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IAM Brings Back Best Contracts in Airline Industry at American Airlines Worth $4.2 Billion

The IAM yesterday announced five tentative agreements for over 30,000 workers at American Airlines. The tentative deals are the best in the airline industry with the highest compensation, best scope and job protections, industry top benefits and strongest work rules.

One of the top achievements in these negotiations was the preservation of the best health insurance plans in the industry: the PPO 80 (premium share 93/7) and PPO 90 (premium share 86/14) plans. Legacy US Airways IAM members are the only group of pre-merger US Airways workers who maintained the industry’s best health insurance plans. Legacy US Airways flight attendants and legacy US Airways customer service agents conceded those plans during their post-merger contract negotiations with American Airlines.

The IAM was also successful in maintaining and improving defined-benefit pension plans for IAM-represented workers at American Airlines. The tentative deals increase defined-benefit pension plan benefits by a whopping 38%. The IAM members are the only workers to have a defined-benefit pension the carrier. The IAM was also able to negotiate a 4% 401K match on top the defined-benefit pension plan. Combined, IAM-represented workers at American Airlines have the richest retirement security in the airline industry for all classifications, excluding pilots.

Coupled with the industry’s top wages and benefits, is the airline industry’s top profit sharing formula. The IAM-TWU Association is the only union at American Airlines to negotiate such a rich profit sharing plan.

It is time that all Delta Flight Attendants sign an IAM a-card, so a representation election can be held and Delta Flight Attendants can have the backing of the most powerful airline union in the world.

For more info on the IAM’s tentative contracts at American, click here.

UNIFORM UPDATE: STREAMLINED ALTERNATIVE UNIFORM REQUEST

Since the first revelation that uniforms were causing physical distress, IAM Delta has been actively searching for solutions. We collected data and uniforms, sought federal intervention from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and opened our RASH Report intake form for redacted symptomatic information from line flight attendants.

While other people would like to take credit for causing Delta to permit flight attendants to wear alternative uniforms and change its policy, it was IAM Delta’s demand that NIOSH conduct a health hazard evaluation in April, 2019 that forced Delta to (1) continue to offer alternative uniforms as an option (in May, 2019 approximately only 80 Delta Flight Attendants were wearing “off the rack black and white,” and; (2) permit Delta Flight Attendants to wear the alternative uniforms for the long term (more than 60 days). NIOSH’s report states on page 13: 

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3. Continue to offer alternatives to the new uniform to employees who have developed symptoms and/or health effects related to wearing the new uniforms. Allow employees to use alternative uniforms on a long term basis, if symptoms resolve with this alternative. 

4. Allow employees to wear alternatives when their uniforms are being lined (or other uniform alternatives are being considered) so work schedules are not negatively impacted due to potential uniform-related health effects. 

READ THE ENTIRE REPORT HERE: https://files.constantcontact.com/…/ccf94356-df56-4708-b7b5…

Unrelenting pressure from the IAM, media outlets, and related class action legal proceedings have resulted in management announcing a streamlined approval procedure for alternative uniforms. While a recall is the preferred long-term solution, we do believe all workers should consider immediately removing suspected toxins from their environment.

Below is a one-sentence letter you can copy and paste to begin the journey back to health at work: 

TO: IFS_UniformTeam@Delta.com

Hello-

Please send approval email for black and white uniform.

Regards,

Name
Employee Number
Base

A simple request: please no symptom disclosure, no emotional plea, no embellishments. Document health changes for your physicians, and resist the urge to tell random FSMs how you feel—unrepresented flight attendants suffering the effects of uniform toxicity do not need additional management scrutiny. (To detail your individual symptoms and concerns, use the IAM Delta RASH Report. http://www.iamdelta.net/rash-report/)

Company numbers crunchers are poised to potentially pay out upwards of $10 MILLION to cover almost 25,000 flight attendants purchasing black and white—an unthinkable amount that could have been spent producing higher quality, union-made garments with a U.S.A. supply chain for “the best employees in the world.”

Until we vote to become IAM members and have tangible rights at work, act quickly, wear your black and white and your IAM pin proudly, and fly safely.

IAM-DELTA CELEBRATES DR. KING’S LIFE

“Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., October 26, 1967

"Sisters and brothers, today our nation commemorates the life and legacy of a transformational leader. In a life cut too short, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. relentlessly pursued racial equality and justice and made unforgettable gains for civil rights in this country.

Dr. King’s call for labor rights, economic fairness, and racial justice rings as true today as it ever did. We, as a labor movement, continue that fight every day."

Sito Pantoja, General Vice President

Wishing workplace organizers everywhere an active and peaceful MLK Day. Thank you for serving others!

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There’s Only One Way to Protect Our Profit Sharing: Contract

Delta today announced a $1.5 billion profit sharing payout.
CEO Ed Bastian today said that Delta will pay out approximately $1.5 billion in profit sharing this year. That’s great and Delta Flight Attendants deserve every penny we will get in this year’s payment. But, our profit sharing plan is not protected and Delta management can change it at any time for any reason. And not only can Delta management change our profit sharing plan, they have in the past.

Delta management cut our profit sharing formula twice in the recent past during a time of record setting profits, while the Delta pilots kept their profit sharing formula and shareholders received billions. What do you think will happen if our industry experiences an economic downturn?

The only way to protect our profit sharing plan as it exists today is to gain union representation with the most powerful airline union in the world, the IAM. The IAM has the power, expertise and resources to take Delta on and negotiate the industry-leading contract we deserve.

Sign or renew your IAM card today.

IAM, APFA AND TWU DEMAND FAA IMPLEMENT 10 HOUR REST FOR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) today submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demanding implementation of the 10 hours rest rule for all Flight Attendants, which has dragged on beyond the congressionally mandated timeline for implementation.

The unions representing more than 50,000 Flight Attendants, the majority of unionized Flight Attendants in the United States, and who have negotiated the best Flight Attendant contracts in both the mainline and regional sectors, pushed back on the FAA's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) as "unnecessary and an attempt to undermine the will of the American people."

"It's well past time for the FAA to stop carrying the airlines' water and get this rule implemented," said IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja. "The FAA and the carriers should do their jobs and give Flight Attendants the rest that they deserve and the rest that the American people demanded they have. When passengers board aircraft, Flight Attendants do their jobs and ensure the safety and security of the flight. It's time for the FAA and the carriers to do their jobs."

The unions stated, "Congress gave the FAA a clear mandate to enact a new minimum rest standard for flight attendants in the 2018 Reauthorization Act. This rule should be in place already and there is no rational reason for continued delay in implementing it."

Please read the full text of the comments here.

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