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


Find your union contract under the “Current Contracts” tab.  Read your contract and be familiar with its terms; in it you will find information regarding mandatory overtime, work rules, pay guidelines, holiday, DAT and shift trade information, benefit information and much, much more.

Support your fellow union brothers and sisters, and work with each other, not against each other.  Together we are stronger!

Your Union Committee members and Union Shop Stewards are here to help and are your first point of contact when you are experiencing an issue with management or a co-worker.  You will find your airline Committee member’s phone numbers under the “Grievance Committee” tab on this website; in addition, a list of Union Shop Stewards for both above- and below-the-wing can be found under the “Shop Stewards” tab.

Should the occasion arise, do not, under any circumstances, meet with management without a Union steward present; a steward will ensure that management is adhering to your contract.

Attend a monthly meeting at your Local Lodge.  The dates and times for our LL1886 monthly meetings are accessed by clicking on the “2021 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 Union brothers and sisters and to learn how a Union functions.  Hope to see you there!

Sign up for iMail, the IAM’s twice-weekly e-newsletter at for the latest IAM news, stories, videos, photographs and information regarding IAM events.

Know SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) and work safe.

Give yourself a break.  Sure, you’re busy but you need that 15-minute break or 30-minute lunch to eat, drink and take a breather from the action.  If you are unable to take your lunch, then make sure you are getting paid for it.  Reference Article 4, A., #9 (page 4-3) in your PCE contract which outlines your options.


Did You Know?

Regarding Meal Periods: PCE Contract, Article 4, letter A., #9.b. (PAGE 4-3) states “Part-time shifts entitled to a meal period will have the meal period scheduled as close to the mid-point of the shift as operationally possible.”
What does this mean?  If your first task is lunch, either get it changed or get paid for it.

Regarding management doing our work:  Article 10, letter S (page 10-10) states “Passenger Service work will be performed by employees covered by this Agreement.  Supervisors and Managers should not perform Passenger Service work, except for incidental or occasional performance of such work to ensure the integrity of the operation.  The Company and Union intend this to be limited to unique, unforeseeable, emergency, or other critical and safetyrelated situations, and that any such work performed be nonrepetitive, short in duration and operationally critical, and where no hourly-rated employee could reasonably be anticipated to perform the task.”
What does this mean?  If management is doing CS work, ask them to stop, and then file a grievance with a shop steward.



What Is A Labor 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. (

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



Location of your Local Lodge 1886