH: Retirees Rally Congress to Protect Pensions

    “The IAM will stand with you every step of the way to make sure you get every dime of the pension you paid for,” said Conigliaro. “Pensions are an obligation of companies to take care of their employees and it’s the difference between living with dignity or struggling with poverty.”

    One by one, speakers pledged support for the retirees who had assembled at the rally and for bill that would restore pension protections for retirees in “financially-troubled” multiemployer plans. A Republican led Congress quietly took those protections away in 2014.

    “A majority of the people who served [in Congress] did not keep their promise to you,” said U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), a co-sponsor of the bill.

  • IAM Members at United Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contracts

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    Approximately 30,000 IAM-represented workers at United Airlines have overwhelmingly ratified seven contracts in the Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Storekeeper, Maintenance Instructor, Fleet Technical Instructor and Related and Security Officer classifications.

    The five-year accords run through 2021 and provide industry-best wages, work protections and retirement security, among other improvements.

    “IAM members at United Airlines can be proud of these agreements as they provide the pay, job protections and retirement security that IAM-United workers deserve,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “These contracts will provide a strong foundation on which to build future improvements that will better the lives of IAM members at United Airlines.”

    The IAM and United agreed in November 2015 to open existing collective bargaining agreements early and enter “limited issue, expedited negotiations” to take advantage of favorable industry conditions. The process concluded after four months of intense bargaining and led to industry-best contracts for IAM-represented workers at United Airlines.

    “I’d like to thank every IAM member that came out yesterday and voted to not only improve their lives, but also the lives of thousands of other airline workers in like classes and crafts,” said IAM District 141 President Mike Klemm. “IAM members have once again set the bar in the airline industry by demonstrating their solidarity and demanding justice on the job.”

    The IAM has ratified 14 separate contracts for seven separate classifications covering approximately 30,000 workers since the merger of United, Continental and Continental Micronesia in 2010. Through two successful rounds of bargaining, IAM members have achieved wage and pension increases of more than 40 percent and industry-best work protection, among many other improvements.

    The IAM is the largest union at United Airlines.

  • U.S. Navy Fleet Readiness Centers are Hiring IAM Members

    On layoff? Looking for a change of scenery but still want a union job?

    The U.S Navy’s Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs) are currently aggressively hiring in multiple trade areas at union sites in San Diego; Cherry Point, NC; Oceana, VA and Jacksonville, FL. You can be part of the team that delivers assured aviation maintenance and repair to our men and women in uniform.

    U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance are required for all positions.

    Several hundred civilian jobs are available with the largest numbers of positions at:

    San Diego — Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW)
    *IAM-represented facility

    Position  Jobs Available
    Sheet Metal Mechanic   110+
    Aircraft Mechanic 50+
    Machinist  40+
    Aircraft Electrician 15+

    Interested candidates should express interest via: FRCSW_HR_STAFF_RECRU@navy.mil.

    Cherry Point, NC — Fleet Readiness Center East (FRCE)
    *IAM-represented facility

    Position Jobs Available
    Tools and Part Attending  10+
    Sheet Metal Mechanic   10+
    Machinist 10+

    Interested candidates should express interest via: CHPZ_FRCE_JOB_FAIRS@navy.mil.

    Oceana, VA — Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA)
    *IAM-represented facility

    Position Jobs Available
    Sheet Metal Mechanic 10+
    Aircraft Mechanic 10+
    Aircraft Electrician 8+

     Interested candidates should express interest via: FRCSE_HRO@navy.mil.

    Jacksonville, FL — Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE)

    Position Jobs Available
    Sheet Metal Mechanic  50+
    Aircraft Mechanic 30+
    Electronics Mechanic 25+
    Aircraft Engine Mechanic 15+
    Aircraft Electrician 15+

     Interested candidates should express interest via: FRCSE_HRO@navy.mil.

    Expressing interest via the above email accounts will allow Navy Human Resources personnel to direct additional qualification and specific job opening information to you. Click here for general qualification information.

    If you have any questions, please contact the IAM Government Employees Department at 301-967-4753.

  • New York Local 1529 Amphenol Workers Ready for Contract Talks

    The IAM Local 1529 Negotiating Committee recently completed the Negotiation Preparation Program at the Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. First row from left: Committee member Toni Shelton. Second row: Local 1529 Vice President Randall Birdsall and Committee member Chris Cornish. Third Row: Committee members Richard Rock, Jr., Larry Clark, Ricky Tweedie and District 15 Business Representative Bruce Hodges.

    The negotiating committee for IAM Local 1529, along with District 15 staff, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

    The committee represents employees who manufacture electrical connectors at Amphenol in Sidney, NY.

    The week-long Negotiation Preparation class included training in drafting contract language, presenting proposals, analyzing the company’s strengths and weakness, communications and identifying a broad array of potential tactics.

    Recognizing that this promises to be a difficult round of negotiations, the committee strategized to learn from bargaining history, map a new direction for relations with the company, insert stronger contract language, improve working conditions and build solidarity in the bargaining unit.

    “The week was a great learning experience for our Committee, and we left with many new tools to use to get a good contract for our members,” said District 15 Business Representative Bruce Hodges. “The Committee was very impressed with the classes provided and the input they received from the staff.”

    The current contract with Amphenol expires October 21, 2016.