• Gender Pay Inequality is Top Concern for Working Women

    Equal pay for equal work is at the top of the list of economic concerns for working women, according to the AFL-CIO’s recently released National Survey Study of Working Women. The survey of over 23,000 working women found that gender pay inequality beat out 20 other social and economic issues facing women today.

    Rounding out the top five issues were affordable health care, guaranteed health care for all, affordable higher education, and raising the minimum wage.

    Women surveyed identified health care costs as their top barrier to economic stability, followed by low wages, cost of higher education and student debt, unpredictable work schedules and personal debt.

    The majority of respondents were the main breadwinners in their household. Nearly six in 10 of women surveyed said they earn a majority of their household income.

    The AFL-CIO is releasing the findings in a series of short reports over the next few months. The first issue, Our Voices: A Snapshot of Working Women, provides a snapshot of the entire sample.

  • 'True Up' Generates Over $119 Million for IAM Members at Southwest Airlines

    IAM District 142 announced that due to the “true up” provision negotiated during the last round of collective bargaining, IAM workers at Southwest Airlines will receive an additional $119 million in wages and lump sum payments.

    “I’d like to thank the IAM negotiating committee at Southwest for their foresight and ensuring that IAM members receive what they rightly deserve,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “IAM members at Southwest Airlines have consistently provided the customer service that has kept the airline at the top and they deserve every cent they will receive.”

    “The true up provision represents the expertise of the IAM in negotiating airline industry contracts and the great working relationship the IAM has with Southwest Airlines,” said District 142 President Dave Supplee. “This is a win-win. IAM members receive what they deserve and Southwest gets the best employees in the industry.”

    The ‘true up’ provisions were negotiated to ensure IAM members’ wages at Southwest remained at the top at the carrier with comparable classifications because the IAM ratified contracts at the carrier first. IAM members enjoyed pay increases and lump sum payments in 2014 and 2015 before the ‘true up’ provisions were triggered.

    The $119 million represents wage increases through 2018 and lump sum bonuses to be paid within 90 days. The Profitability Bonus payments (ROIC) scheduled through 2018 will all be advanced into a single ROIC payment this year. The combined-single ROIC payment will occur after the April 5, 2016 due date but within the same 90 day period.

    Click here to see the adjusted pay scale, effective March 1, 2016.

  • NFFE-IAM Calls on Obama to Protect Wildland Firefighters

    Wildland firefighters and other seasonal federal workers are still being prevented from advancing into permanent government positions, writes National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) National President Bill Dougan in a letter to President Obama.

    Dougan is asking Obama to step in because he says the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is refusing to follow a part of the recently-passed Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA), which gives temporary federal workers the opportunity to compete for agency positions on an equal footing with other federal employees if they’ve worked over four seasons.

    Despite this, OPM is still prohibiting eligible temporary employees, regardless of seasons served, from applying to vacancies open to all federal employees.

    “As it stands, OPM is gutting the much-needed, bipartisan reforms of the LMWFA. The Congressional Record is clear that the Act is designed to provide long-serving temporary seasonal employees with the same career advancement opportunities available to other Federal employees,” said Dougan. “In direct opposition to Congressional intent, entrenched bureaucrats at OPM are keeping in place the very barriers to meaningful career advancement the LMWFA was enacted to break down.”

    Click here to read Dougan’s entire letter.

  • Register Now for the 2016 IAM Legislative Conference

    Don’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard on Capitol Hill. The April 1 deadline is fast approaching! Speak on behalf of union workers everywhere and talk to your elected representatives about issues that affect IAM members.

    Corporate lobbyists and big-business donors do their best to keep the voices of working people outside the halls of Congress, but that has never stopped IAM members from coming out in droves to lobby on Capitol Hill.

    Be a part of the power IAM members will bring to Washington, DC during the IAM Legislative Conference. The conference will take place May 9-12, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

    Click here to download the call letter, hotel reservation form and other important information. April 1 is the deadline to make hotel reservations.

    Attendees will lobby members of Congress on the issues that affect IAM members most — trade, defense funding, retirement security, health care costs and much more. Delegates will also hear from allies in Congress and attend a congressional reception hosted by the IAM.

    Click here to sign up today.