Letter To The Membership

700UW

Corn Field
Nov 11, 2003
37,637
19,488
NC
October 18, 2005

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

US Airways’ second bankruptcy is behind us and the integration with America West Airlines (AWA) lies ahead. The merger provides both challenges and opportunities for the IAM and our members, but I know we are up to the task.

We will be facing complicated operational and integration issues in the months ahead. The IAM is committed to resolving all issues in a fair and equitable manner.

On September 30, 2005, the IAM filed a petition asking the National Mediation Board (NMB) to declare the merged carrier a single transportation system. The Machinists Union did not want the newly merged company whipsawing employees of one carrier against the other. When the NMB declares the newly merged entity to be a single carrier, the IAM expects to be certified the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the entire class and craft of Mechanic & Related employees of the merged carrier.

The Machinists Union is negotiating a transition agreement to bridge any inequities between the IAM-US Airways and Teamster-AWA agreements. Since the US Airways agreement will be the surviving agreement following integration of the airlines, America West employees will be brought up to the level of wages, benefits and job security contained in the IAM agreement.

The Teamsters are misinforming both America West and US Airways employees by saying that if they are successful in forcing a representation election and win certification for the Mechanic & Related employees at the newly merged carrier that the current IAM agreement with US Airways would not survive. This is false.

The consistent and unshaken policy of the NMB since 1934 has been “when there is an agreement in effect between a carrier and its employees signed by one set of representatives and the employees choose new representatives who are certified by the Board, the Board has taken the position that a change in representation does not alter or cancel any existing agreement made in behalf of the employees by their previous representatives.â€￾

This policy has been uniformly applied by the NMB and upheld by the courts. Therefore, even if the Teamsters manage to obtain a showing of interest from 35% of the combined unit, and even if they managed to win an election that secured votes in favor of representation by 50% plus one of the total unit (including furloughed employees with recall rights and employees on a leave of absence), the IAM contract would still survive a change in representation.

Don't be misled by Teamster representatives who are making promises to US Airways employees that they couldn’t deliver at America West. Even after two bankruptcies, your IAM-US Airways agreement is far superior to the Teamster agreement with the financially healthy America West.

For example, the Teamster’s weak scope clause has allowed America West to outsource its heavy maintenance work to El Salvador. Under the US Airways-IAM contract, that work will be brought in-house and create hundreds of additional job opportunities.

If the Teamsters force an election and less than 50 percent of all eligible voters participate, including employees on leaves of absence or furlough at either carrier, there will be no union representation for the Mechanic & Related craft on the merged carrier, no contract to enforce and no limit to the employment terms the company can impose.

The IAM has represented the US Airways membership since 1949. We know that US Airways is the cumulative product of many airline mergers and the integration of numerous collective bargaining agreements into a strong single agreement for all of the single carrier's employees. While achieving these integration agreements was difficult, in the end the membership benefited and saw positive results.

In the Piedmont Airlines Merger, the IAM Mechanic & Related employees were transitioned into the US Airways agreement. As a result, they received an increase in pay and benefits along with the hiring of many new mechanics to accomplish the work that their scope did not cover.

In the PSA Merger, the former Teamster Mechanic & Related employees received a major increase in pay and benefits after transitioning into the IAM agreement, which also included credited service with PSA from date of entering the classification regardless of whether or not they were vested in the Teamster Pension Plan.

Remember, as we said in our letter of September 26, 2005, the IAM's policy is for integration of seniority based on date of hire into the classification. It is now, and has always been, the fairest way to treat workers.

Sincerely,

William O'Driscoll
PRESIDENT-DIRECTING
GENERAL CHAIRPERSON
 
The AWA mechanics will be brought UP to USairways wages, benefits and job security. After looking at the IAM contract that is in effect till 2009, your wages are lower and have less benefits.
 
Read this letter carefully IAM members and educate yourself. Don't believe every thing that the IAM is saying. They have resorted to lies and misinformation. Mr. 700 is cultivating the un-true information. All I am saying is be careful. Good Luck.
 
More lies and scare tactics from your IAM leaders.....

1. Teamsters ARE NOT telling anyone that if the they are declared the representing union that the current IAM agreement would not survive, but that a new agreement would be negotiated and VOTED on by the whole.

2. America West mechanics have better top out pay and benefits than that of thier USAir counterparts.

3. It was most definetly NOT the "weak scope clause" that allowed AWA to outsorce heavy mx to El Salvador. That work was outsourced BEFORE the Teamsters were certified and is probably the largest reason AWA has any union.

4. Under a IAM agreement the heavy MX would not be automatically brought in house. That would have to be negotiated and VOTED on by the whole regardless of who is the representative. Should the IAM win representation for the combined mechanics and related, IAM has the right to and should commit to negotiating a new agreement for all to include the concessions the USAir mechanics and related lost in the bankruptcies. The IAM has stated they only plan on negotiating the AWA mechanics under the current bankrupty agreement that won't be amendable until 2009.

