3 December 2022
No Thanks, No Giving
IAM District 141 and United Airlines management met in Orlando, Florida, this week and continued contract
negotiations. Both parties remain very far apart on the most vital issues: job security and wages.
United management’s refusal to provide acceptable job security and wage rates for IAM-represented workers is
unacceptable and disgraceful. IAM members at United Airlines have spoken loudly and clearly that the issues of wages
and job security are paramount to any acceptable tentative agreement. Unfortunately, after almost a year of “expedited
negotiations,” United management has yet to put forth adequate proposals that could lead to a tentative agreement.
While United management sits on their hands in negotiations, ground workers employed at American Airlines, Delta Air
Lines, and Alaska Airlines are earning higher hourly wages than United ground workers. At Southwest Airlines, IAM
members will soon vote on a tentative agreement that provides the airline industry’s highest wage rates.
At the same time, United management continues to throw the success that we create in our faces. United proudly
announced that the carrier just had its third-best Thanksgiving ever. IAM members ensured almost 3 million customers
could connect with family and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday. And how does United thank us? They refuse to
protect our jobs and pay us what we’re worth.
But why? Why the disrespect? Is it because CEO Scott Kirby thinks the economic future is uncertain and United must be
cautious? No. Here’s part of what Scott said during United’s most recent earnings call: “Our operation is firing on all
cylinders. In fact, based on most metrics, it’s running better than ever […] there are three industry tailwinds prevailing the
COVID recovery for aviation and United that are currently overcoming those macro headwinds and we believe will
continue to do so in 2023.”
Scott is very bullish on United’s financial future, and he should be: United made almost a $1 BILLION profit in the most
recent quarter. Unfortunately, he’s not bullish on our financial future. The fact is, our hard work and dedication have been
the drivers of United’s success. And that financial success directly lines Scott’s pockets and the pockets of the rest of
United’s overpaid executives. CEO Kirby’s raise for 2022 was 67 percent, from $10 million in 2021 to $16.7 million in 2022.
Greed at its finest.
I have called an emergency meeting of IAM District 141’s Executive Board next week in Houston, Texas. It is necessary to
convene the District Executive Board to discuss the status of negotiations and plan our next steps, so we can
appropriately deal with the unprecedented greed and arrogance that now permeates United’s management team.
We will advise of next steps.
Michael G. Klemm
President and Directing General Chair,
District 141, International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers
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