Newcomers Page

Welcome to the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW); District Lodge 141; and your Local Lodge 1886!


For more information about what it means to be in a union, please scroll down.

 

 

Know your contract and what your job is and is not.  Do not perform work that is not your own.

 

 

Per company management, it is Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to have 2 (two) gate-qualified agents working a flight.  Make sure the company adheres to their SOP.

 

 

Article 4. A. 6. outlines Work Rest Periods rules and Article 4.A.9. defines Meal Period rules.  Take your breaks and lunches!  We all need that 15-minute break or 30-minute lunch to nourish ourselves, hydrate ourselves and take a mental and physical break from the action.

If you are working at the Customer Service Center, “buddy up” with the person sitting next to you and relieve each other for breaks and lunch; if you’re working the ticket counter or baggage service, let your co-worker know that you are going to break or lunch and then GO!  Gate agents, take advantage of any downtime and give yourself 15/30 minutes to decompress.

We all like to help the customer but we can’t help the customer if our stomachs are growling, our throat is parched, or we just are mentally checking out.  Let’s take care of ourselves and each other so we can take care of our customers.

 

 

Location of your Local Lodge 1886

 

Things to keep in mind:

  • Read and know your contract!!  This cannot be stressed enough.  Support your fellow union brothers and sisters; work with each other not against each other.  Together we are stronger!
  • Your Union committee members and shop stewards are here to help and are your first point of contact when confronting an issue with co-workers or management.  Please reach out to them with any questions and/or concerns.
  • You will find your Committee member’s phone numbers for your airline under the “Grievance Committee” tab on this website.
  • In addition, a list of Union Shop Stewards for both above- and below-the-wing may be found by clicking on the “Member Services” tab.  (Should the occasion arise, do not, under any circumstances, meet with management without a Union steward; a steward will ensure that management is adhering to your contract.)
  • All union contracts are located under the “Current Contracts” tab should you need to reference work rules, pay guidelines, holiday and DAT information, benefit information or any other concerns/questions you may have.
  • The dates and times for our LL1886 2019 meetings are accessed by clicking on the “2019 Union Meetings” tab on this website’s Welcome page.  Your attendance is encouraged and welcomed and is a great opportunity for you to meet your Union Committee persons, your Union Shop Stewards, your fellow employees and to learn how a Union functions.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

What Is A Labor Union?36 Reasons to Thank a Union

A labor or trade union is an organization of workers dedicated to protecting members’ interests and improving wages, hours and working conditions for all. (https://www.unionplus.org)

Who are Union Members?

There are over 60 unions representing over 14 million workers throughout the country.

Benefits of Belonging to a Union

Higher pay, better benefits, and a voice on the job.

How do Unions Work?

Unions work like a democracy.  They hold elections for officers who make decisions on behalf of members, giving workers more power on the job.

36 Reasons to Thank a Union (Even if You Don’t Belong to One)
June 22, 2011 by Daniel Nichols

  1. Weekends
  2. All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  3. Paid Vacation
  4. FMLA
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum Wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  9. 8-Hour Work Day
  10. Overtime Pay
  11. Child Labor Laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40 Hour Work Week
  14. Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  15. Unemployment Insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  18. Employer Health Care Insurance
  19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  20. Wrongful Termination Laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  22. Whistleblower Protection Laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  26. Sexual Harassment Laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday Pay
  29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  30. Privacy Rights
  31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  32. Military Leave
  33. The Right to Strike
  34. Public Education for Children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States