REPUBLIC MANAGEMENT TO MECHANIC AND RELATED WORKERS: WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU. WHEN?
A few months ago, Director of Labor Relations Jane Ham, previously employed by the union-busting law firm Ford and Harrison, held meetings in PIT, CMH and IND, in an attempt to hear our concerns and answer questions that we had.
Well, it’s been months since those meetings took place and many of the questions that we posed to Ms. Ham have gone unanswered. In fact, during the meetings, she said she’d get back to us, which was fair enough. But, not following up on her commitment to get back to us is disrespectful and unprofessional.
The unfortunate fact is, Ms. Ham is under no obligation to get back to us. Without collective bargaining rights, which only comes from unionizing, Ms. Ham can string us along forever and never answer our questions or do anything about our concerns regarding our workplace.
The only sure-fire way to have our questions answered and our concerns addressed is at the negotiating table. But first we must unionize. Then Ms. Ham is under a LEGAL obligation to take us seriously.
Having a union levels the playing field and offers equality for workers. Just ask Republic Pilots and Flight Attendants. Republic management’s corporate updates to flight crews consistently talk about the “industry leading wages and benefits” they have. How do you think that happened? It’s because they have a union and the right to collective bargaining.
The time is now for us to gain respect and fairness on the job. We deserve it. We deserve the industry leading wages and benefits that Republic management boasts about when talking about flight crews.
The fact is, the flight crews don’t fly without us. Too bad Ms. Ham doesn’t respect this.
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REPUBLIC MANAGEMENT USING THIRD PARTY VENDORS TO PERFORM OUR WORK
Republic management has decided to utilize third party vendors to work alongside us because, they claim, they are having trouble filling AMT vacancies. This latest move by management is unfair and seriously diminishes our profession threatens our jobs.
Without a union contract and legally enforceable terms, Republic management can, and will, turn over our work over to lower paid vendors who will work right alongside us. There is no action that we can take to prevent this with a union contract. How long will it take to phase us out and replace us with vendors? The only way we can protect our work and our jobs is by unionizing and negotiating a contract with "scope" language.
"Scope" provisions in a union contract define the work that we do, and prevent others from performing our work. Contractual "scope" language protects our jobs and families.
And, Republic management can do things that would attract new applicants by raising the standards at our airline. That, however, doesn't seem to be the case. It appears that Republic management will attempt a patchwork fix to this problem instead of finding a long term solution. Having IAM representation could even help Republic find AMTs to hire.
For example, the IAM has a long history and relationship with Aviation High School in New York City. The IAM supports Aviation HS and works to find jobs to it graduates. Aviation HS is known to produce some of the finest young AMTs in our nation. Click here to find out more about Aviation HS.
The bottom line is that unionizing and negotiating a legally enforceable contract will not only benefit us, it will also benefit Republic Airways management.
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IN TIME OF INDUSTRY CRISIS, IAM REACHES TENTATIVE ACCORD FOR INDUSTRY LEADING AIRCRAFT MECHANIC CONTRACT AT AIR WISCONSIN
The International Association and Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 142 last week, amid the worst global airline industry downturn in history, reached an industry best tentative agreement for mechanic and related workers at Air Wisconsin, one of the largest regional carriers in the United States.
The tentative deal includes an average wage increase of 18.4 percent, a signing bonus, maintenance base job security with no sunset clause, increases in license and crew chief premiums, many contract language improvements and wage increases beyond the amendable date of the contract.
"I congratulate IAM District 142 and the negotiating committee on a job well done in what was a long and tough negotiations," said John Werkmeister, IAM Grand Lodge Represenative and lead negotiator. "This tentative agreement keeps Air Wisconsin mechanic and related workers at the top of the regional sector, right where these hardworking and dedicated workers belong. When Republic Airways mechanic and related workers unionize with the IAM, they can expect a contract that fully recognizes their value to Republic Airways. This is especially true as the industry recovers."
The Air Wisconsin tentative accord runs through September 30, 2023 and either party can opt to open negotiations six months early.
IAM District 142 is in the process of arranging a ratification schedule. The tentative agreement can be viewed here, with changes displayed bolded text. The negotiating committee unanimously recommends ratification.
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US Airline Industry Poised for a Comeback Thanks to Airline Unions: Sign Your A-Card Today!
Over 7 million people went through TSA check points from May 28th to May 31st in the United States, the most over any four day span since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although still down from 2019 levels, airline executives and analysts are signaling the industry's recovery from the worst downturn in the history of aviation.
How did the airline industry survive when demand collapsed by approximately 90 percent because of the pandemic? Airline workers, particularly airline union members, mobilized and demanded that the US government provide the industry with support while protecting airline workers' jobs and pay rates. Because of the political pressure applied by airline workers, air carriers were not bailed out on the backs of workers. This is a perfect example of the positive gains that can be made when workers act collectively for a common purpose.
It is also a perfect example of why Republic mechanic and related workers must form a union. It is the only way to achieve a legal voice and contract that provides the fairness and equity that we deserve.
In approximately eight months we will be able to again file for a representation election, which includes groups of workers that the National Mediation Board (NMB), a federal agency, deemed to be part of the "mechanic and related class and craft."
Election authorization cards have been coming in at a steady rate and the interest in forming a union with the IAM is strong. We ask that you submit your a-card today, so we can get the 50 percent needed to again file for an election.
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