I’d like to start my report off by commending United Airlines for willingly deciding to protect the 200 or so jobs from outsourcing until 2017 that aren’t currently protected under our contract.
When United Airlines announced their intent to close the Detroit and Honolulu Reservation Centers, the IAM met with United Airlines, as required under Article 2-A paragraph 4 of the Passenger Service Agreement. At that meeting, District Lodge 141 Assistant General Chairpersons Tony Gibson, Sandy Olmos and Laura Stone requested the Company purchase computers, monitors and keyboards for the IAM members to be furloughed from the brick and mortar facilities.
At first, the Company was reluctant. But, after weeks of discussions the Company changed direction.
I’m pleased to announce, the Company agreed to provide the necessary equipment. The purchasing is due to start by the end of the year and be concluded by April, 2016. In an effort to be fair, United has also decided to reimburse all ResAnywhere employees for their computer equipment purchases.
In other positive developments, Assistant General Chairpersons Mike Quartuccio, Pat Rezler, Jorge Bonilla, Frank O’Donnell, Joe Bartz, Mike Cyscon Terry Stansbury and Arthur Croker were able to return 11 members back to work who were wrongfully terminated in the last 5 weeks. Back pay was awarded in some cases, and coupled with bypass pay several other AGC’s were able to successfully win through the grievance procedure, IAM DL 141 members received just under $100,000 in the same 5 week span.
At the 66th annual District Lodge 141 convention last month, the delegates voted to amend the bylaws of DL 141. In compliance with the provisions of our bylaws, under Article XII, a bylaw amendment requires a referendum vote of the members in order for it to be adopted. Some of these bylaws are housecleaning items, such as the addition of current airlines and companies we represent, as is called for under Article II. Others are more of an attempt to save local lodges money and make it easier for them to send attendees to Conventions and/or conferences when two or more are scheduled in short periods of time, like this year’s District 141 Convention and the Transportation Conference.
Unfortunately, after 66 years, amendments were made to certain Sections of the bylaws but not others, which can lead to contradicting provisions. For example:
- a) From 6am-8am and 6pm-8pm Local Lodge time, instead of solely at the Lodge meeting, and;
- b) All Local Lodges would conduct the vote on the same day, December 4, 2015
Sincerely and Fraternally,
District 141, President and Directing General Chairman