SO, BOTH the IAM and the Teamsters are offering the combined unit DOH seniority and there won't be any change to the scope of either current contract until a new agreement is ratified by the membership. Listen to what the officials of each union are saying, sign a card to force and election, and make an educated decision on which union is committed to the health and welfare of the combined membership, the vote accordingly. Don't be scared off by the IAM's repeated threat of 50% plus 1, there are 2800 plus active members in the combined unit, more than the 50% plus 1....
 
I would like to know how the IAM thinks the agreement they have will be the surviving document.

Lets put aside which union represents.

US Airways is not the surviving company. AWA is the surviving company with a name change.

This is the legal version, not the fanstasy version produced by 700 and the IAM.

It amazes me how arrogant they are.. There are no guarantee's and you can bet your
house that Dougie and Company have no intention of bringing in any work.. This was
made clear by the company issuing a statement following Frank and Bills announcement
to the media that PIT will get all the work, they will hire back 500 - 800 technicians and
there is no doubt about it.

Its all speculation at this point.. Playing right into Dougie's hands.
 
There are no guarantee's and you can bet your
house that Dougie and Company have no intention of bringing in any work.. This was
made clear by the company issuing a statement following Frank and Bills announcement
to the media that PIT will get all the work, they will hire back 500 - 800 technicians and
there is no doubt about it.
do you remember the part where bill said doug and friends weren't very happy about the 's' checks in house??
well remember,jerry glass and company lost to the IAM over outsourcing.....i'm willing to bet it all that they and dougie's legal guys are looking at every angle under the sun...
round two???
sometimes you win the battle but later on lose the war.
 
What a pile of BS - they meant to say bring my wages and benefits DOWN to the IAM level.


Having been IAM before I would stand a better chance of keeping my job with out the a union than I would with the IAM. I have experienced thier representationd before and NO THANKS for a return to it if I can help it.

During the last 7 years of Teamster representation we have seen the number of jobs increase 3 fold, IAM can never say that - if they are so superior why are they being tared and feathered on thier way out to the curb at the other airlines.

SIGN a Card for TEAMSTER representation - SECURE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE - do your own research and make up your own mind instead of listening to all the BS on here (mine included) - THEN VOTE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU - IT IS USE YOUR CAREER AND LIVELYHOOD
 
SIGN a Card for TEAMSTER representation - SECURE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE - do your own research and make up your own mind instead of listening to all the BS on here (mine included) - THEN VOTE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU - IT IS USE YOUR CAREER AND LIVELYHOOD
If I were an IAM M&R employee right now, this would be the statement I would pay the most attention to. If you dare to listen to the rhetoric on this board and use it for your back-up to your future decisions, then you will regret your actions again.
As much as the company was pushing their plan to benefit the most, that is as much as the IAM will push to get you to push for them.
If I have learned one thing reading and debating on this board, it is that the IAM has people on their negotiating side that use the same forked-tongue talk that the company has. They twist words and back-pedal and rephrase as much as the next guy, only to win an argument.
Trust me, I pay attention.
Pay attention to this statement!
 
During the last 7 years of Teamster representation we have seen the number of jobs increase 3 fold, IAM can never say that - if they are so superior why are they being tared and feathered on thier way out to the curb at the other airlines.
Correct me if I'm wrong here but the increase in the mechanic jobs was a direct result of the FAA telling management to get control of the maintenance or they would revoke the operating certificate? Wasn't just about all of the maint. outsourced?

As far as the unions go they are both lying. They will do anything for your dues money. Both will sell you out to management if it keeps the dues comming in. The End
 
IAM sold 28 fleet service cities down the drain in there last contract.
all gone to contracters instead od putting the october 2004 proposal
out foe vote.
 
If you fill out your cards and insist on a representation election you will have the best possible chance to enhance your pay and working conditions IMO.

I totally agree...without a union you'll be on Oprah telling about how you were screwed by an airline...with a union you'll be on Montell dealing with your fears of how you can be screwed by an airline.
 
October 18, 2005

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

US Airways’ second bankruptcy is behind us and the integration with America West Airlines (AWA) lies ahead. The merger provides both challenges and opportunities for the IAM and our members, but I know we are up to the task.

We will be facing complicated operational and integration issues in the months ahead. The IAM is committed to resolving all issues in a fair and equitable manner.

On September 30, 2005, the IAM filed a petition asking the National Mediation Board (NMB) to declare the merged carrier a single transportation system. The Machinists Union did not want the newly merged company whipsawing employees of one carrier against the other. When the NMB declares the newly merged entity to be a single carrier, the IAM expects to be certified the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the entire class and craft of Mechanic & Related employees of the merged carrier.

The Machinists Union is negotiating a transition agreement to bridge any inequities between the IAM-US Airways and Teamster-AWA agreements. Since the US Airways agreement will be the surviving agreement following integration of the airlines, America West employees will be brought up to the level of wages, benefits and job security contained in the IAM agreement.

