IAM District 78 News | May 12, 2020Nurses are AppreciatedInternational Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The IAM Union commemorates this important day and works to ensure our members in nursing are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Nurses are essential in transforming health care and health systems such that no person is left behind, without access to care or impoverished because of their need for health care.
IAM District 78 represents hundreds of nurses throughout Ontario at retirement homes, long-term care facilities and in home-care.
The IAM’s campaign and the resulting public outrage against United Airlines has caused the carrier to back away from its illegal scheme to force 15,000 full-time IAM members into part-time positions.
After accepting $5 billion from taxpayers as part of the CARES Act, United made the unilateral decision to drastically reduce the wages, retirement benefits, and paid leave of IAM-represented Fleet Service and Passenger Service members.The IAM quickly responded with a lawsuit, alleging United had violated the intent of the CARES Act, as well as the Railway Labor Act and the IAM’s collective bargaining agreements with the carrier.
United has since changed course, instead offering IAM members the opportunity to voluntarily work fewer hours without losing their full-time status. The carrier, however, has left the door open to resuming its forced reduction to part-time program.
“While today it appears that, thanks to your hard work and solidarity, we have won an important battle, we have not yet won the war,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “We will monitor United’s action closely to see what further legal and congressional action may become necessary.”
United’s plan drew bipartisan scorn, including from U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO). More than 12,000 messages were sent to members of Congress from the IAM’s action alert asking lawmakers to intervene.
The IAM’s campaign captivated the attention of the entire labor movement, since United’s action threatened to spur other companies to mistreat workers while accepting taxpayer dollars from coronavirus relief legislation. The International Transport Workers’ Federation supported IAM members in a letter to United Airlines, urging the carrier to reconsider forced layoffs.
American Airlines challenged United’s assertion that the CARES Act’s airline relief section allowed for furloughs.
IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sounded the alarm with President Trump, asking the White House to step in and prevent United from moving forward with the furloughs.
“With over 30 million Americans out of work, now is not the time for unscrupulous companies to undermine the clear intent of the federal relief effort aimed at worker retention,” wrote Martinez and Trumka. “Is it too much to ask corporations like United to honor their commitment under the CARES Act?”
The IAM represents more than 30,000 members at United Airlines and is the largest airline union in North America.
|IAM Healthcare Local 1295 member Makhena, works at a retirement home in Orleans and delivers care to the seniors in her charge. She began performing native hoop dances at the home when she saw that some residents were anxious. “The hoop dance is a medicinal dance. It relieves their anxiety. It’s emotional and mental medicine,” she stated.|
Naturopathic and indigenous medicines are important to Makhena. “Our bodies are more receptive to those medicines,” she said.
IAM District 78 is extremely proud of Makhena and of all of our members that are providing care and services for their communities during this pandemic.
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|IAM District 78 healthcare members are not only appreciated by all of us, but also by their Employers. Pictured above left, long term care managers provided breakfast to show their appreciation. IAM Local 1295 members; Alicia. Olena, Stacey-Ann, Lucita, Vivianne, Svitlana, Elzbieta, Luda, and Larissa.|
Also pictured right, for every day during pandemic, soup has been provided by their Employer; IAM Local 1295 members Daria, Olena, Olga, Oxsana, Irena, Mihailo, Oleg and Josef.
IAM District 78 is very proud of all of the staff at Ukrainian Canadian Care Center in Toronto.