THE TRUTH ABOUT FIRST CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
When our representation election is granted and our voting period begins, we are undoubtedly going to hear many misrepresentations and untruths by Republic management and their law firm, Ford and Harrison, regarding first contract negotiations.They will say things like, “negotiations could take years, the IAM can’t guarantee anything or we could even lose things that we have today.”
The truth is we will start negotiations from where we are today and will go forward. Upon certification we will immediately notify the Republic management and the NMB of our desire to expeditiously enter into negotiations to successfully obtain the first agreement we have earned and deserve. For the first time, we will have a voice and vote regarding our terms of employment.
There is not one example of any IAM first contract in the airline industry that has gone backwards. That is because when the workforce is unified for the singular goal of achieving a fair contract, we have the power to achieve such a contract. Also, federal law mandates that management negotiate in “good faith.” The definition of “good faith” as it pertains to negotiations under federal law means to deal honestly and fairly with one another so that each party will receive the benefits of a negotiated contract. It doesn’t mean to lose things in negotiations.
Don’t fall for the upcoming management scare tactics. Management does not want us to unionize because they know that if we do, we will gain power that we currently do not possess.
If we remain unified, we will gain power and fairness on the job.
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IAM OFFICIALLY SUBMITS CHALLENGES TO REPUBLIC MANAGEMENT'S INFLATED VOTER ELIGIBILITY LIST
The IAM yesterday officially filed its “challenges and objections “ to the voter eligibility list that Republic Airways management provided to the National Mediation Board (NMB). In its filing, the IAM stated that “in what appears to be an effort to thwart the will of its employees, [Republic management] has submitted a list padded by numerous classifications of employees who do not belong in the Mechanic and Related craft or class.”
The filing, prepared by IAM attorneys, includes company documents, sworn declarations and previous NMB case law and clearly supports our position that we have more than the required 50 percent of signed election authorizations from Republic Mechanic and Related workers to conduct an election.
Republic management’s strategy all along has been to do everything in its power to delay or derail our right to vote in a union representation election. Why else would they include supervisors as eligible voters when they fully know that management employees are not eligible to vote in union elections? They believe that the more time passes we will become discouraged and that will play to their favor.
Republic management will now be given a period of time to respond to the IAM’s challenges and objections. The time span is usually two weeks. However, once we have official communication from the NMB regarding the period of time the company has to respond, we will communicate that to you.
We must be resolute and see this process through. This is about respecting our profession and obtaining a contract that protects our jobs and our collective future. We must have the legal right to sit across the table from the company and demand our true worth. We can only do that by forming a union and attaining the rights that are associated with unionization. Otherwise, Republic management will continue to have all the power.
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IAM FINALIZING AND EXPECTED TO FILE CHALLENGES TO INFLATED VOTER ELIGIBILITY LIST
The IAM is finalizing its challenges to the inflated voter eligibility list submitted to the National Mediation Board (NMB) by Republic Airways management last month. The legal challenges are expected to be filed in the coming days.
To delay Republic Airways AMT’s right to vote for IAM representation, Republic management, directed by high-priced law firm Ford and Harrison, the most country’s most notorious anti workers’ rights law firm, inflated the list of workers included in the mechanic and related classification. Management included workers they know, such as supervisors and clerical employees, that are not part of the AMT group solely to delay our right to vote.
The legal challenges that the IAM will put forth are very detailed and take time to put together. IAM attorneys spent many hours reviewing documents, drafting legal submissions and interviewing employees to ensure that Republic management’s scheme is not successful.
Republic AMT’s campaign for IAM representation is a little over a year old now and the IAM is doing all that it can to ensure that Republic AMTs obtain the right to vote in a representation election. Republic management is doing everything that it can to ensure to take away our right to vote.
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