Every three years in September and October, according to our by-laws, we nominate and elect Local 1833 Of cers, Shop Committee persons, and Chief Stewards. It is my pleasure to announce we have completed this election with clarity and dignity. A true measure of the candidates running is how they run their campaign.
Their ability to communicate with our members without destroying others and this union is a quality to be admired. I am very pleased that our past election re ected those qualities. I would like to thank everyone who was nomi- nated and accepted the nominations and ran for the positions.
With these people in leadership roles in Local 1833, we will be able to have a union and function with the expertise our members have come to expect. Congratulations to the unop- posed and newly elected candidates. Our members will be looking for guid- ance especially as we get ready for that most pivotal representation election vote that will secure our jobs, our union, our future and for the next generation.
For those who were not elected, thank you for stepping up to the plate to help make a difference. There are still many ways you can become involved in ... more. less.
this Local. Steward elections will be held in December and for those who have another interest in helping the membership, Local 1833 Committees will be open for members who are interested in serving.<br><br> These Committees are listed on page 6. These positions are appointed by the Executive Board. Simply submit the 2010 Commit- tee Selection form in this issue to the Executive Board by Wednesday, De- cember 9th.<br><br> I encourage everyone of our members interested to please become an active member and make a difference for our Local and experience the personal growth and satisfaction that comes while making that difference. Making that difference is exactly what the Community Service Committee accom- plished in October. Pat cSully d Sullivan, Chair of the Committee, had a vision of a union sponsored event to help our com- munities and those in need for the upcom- ing holidays and winter.<br><br> Sully brought this idea to the Committee where it was em- braced wholeheartedly and presented to the Executive Board for their support and seal of approval. To show you how good- will spreads, Pat presented the idea to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) Lo- cal Executive Council of Minneapolis/St. Paul.<br><br> Their Executive Council along with President Bruce Retrum jumped at the opportunity to unite together to be a part of this event. Together with the AFA, the Community Services Committee worked out an astonishingly successful dona- tion drive that ran nonstop for 48 hours around the clock. cOPERATION DONA- TION, AFA & IAM United Today for a Bet- ter Tomorrow, proved what can be ac- complished when we come together to do the right thing and help out for com- mon good.<br><br> The donation drive was held at the Northwest Airlines Bldg. C parking lot in partnership with The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. Donations of winter apparel, new toys and non-per- ishable food items were accepted with a thankful smile.<br><br> Blood donations were welcomed by the American Red Cross. The gift of blood to save lives was given, something a lot of us can do that doesn 9t cost anything. Monetary donations also helped to make this event a true success.<br><br> Working together with the ight attendants was enriching and productive by joing forc- es in solidarity for all of our union brothers and sisters. On behalf of the members of Local Lodge 1833, I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard on this rst annual joint charity event by giving their time and support. Also a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated items for this event and made it an unbelievable success.<br><br> Because of the generosity of many, the giving of time to make a differ- ence, and the vision Brother Sullivan had of a better Holiday for many, this season will be lled with the smiles of children, their families, and those in need. The 1833 Report The Publication of Airline Local 1833 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Volume 24 Number 6 November/December 2009 Making A Difference for A Better Tomorrow By Ken Hooker, President Local 1833 IAM & AFA United Today for a Better Tomorrow 2 Operatio In This Issue : Operation Donation 2 - 3 Shop Committee Reports 4 - 5 2010 Committee Selections Notice of Election Results Retiree Club News 6 - 7 Solidarity i cNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it 9s the only thing that ever has. d Margaret Mead, American cultural anthropologist. Creative.<br><br> Caring. Thoughtful. Insightful.<br><br> An idea sparked the ame that became Operation Donation. Patrick cSully d Sullivan, Chairman of Local 1833 Community Services Committee asked why not. Why not host a donation drive where our members can take credit for their time and offerings they give and invite the ight attendants to join forces so we can use our collective strengths to give back to our communities we live and work in.<br><br> The Local 1833 Community Services Committee and Executive Board together with the Association of Flight Attendants Local Executive Council 95 put their heads together and Operation Donation was born. The logistics and pre-planning began. Through regular meetings while casting a wider web, volunteers were recruited, speakers and music were arranged for the kickoff, and the nitty-gritty details were hammered out with the Red Cross and Salvation Army.<br><br> Flyers and posters were distributed, speakers were invited, sponsors were brought onboard and volunteers were signed up. The color purple for the tee-shirts was designated for blending red and blue. It was the color of solidarity and connection for the greater good and helping one another.<br><br> The time for the 48 hour round the clock event arrived. Brie ngs with the Red Cross, Salvation Army and AFA worked out the details. Through the rain, sleet and snow, over 200 volunteers almost lled a semi truck with toys, food items and winter apparel.