INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS, LL2339N
Machinists Deliver Testimonyon Capitol Hill
By Michael Zirulnik & Sara Gonzales
On Wednesday, June 16, 2010, representatives from the IAM were present on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to deliver testimony of our concerns about a CO/UA merger. IAM’s General Vice President, RobertRoach Jr. delivered the insightful testimony in two Congressional Hearings.Speaking before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure chaired by Congressman Oberstar, Mr. Roach’s testimony was well received.His testimony was profound, maintaining thematic consistencyrelevant to Mr. Roach’s opening remarks when he said, “The MachinistsUnion has serious concerns not only about the viability of a combinedUnited/Continental carrier, but also for the long-term sustainability of eachcarrier independently.” In a later session, Mr. Roach also testified before theCongressional Judiciary Committee.In the hearing rooms, IAM members that included uniformedContinental and Express Jet flight attendants along with United IAMmembers joined Mr. Roach in a show of support and solidarity.The Congressional Committees also heard testimony fromContinental CEO, Jeff Smisek and United Airlines CEO, Glenn Tilton.Their testimony was not as well received by members of Congress.Concerns centered around four main pillars including the effects this proposed merger would have on employees of the respective companies.Congressional members delivered a long line of questioning to theCEOs and other panel members to gain a clearer picture on how a merger would affect defined pension plans, seniority integration, work rules, aircraftmaintenance, service and security. Anti-trust laws and the formation of anoligopoly were also addressed.
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President-Joey GuiderV.P. – Mike BecerraEditor-Michael Zirulnik
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(from left to right) IAM representatives on Capitol Hill in front of the CongressionalTransportation Committee’shearing room: D’Lisa Killebrew, Michael Zirulnik, Chris Boelens,Nicole Washington-Fears, RobertRoach Jr., Cori Horowitz, SaraGonzales, Michael Becerra, Maureen Samuels.