- Aug 30, 2002
Reguardless if you voted yes or no, you have to be frustrated on the negotiating tactics of the IAM.We have seen over and over how the IAM keeps its members in the dark until the negotiating is over and then throws it down and tells us to vote on it.Do you want this group to negotiate your next contract? These people went to their all important IAM convention during the most important week of negotiations in this airlines history.Do you want to go through another contract negotiation without knowing what is being negotiated for and negotiated away? Do you want a union that fights to keep you grouped as un-skilled labor? The IAM at United Airlines petitioned the National Labor Relation Board that a substantial number of ramp serviceman and customer service agents predominately preform recognized Mechanic and related duties.Therefore they argued that such employees are eligible to participate in any election among the carriers Mechanics and related employees class or craft.They also argued that employees covered by the two agreements perform interelated and mutually dependent duties and are related in talents and interest. AMFA took the position that the classification of employees constitute an appropriate craft or class of employees for representation purposes and objected to the inclusion of other classifications as contended by the IAM. The decision is yours! At NorthWest the mechanics knew what was on the table during the whole negotiating process, how can this be worst than being kept in the dark! If we dont make a change now I believe there is nothing the IAM can do to us to get us to vote them out!Please take the time to send in a AMFA card.Good luck to all!