Former Teamsters Choose IAM at Luke Air Force Base

Former Teamster members choose IAM representation at Luke Air Force base.

Former Teamster members choose IAM representation at Luke Air Force base.

Four former IBT bargaining units at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ voted “YES” for IAM representation with the IAM garnering 80 percent of the vote.  The former Teamster members decertified the IBT in 2009 after enduring poor representation, especially the lack of expertise in the Service Contract Act (SCA) area.

The 82 employees work for four separate companies at the base, L-3 Vertex, the primary contractor, and three sub-contractors; AVPOL, NFFM (Northwest Florida Facilities Management) and ORASA. The new members are primarily aircraft mechanics and workers on F-16 Fighter Jets. CLICK TO READ MORE

Teamster Corruption Squanders Dues Money

The Teamsters spend $3 million in dues money for internal and external supervision stemming from federal racketeering charges.

The Teamsters spend approximately $3 million per year of members’ dues money for internal and external supervision due to federal racketeering charges brought on by criminal activities relating to internal elections.

The Teamsters have a long history of corruption and criminal activity dating back to 1903, with infiltration by mafia criminal syndicates. This type of corruption continued and reached an apex in the 1950’s and culminated in US Department of Justice and congressional investigations into the labor movement. In fact, these scandals led to legislative action to regulate the labor movement and spurred the passage of the restrictive Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, otherwise know as the Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959.

Teamster corruption reached such epic proportions that the union was ejected from the AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation in the United States, because it was feared that the scandals would lead to harsher regulation of organized labor and cripple the labor movement.

Sadly, Teamster corruption continues to this very day and the cost is borne by Teamster dues paying members.

Please click here to read for yourself how the Teamsters spend $3 million per year of dues money for oversight.

Democracy, Transparency, Accountability and Service

In the IAM, the membership leads through democratic participation.

There is little doubt that when you compare the IAM with other unions, especially the Teamsters, the IAM is a more democratic and transparent union that values accountability and service to its members.

In the IAM, representatives–from local shop-stewards to the International President–are elected by the rank-n-file membership. IAM US Airways members are in local lodges comprised of air transport workers and are generally located in close proximity to IAM members’ workplaces.

This type of democratic and participatory structure leads to transparency, accountability and superior service to the membership.

The Teamsters, in stark contrast, disenfranchaise workers by placing them in very large local unions that are controlled by local union bosses from other industries and companies. These bosses often appoint their political cronies to leadership positions, paid for by rank-in-file dues paying members who have little or no chance of having a representative from their workgroup/craft as their advocate.

A case in point is the experience of the United Airlines Mechanics from San Francisco.

The United Mechanics ousted AMFA in 2008 in favor of the Teamsters. When the National Mediation Board certified the Teamsters as their authorized representative, the United SFO Mechanics were split in half and placed in two separate locals. This underhanded, politically motivated act ensured that the United Mechanics would remain a poltical minority in any of the Teamster locals they were placed.

Because the Teamsters dillute the voting power of Aircraft Mechanics, Teamster Business Representatives–the equivalent of IAM District General Chairpersons–come from other industries and are APPOINTED by local Teamster Presidents. As a Teamster member you DO NOT have the right to elect those that negotiate and enforce your contract, or defend you in an arbitration hearing.

In the IAM, there is real democracy and the members direct their leadership through electoral participation. If leaders don’t produce in the IAM, they are held accountable at the ballot box.

To be sure, the last decade has been rough on the entire airline industry, particularly for Aircraft Mechanics. However, the IAM has stood strong and has negotiated in extremely difficult circumstances, specifically bankruptcy court.

We now stand ready to make gains at the negotiating table, and we need unity, not divisiveness, so we can achieve the dignity and respect we so rightly deserve. Now is not the time to entertain false promises from the Teamsters who have NEVER shown they have been up to the task. Now is the time to join together in unity and support OUR union to ensure that OUR interests are achieved.

Please take time to educate yourself on the IAM Advantage and the Teamster’s failed promises to Aircraft Mechanics.

For more information on this and other broken Teamster promises, please click here.