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Union Members Feature: NALC

NATCA continues to highlight our union sisters and brothers who are also essential workers during the COVID-19 national emergency. Michelle Simmons is a union sister letter carrier who lives and works in Grand Island, Neb. Simmons is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). Grand Island is a COVID-19 hot spot with one of the highest density rates of contagion anywhere in the country.

“Don’t forget when we were essential. We’re being praised as being on the front lines, putting our lives at risk and serving our communities right now,” she said. “When those essential workers rise and say they want better working conditions, wages and environments for themselves and their families, don’t scrutinize them. They will always be essential.”Listen to Simmons’ storyRead more about NALC and the COVID-19 crisis
NALC recently launched a new website , which features ads running on tv and digital, their polls, information, and an action center.

Aviation Labor News

Reuters – United Airlines only needs 3,000 of 25,000 flight attendants in June : United Airlines has told staff that it only has work for about 3,000 of its about 25,000 flight attendants in June, sources said, and warned of job losses if demand does not recover by the time government payroll aid expires in the fall. United is paying flight attendants until Sept. 30 thanks largely to $5 billion the airline is receiving in government payroll aid under the CARES Act, which prohibits any job or pay cuts for employees before October.

Chicago-based United and other airlines have begun to share more details with employees about the scale of their dilemma in trying to match crews and fleets to an uncertain recovery from the economic crisis sparked by the new coronavirus pandemic, which has sent the global economy into a tailspin.

Delta Air Lines told its 14,500 pilots on Thursday that it expects to have 7,000 more than it needs in the fall, according to a memo first reported by Reuters. Read more

Fort Worth Star-Telegram – American Airlines battles COVID, are bankruptcy or job cuts possible? When Boeing’s chief executive predicted that one of the United States’ largest airlines would go out of business because of the COVID crisis , many industry observers speculated that the unidentified company he was referring to was American Airlines. The Fort Worth-based airline is losing $70 million a day, company executives said during a recent earnings call, and has more debt than the nation’s other major carriers. Any misfortunes at American would be bad news for the Dallas-Fort Worth economy , where the airline employs about 33,000 people and is North Texas’ largest employer.

But several people who follow the air travel industry closely say they believe American can survive the pandemic without filing for bankruptcy protection. To do so, they say, American must become a smaller company, with fewer airplanes and a smaller payroll. Read more

This Month in Labor History

1894 : The Pullman Strike in Illinois was the first national strike in U.S. history. Before coming to an end, it involved over 150,000 persons and 27 states and territories and paralyzed the nation’s railway system. The entire rail labor force of the nation walked away from their jobs in May 1894. In supporting the capital side of this strike President Cleveland, for the first time in the nation’s history, sent in federal troops, who fired on and killed U.S. citizens, against the wishes of the states. The federal courts of the nation outlawed strikes with the Omnibus Indictment Act. This blow to unionized labor was not struck down until the passing of the National Labor Relations Act (also known as the Wagner Act) in 1935. Read more

This Month in NATCA History

1984 : Less than three years after PATCO was decertified, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to form NATCA at Washington Center. The petition was signed by 214 controllers, about two-thirds of those working. The next month, AFGE also filed petitions for Atlanta Center, New York Center, and New York TRACON for a union called the American Air Traffic Controllers Council (AATCC). The birth of NATCA evolved over the next three years, culminating with NATCA’s FLRA certification on June 19, 1987, to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration.