National Airlines Flight Attendants Vote Overwhelmingly to Join the IAM

National Airlines Flight Attendants are officially joining the largest and most powerful airline union in the world.

The Flight Attendants sought out IAM representation, citing a lack of respect from National Airlines management, poor work rules and sub-standard pay and benefits.

“We could not be more excited to welcome National Airlines Flight Attendants into the IAM,” said Richard Johnsen, IAM Chief of Staff to the International President. “We will use every resource available to ensure they secure a strong first contract that addresses their workplace issues.”

“Our thanks go out to Grand Lodge Representative Joe Stassi for his hard work and determination through this successful campaign, along with the lead organizers in the Flight Attendant group,” said IAM Transportation Coordinator Edison Fraser. “Today, National Airlines Flight Attendants no longer stand alone. They now have the support of 600,000 IAM members from across North America.”

The National Mediation Board mail-ballot election took place between December 16, 2021 and January 20, 2022. The final tally was held on January 20.

The IAM is the largest airline union in North America, representing over 100,000 airline workers.

National Airlines, an Orlando-based carrier, has supported industry and governments, aided military forces and provided subsistence logistics solutions to some of the most remote global locations. National Airlines has grown from a small, regional U.S. cargo airline, to one of the world’s leading air cargo carriers, and ultimately into a passenger airline.

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IAM Urges U.S. Labor Department to Protect Maine Loggers

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh seeking his immediate assistance to obtain actual enforcement on the use of Canadian loggers under the I-l2A immigration system.

The letter details how the IAM has been working with Maine’s hard-working and highly-skilled loggers for years to help them bargain collectively and stop depressing wages in the industry. The situation is so dire that it has forced U.S. workers to give up altogether and leave the logging industry in the region.

“When we started this campaign three years ago, we were faced with a large group of workers that had been turned into independent contractors while still being completely directed at every step of the day by landowners,” wrote Martinez. “Since that time, we have moved on to another concern; one that I thought would be very easy to accomplish but has proven to be a much more difficult task: the illegal use of H2A drivers in the logging industry. As you know, H2A workers are only supposed to be utilized if they do not affect the wages or working conditions of U.S. workers. Our national union representatives and Maine Senate President Troy Jackson have met with hundreds of workers and have been out in the harvesting areas of northern Maine to witness firsthand the abuse of these workers. All of this is the result of violations of federal cabotage laws or point-to-point hauling in the United States.”

“The IAM urges the Department of Labor to enforce the law and protect the U.S. workers in Maine’s logging industry,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Brian Bryant. “The IAM Eastern Territory remains committed to providing every resource possible to protect Maine loggers. We hope this matter is reviewed swiftly and puts the proper enforcement in place. The IAM will fight to ensure justice is served.”

Read the full letter here.

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Register Now for the 2022 Midwest Territory Kourpias K-9 Classic Motorcycle Ride

Join fellow riders and Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines supporters from July 17-19, 2022 for the approximately 750-mile motorcycle ride in Deadwood, SD. The three-day event  will be hosted by the IAM Midwest Territory.

The fundraiser benefits Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines, whose mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs.

Register for the ride today.

As a shift from previous years, this year’s Kourpias ride will consist of day trips which will start and end at the Cadillac Jacks Gaming Resort in Deadwood each day. Riders can elect to do each day’s ride or one or more days of the ride. Routes include runs through Devil’s Tower, Badlands National Park, Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, and more.  

If you don’t ride a motorcycle, ATV and jeep rentals are also available. See rental rates here .

If you aren’t riding and still want to support the 2022 Kourpias K-9 Classic, you can sponsor a person for each mile they ride, donate to your favorite rider, or simply donate to the cause.

Sponsor a rider, or donate to the cause

“Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines has always been the IAM’s favorite charity and this year the Midwest Territory has the honor of hosting the annual Kourpias Classic motorcycle ride,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “The fundraiser is named after the late IAM International President George Kourpias, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, who initiated into then-IAM Local 1637 here in the Midwest Territory. So we’re especially excited to make this year’s event unique and special. I encourage all Machinists to contribute in any way they can so we can continue to make a difference to those in need.”

George Kourpias guided the IAM through some of our union’s most challenging times with dignity and grace. He was just as passionate about raising money for Guide Dogs of America. No matter the role, Kourpias always gave everything he had, which is why this ride was created to honor his memory and contribute to one of his favorite charities.

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