The Teamsters are misinforming both America West and US Airways employees by saying that if they are successful in forcing a representation election and win certification for the Mechanic & Related employees at the newly merged carrier that the current IAM agreement with US Airways would not survive. This is false.

The consistent and unshaken policy of the NMB since 1934 has been “when there is an agreement in effect between a carrier and its employees signed by one set of representatives and the employees choose new representatives who are certified by the Board, the Board has taken the position that a change in representation does not alter or cancel any existing agreement made in behalf of the employees by their previous representatives.â€

This policy has been uniformly applied by the NMB and upheld by the courts. Therefore, even if the Teamsters manage to obtain a showing of interest from 35% of the combined unit, and even if they managed to win an election that secured votes in favor of representation by 50% plus one of the total unit (including furloughed employees with recall rights and employees on a leave of absence), the IAM contract would still survive a change in representation.

Don't be misled by Teamster representatives who are making promises to US Airways employees that they couldn’t deliver at America West. Even after two bankruptcies, your IAM-US Airways agreement is far superior to the Teamster agreement with the financially healthy America West.

For example, the Teamster’s weak scope clause has allowed America West to outsource its heavy maintenance work to El Salvador. Under the US Airways-IAM contract, that work will be brought in-house and create hundreds of additional job opportunities.

If the Teamsters force an election and less than 50 percent of all eligible voters participate, including employees on leaves of absence or furlough at either carrier, there will be no union representation for the Mechanic & Related craft on the merged carrier, no contract to enforce and no limit to the employment terms the company can impose.

The IAM has represented the US Airways membership since 1949. We know that US Airways is the cumulative product of many airline mergers and the integration of numerous collective bargaining agreements into a strong single agreement for all of the single carrier's employees. While achieving these integration agreements was difficult, in the end the membership benefited and saw positive results.

In the Piedmont Airlines Merger, the IAM Mechanic & Related employees were transitioned into the US Airways agreement. As a result, they received an increase in pay and benefits along with the hiring of many new mechanics to accomplish the work that their scope did not cover.

In the PSA Merger, the former Teamster Mechanic & Related employees received a major increase in pay and benefits after transitioning into the IAM agreement, which also included credited service with PSA from date of entering the classification regardless of whether or not they were vested in the Teamster Pension Plan.

Remember, as we said in our letter of September 26, 2005, the IAM's policy is for integration of seniority based on date of hire into the classification. It is now, and has always been, the fairest way to treat workers.

Sincerely,

William O'Driscoll
PRESIDENT-DIRECTING
GENERAL CHAIRPERSON

When certified by the National Mediation Board (NMB) as your representative, the Teamsters Union (IBT) will protect and retain all heavy maintenance performed in-house by US Airways. The IBT will negotiate a new
agreement for the integrated workforce that protects your SCOPE (job protection) and brings as much outsourced maintenance in-house as possible in the future. Consider these facts:

• By law, the company has to abide by the
provisions of both the existing Teamster
and IAM agreements until such time as
your certified representative negotiates a
new amalgamated agreement with the
merged airline. Furthermore, the Teamster
Constitution requires that agreement to
be voted on and ratified by you;
• The US Airways contract provides
SCOPE protections that cannot be changed
by the company unless your bargaining
representative negotiates such changes.
The Teamsters have no intention of
negotiating this language away under
any circumstances;
• The outsourcing of America West Airlines
(AWA) heavy maintenance took place in
1995, prior to the Teamsters being certified
as the AWA mechanics’ representative.
In fact, In fact, AWA fired 500 mechanics
and outsourced heavy maintenance in
a futile attempt to break the Teamster
organizing drive;
• Relentless legal pressure by the
Teamsters resulted in a decision by the
NMB—which was upheld multiple times
in federal court—that granted the 500
fired mechanics the right to vote in the
successful election that
resulted in Teamster
representation. The
Teamsters then
negotiated preferential
rehire rights for the 500
fired mechanics, and all
of the 500 mechanics
who wished to return are
once again employed by AWA as mechanics;
• Article II-SCOPE of the current AWA agreement
states that all maintenance work performed
in-house by Teamster mechanics
shall remain in-house and be performed
by Teamster mechanics. Management is
prohibited from subcontracting; this has
been tested and upheld through the
grievance procedure; and
• Together we have an opportunity to return
to the bargaining table and negotiate a
new agreement for the combined group
once the NMB determines who your bargaining
representative is. By protecting and
retaining your existing US Airways SCOPE
language, expanding the AWA SCOPE
language and negotiating the return of as
much outsourced maintenance as possible,
we will strengthen the entire membership—
active and furloughed.
Get the facts and expect more
from your union!
Sign a Teamster Authorization
Card today.
For more information,
call Andy Marshall
(602) 524-1277 or visit
www.teamsterairmechanics.org.
US Airways Mechanics:
It’s About Job Security!

Lets look at what both sides have to say. not the rants of one.