United Contract Negotiations Update

United Contract Negotiations Update

23 April 2024

Dear Machinists Union Sisters and Brothers at United Airlines,

As President and Directing General Chair of IAM District Lodge 141, I want to thank you for your participation in our recent pre-negotiation surveys. Your insights are crucial as we begin preparations for the upcoming contract talks with the airline. These negotiations will impact  29,000 union members across Fleet Service, Passenger Service, Storekeepers, Maintenance Instructors, Security Officers, Central Load Planners, and Fleet Technical Instructors roles.

In fact, this was the highest level of contract survey participation in the history of IAM District Lodge 141.

Some of the top priorities are reducing the steps of pay progressions, real, enforceable job preferencing, improved pension and 401k contributions, general work scheduling, quality of life improvements, and for-profit sharing to be in line with other work groups at United Airlines.

While these are some of the top member priorities, your negotiating committee plans to work on all areas of our contracts so that IAM members’ value to United Airlines is recognized and realized. 

In our last communication, we expressed that we believe we can reach the industry-best contracts we deserve by the end of the calendar year. However, that will only be possible IF United Airlines management is serious about treating us with the respect we deserve. United management talks a good game about having the best employees in the airline industry and United being the premier global airline. Now, the time has arrived for United management to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

Unfortunately, United management has informed us that they will not be available to meet with your negotiating committee until May 21st. That meeting will discuss protocol, scheduling, and the logistics of negotiations. Though this delay is not ideal, we will use this extra time to refine our strategy and strengthen our position.

Thank you again for your engagement. Remember, our strength is our unity.

In Solidarity,


Your Negotiating Committee
Olu Ajetomobi
Joe Bartz
Jill Hazamy
Victor Hernandez
Barb Martin
Terry Stansbury
Faysal Silwany
Erik Stenberg
Sue Weisner

Michael G Klemm
President and Directing General Chair, 
District 141,
International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers

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$8,000 in Scholarships are Now Available!

$8,000 in Scholarships are Now Available!

District Lodge 141 is excited to announce the commencement of its 2024 Adolph Stutz Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest!

The essay competition is designed to encourage a better understanding and appreciation of the role of unions in America and foster a sense of community among our members and their families. By reflecting on the history and principles of unions, participants have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this important institution and its impact on society. Through their personal experiences and reflections, they can inspire others to recognize the value of collective action and the power of working together towards a common goal. 

This year’s theme asks participants to contemplate “Reviving the American Dream: What Can I Do to Help My Generation Overcome Despair and Build a Better Future?” This competition is open to the children, spouses, and dependent grandchildren of members with one year or more of good standing in District Lodge 141 of the Machinists Union as of June 1, 2023. This includes graduating high school seniors and those who are currently enrolled full-time in college or trade school. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,000 award, and six additional winners will each receive a check for $1,000. 

Participants are asked to email their entries to dan@bleicomm.com by midnight on July 15, 2024.

CLICK HERE for the official rules and entry form.


Chicago Air Transport Local 1487 ‘Goes Red’ for Women’s Heart Health

Chicago Air Transport Local 1487 ‘Goes Red’ for Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease is a devastating threat to women in the United States, claiming the lives of a staggering 314,186 women in 2020 alone, accounting for one out of every four female deaths.

The Local 1487 Women’s Committee recently held its annual “Go Red” luncheon as part of a broader effort to raise awareness about heart disease. The luncheon informed attendees about the risks and warning signs of heart disease. Participants also participated in dance and exercise classes.

Watch District 141’s video recap of the event here.

The American Heart Association reports that nearly half of all women live with some form of cardiovascular disease. However, many women are unaware of the risks associated with heart disease and the specific dangers posed by life stages, such as pregnancy and menopause. 

“I’m proud to recognize IAM Local 1487 as they ‘go red’ for women’s heart health,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “Heart disease claims far too many lives each year, especially among women. Through events like the ‘Go Red’ luncheon, we’re raising awareness and empowering women with vital knowledge about heart health. I applaud Local 1487 for continuing to educate and advocate to ensure every woman knows the risks and takes steps to protect her heart.”  

Guests from District 141 included President and Directing General Chair Mike Klemm, Special Representative Jen Jolly, Community Service Director Cristina Odoardi, and MNPL Director Dave Roderick. The International was represented by Women’s and Young Workers Department Director Julie Frietchen and Human Rights Director Nicole Fears.