<br><br> Over 70 units of blood were donated for the Red Cross. cIt was a great success. I enjoyed meeting and working with the ight attendants and I de nitely will volunteer again next year, d said Linda Martin, Operation Donation volunteer.<br><br> In the spirit of giving, we will see you next year! IAM Local 1833 and AFA LEC 95 members promoting the Red Cross blood drive Shar Knutson, President MN AFL-CIO Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul 3 Donation Motion MN Representative David Tomassoni Mike Gergen - Operation Donation Volunteer 48 hours of giving thru rain and snow Drive up donation lane Operation Donation Volunteers Loading the rst full bin 4 Shop Comm ESSC Shop Committee Report By Kip Hedges, Lee Largent, And Dan McCurdy What 9s Fair Is Fair Democracy is a very basic concept.<br><br> Those who participate in an election decide which side wins. It is a concept used in every election in the United States, including every union representation election, except elections in the airline and railroad industries. Anti Democratic Delta CEO, Richard Anderson and Delta Air Lines are outspoken in their opposition to this democratic principle.<br><br> In the shrillest of tones, Anderson and his friends at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Wall Street Journal, the Detroit News, the L.A. Times and the Air Transport Association (no friends of workers here) have attempted to place a negative spin on the AFL-CIO request to change voting rules to a more democratic process.<br><br> Current rules allow the expressed will of the majority of participating voters to be vetoed by the silence of those who do not vote. In other words, if you don 9t vote you are counted as a vote against the union. If the same rules were applied to Federal elections, most, Senators and U.S.<br><br> Representatives would not get elected. Since 1960 the average voter turnout in mid-term elections is 40%. Under Old Rules Or New Delta executives have said the request for the rule change is an attempt by the IAM and AFA to delay representation elections because the unions don 9t have enough support to win.<br><br> When the IAM led for a vote among baggage handlers, they led with suf cient support to win. Should the rule not be changed, it would be expected that the NMB would order an election anyway and we would still win. Anderson has also attacked the IAM and AFA for attempting to change the rules in the middle of an election, although no election has yet been set by the NMB.<br><br> Should the AFL-CIO wait until there are no potential or pending elections at the airlines or railroads to request a change? There are always elections in the pipeline, so by Delta 9s rationale rule changes could never take place. Pure Hypocrisy We know Delta is not against changing the rules, no matter the timing.<br><br> Earlier in 2009 Delta tried to manipulate an NMB application from the pilots that addressed pilot representation issues. They wanted to force the IAM and AFA into a representation election. This violated past precedent and the NMB rejected Delta 9s attempts.<br><br> Delta has also tried to get the NMB to overturn a long standing practice of each airline class and craft voting separately. Delta apparently believes that the bigger the group, the more dif cult it will be to get 50% plus one of the group to vote union. So if it bene ts Delta 9s anti-union agenda, they don 9t see a problem with a change.<br><br> But if a change will make a union election more democratic and worker friendly, then Delta executives cry foul. This is the height of hypocrisy. Why The Opposition Why are Delta executives so intent on stopping a change in the rules?<br><br> Delta would like to WalMartize the airline industry. For years airline jobs provided stability and good income for millions of workers. These jobs are being replaced with crevolving door d jobs; low wage, temporary, part time jobs.<br><br> Workers organized in a union are the only force capable of standing in Delta 9s way. Delta is opposed to any measure which would level the playing eld for workers who want to unionize. Bldg D Cofps Report By Donald Balducci, Dawn Harteau, Mary Bruce-Konah Recently one of the local newspapers had an article about how smoothly the merger of Northwest and Delta has gone.<br><br> Most of what the article focused on was the new clook d as in the upgraded rst class cabin, new in ight magazine and the upgrade of the eet inlcuding new paint. What the article did not say was how hard every- one at pre-merger Northwest is working to keep up. Everyday there are changes and challenges for the frontline employees and we give it our all.<br><br> One of the passengers interviewed went so far as to say the ight crews are a cut above Northwest and more friendly. Another said he was checking in and there were plenty of Delta agents at the counter. Well guess what!<br><br> It is still us. We haven 9t gone any- where and the success of this merger is because of our hard work and dedication to get it right. To all of the Northwest employees at the MSP airport including Skycaps, Worldclub Representatives, QSA 9s, Clerical, ESE 9s and CSA/CSS, a big pat on the back for a job well done.<br><br> We will deal with changes in the Elite program, mulitple ight schedule changes, learning a new computer program, different service offerings in the WorldClubs, new unac- companied minor paperwork and procedures just to name a few. All while taking care of the passengers with a smile on our face. The road hasn 9t been easy but as always we will succeed.<br><br> 5 Bldg C COFPS Shop Committee Report By Jackie Bolin and Vicki Cheek How Can I Think Outside the Box When I Work In a Cube Building C has been going through signi cant changes over the past several months. Layoffs, transfers, and moving of Departments to different locations for the remodel make for moments of loneliness when we miss seeing an old friend. As reported in past issues, Building C has experienced a tremendous renovation, not without issues.