IAM Vote Cancelled


Sep 16, 2002
Scotty Ford is calling the locals saying the vote is
cancelled for 141M.My friend in the local called me after
getting word from our local president.
Machinists Condemn Denial of Loan Guarantee to United Airlines
Washington, D.C., December 4, 2002 –“The ATSB has miserably failed its mandate of assisting distressed airlines,†said Tom Buffenbarger, International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on the rejection of United Airlines’ application for a federal loan guarantee by the Air Transportation Stabilization Board (ATSB).
“Congress created the ATSB to assist an airline industry thrown into a financial tailspin by the 9-11 attacks,†said Robert Roach, Jr., IAM General Vice President for Transportation. “IAM members were prepared to, once again, take extraordinary measures to protect their jobs and the family’s future. But the ATSB has exceeded its statutory directive and is playing with the livelihoods of the working men and women at United Airlines.â€
IAM District 141-M, representing United’s Mechanic & Related employees, had scheduled a vote on participation in United’s recovery program for December 5, 2002. The terms being voted, as well as those previously ratified by IAM District 141 and all other labor groups, was contingent on the ATSB’s approval of United’s loan guarantee application.
“Tomorrow’s ratification was set to be a vote on United’s future,†said Buffenbarger. “We were ready to partner with United, the Union Coalition and the government to return United Airlines into the nations premier carrier. Unfortunately, the United States government walked out on that partnership. I am greatly disappointed in the President, the ATSB and all those who have turned their backs on United Airlines and its greatest asset - their employees.â€
“As a result of the ATSB’s irresponsible actions,†said Buffenbarger, “a vote on the current recovery package would be pointless, and has been canceled.â€
The International Association of Machinists represents over 37,000 United Airlines employees in the Ramp& Stores, Mechanic & Related, Public Contact, Food Service and Security employees. For more information about the Machinists Union, go to www.goiam.org.