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      There is new information available regarding the August 26 lump sum payout.

      Southwest Airlines’ pilots picket outside of Dallas Love Field

      Hundreds of Southwest Airlines pilots picketed at Dallas Love Field on Wednesday as the pilots have been without a contract since 2012. The informational picket, organized by the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, occurred as the union continues contract negotiations with the Dallas-based carrier.

      TWU Reaches First Contract for Virgin America Flight Attendants

      Dallas – The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU) is pleased to announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with Virgin America on behalf of its flight attendants.

      Flight Attendants at United Ratify New Contract

      This week, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) at United Airlines voted to ratify a new contract, which provides immediate economic gains, sets a new industry standard and ensures flight attendants can achieve the benefits of a fully integrated airline.

      American LOAs and Transition Agreements Now Available to View

      As previously communicated last Friday, the TWU-IAM Association and American Airlines reached an interim wage agreement to provide Association members wage and pension increases and job security enhancements while we continue negotiating joint collective bargaining agreements.
      Download: Association American LOAs and Transition Agreements Now Available to View .pdf

      See the Joint Negotiations Website for updates:

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      One Apprentice at a Time, Chicago Local 701 is Rebuilding the Middle Class

      IAM Automobile Mechanics’ Local 701 has found the formula to combating our nation’s skills gap problem, rebuilding America’s middle class, and realizing the “American Dream,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber during the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s (FMCS) recent Future at Work Conference in Chicago.

      And it is IAM Local 701’s Education and Training Center.

      Auto ShopThe fruit of a unique partnership between FMCS, the IAM and employers, the Local 701 Training Center was the main focus of a panel on how FMCS funding was used to help create the state-of-the-art automotive apprenticeship training program, located in Carol Stream, IL. FMCS is an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation.

      Gruber was joined on the panel by Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli, IAM Safety and Health and Apprenticeship Program Director Jim Reid, Local 701 Education and Training Center Director/Lead Instructor Louie Longhi, and apprentice Symon Krolak.

      “The truth is: the middle class is shrinking,” said Gruber. “I think it’s safe to say that everyone in this room knows that. The idea of the ‘American Dream’ is increasingly becoming just that – a dream.”

      “Part of the problem is a lack of good-paying jobs,” continued Gruber. “Yes, we live in an era where employers would much rather pay a worker $2 an hour to make their product in Mexico or China, than to support workers here in their home country.

      “But the other part of the problem is – skills. Or, a lack thereof. For years, we’ve been telling our children that to make it in life you have to finish high school and get a four-year degree. In hindsight, what we have learned is, that was a huge mistake to our future workforce and to our country. The truth is jobs that require a four-year degree today make up less than half of the job market.”

      Seeing the problem early on in the automotive field, Cicinelli said he started pushing for an IAM-owned automotive training center. One that could train apprentices of today – and tomorrow.

      “The greatest challenge in creating the school was the funding mechanism,” said Cicinelli, who after years of negotiations was able to secure a “nickel fund” in which participating employers donated 5 cents for every hour worked. “That’s when GVP Gruber put us in contact with Reid, who assisted us in securing an $80k grant from FMCS. That catapulted us into opening up the program one year sooner.”

      The school has experienced great success – participating employers have tripled, nearly 400 courses have been taught, and the program is still in its growing stages with plans for expansion.

      “When we wrote the grant in 2011, there were 60 employers donating to the fund out of over 500,” said Reid, who gave tips on how to write a successful FMCS grant application. “When we just did a recent grant application, there were 310. So within five years, it’s grown by 500 percent of the number of employers participating.”

      Community colleges and for-profit trade schools are just not enough, said Longhi.

      And plus, there are some key differences when comparing those programs to Local 701.

      “A lot of the other schools’ programs are for about 13 months – their students are usually rushed,” said Longhi. “I actually have graduates coming from those schools asking and applying to come our school. And I ask them why? They found out they didn’t learn enough.”

      “At the IAM Local 701 Education and Training Center,” continued Longhi, “we have smaller class sizes and our program lasts for about three years for automotive and four years for auto and diesel. Also, our students do not pay tuition and we put our apprentices to work after their first class.”

      “It’s a great opportunity,” said Krolak, who is currently a third-year apprentice at Chicago Northside Toyota. “There’s two other automotive schools here in Chicago. They’re $45k. I have a mortgage. There’s no way I could afford to put my family in $45k worth of debt. At Local 701, I’ve gotten a lifetime’s worth of experience for basically promising that I will be an IAM member. And I will – for the rest of my life.”

      International studies suggest that for every dollar spent on apprenticeships, employers get an average of $1.47 back in increased productivity, reduced waste and greater front-line innovation.

      FMCS grants are available to labor-management partnerships aimed at defining and confronting workplace problems and developing long-term solutions. Stay tuned for 2017 application information here.

      See photos of the training center here.

      83% of Registered Black Women Support Equal Pay, and They Vote

      Equal Pay

      Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It’s almost September, and black women, who earn just 66 cents to the dollar of white men, have hit the point in the year when their earnings, added to last year’s, match what their white male counterparts made in 2015. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wages of black women compared with white women are falling further behind.

      Let’s not forget that our Latina sisters still have to work over two more months before they reach their equal pay day on Nov. 1.

      Wage disparities have a negative effect that spans generations, creating a cycle of poverty and inequality. Working just as hard, if not harder, while earning less is not only unjust, it represents another barrier to being able to take care of our families, afford quality child care, pay off student loans and purchase a home or car.

      Contrary to what Donald Trump believes, there is a lot to lose this election cycle. Black women vote at higher rates than any other population, making their voice louder and their vote more decisive.

      So, politicians, listen up. If you want to earn black women’s votes, you have to address the issues that matter, such as equal pay and a livable wage. Any candidate running for office must put forth an agenda and a plan that will help level the playing field for black women and all women.

      In 2012, black women turned out at a higher rate overall. They were responsible for President Barack Obama’s win in three key states: Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where their support made a difference of 7, 8 and 6 percentage points, respectively.

      It’s important that black women not only vote, but vote down ballot. Ignoring smaller races leaves power on the table—power that no woman can afford to give up.

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