<br><br> Jack hammering, sparks ying, dust ying, moving from downstairs to upstairs with a view, without a view, back down stairs, training in a garage, not enough spaces, all add up to a healthy dose of stress. But don 9t eat chocolate for that stress, at least not at your desk, because certain managers like to check out your wastebasket to see what you have been munching on during the day. Walking to the cafeteria, the credit union, or smoking area, gives new meaning to walking the plank.<br><br> Throughout the construction, boards have been our yellow brick road to our destination. The icing on the cake is having more than half the of ce in training of a totally different computer system that many call very disjointed and learning a new business logic that went from cone stop shopping d to a single call with six transfers. Other areas are being cross-trained to handle several lines of business.<br><br> Since we already have icing on the cake, I guess I can say the side of ice cream is every time the Internet Explorer is opened to get further information, the agents have anti-union sentiments in their faces from Deltanet News. But&the fabulous, resilient members who work in Reservations rise above these disruptions. They think outside the box to nd a solution and to continue to make the passenger the most important person at that time.<br><br> So& Even though we are cubed in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Local 1833 members continue to think and work outside the box. UNION STRONG!<br><br> Bldg N Committee Report By Roger McCausland, Chief Steward Delta 9s Human Resource 9s came and talked about open enrollment in our Building. This was mainly a dog and pony show, but I thought I would share the answers to four questions that this group of Managers, Pilots, Flight Attendants, Sim Techs and others heard. Q: Does the Delta plans cover college kids until 23 or 26, when does the coverage end?<br><br> A: Union PPO Plans cover college kids until 26, all Delta plans end at 23. If they are still in college at 23, call 1-800-mydelta to get the actual date. (Birthday, end of month, etc.) Q: Am I covered under NWA management 9s plan this year and the PPO option A is similar to what I have today.<br><br> Do you have any summary yers? A: Sorry, you are all under NWA 9s Medical this year so I didn 9t bring any paperwork here to show you what that is. You should be able to see it on the web or in a packet sent to your home.<br><br> I am here to show you these new plans from Delta. (No Option A/B summary paperwork was provided to our building.) Q: I am a union employee retiring in December. I don 9t know what the costs of the Delta HRA/HSA plans will be when I am retired.<br><br> Can I change plans from the open enrollment options to retirement options after I nd out the costs. A: Delta doesn 9t subsidize retirement medical, so if you are covered under your union plan and have enough years to collect that subsidized medical coverage under retirement, it would be cost prohibitive for you to pick one of the Delta plans in retirement. Q: I noticed you didn 9t list the free Chiropractor visits we get each year under the NWA plan.<br><br> Is there a change to Chiropractor coverage? A: Yes, it was covered at 100% under the NWA plan. I didn 9t like the idea of some items free but others you had to apply co-pays, so I changed that in the new Option A.<br><br> She couldn 9t change it for the Flight Attendants and IAM plans.They are contract items. I didn 9t plant these questions; I just picked them out to share. ttee News 6 2010 Committee Selection Call is hereby issued in accordance with IAMAW Airline Local Lodge 1833 Bylaws for appointment to Local Lodge Committees.<br><br> Article III, Section 1, states dThe members of committees established under this section shall be chosen by the Executive Board with the approval of the membership at the rst regular meeting in December of each year, unless speci cally provided otherwise in these Bylaws or the IAMAW Constitution. The members so selected shall serve for one year or until successors are chosen and quali ed. d Appointments to the Committees listed below will be made at the Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Executive Board meeting and become effective January 1, 2010. Budget (4 members); Education (7 members); Community Services (10 members); Communications/Newspaper Committee (4 members); Good & Welfare (4 members); Human Rights (8 members); Legislative (7 members); Organizing Committee (3 members) Resolutions & Bylaws (7 members) Safety & Health (15 MSP/6 IRRC/1 RSC) and W.<br><br> I. N. Committee.<br><br> Requests should be sent to the Recording Secretary at the Local Lodge of ce NO LATER than Monday, December 7, 2009 . Submit your request on the form below and return to the Local Lodge of ce either by U. S.<br><br> mail; fax (952-854-1323) or deliver the form in person. No e-mail requests will be accepted. Name: _______________________________________ Address: _____________________________________ City: _________________________________________ State: ______________________ Zip Code: _________ Work Area: ___________________________________ Shift/hours: ___________________ RDO: ___________ Contact Phone Numbers - home and cell: ______________________________________________ Would you like information sent to you via e-mail?<br><br> Yes ___________________ No ___________________ What is your e-mail address? _____________________________________________ (Please, no company e-mail address) Are you interested in serving on more than one Committee: Yes ______________ No _______________ Committee Choice (s) 1. _________________________ 2.<br><br> _____________________ 3. ____________________ Committee Descriptions Budget Committee Prepares an annual balanced budget and submits it to the Executive Board for the scal year beginning Jan. 1st.<br><br> In addition per the Bylaws, this Committee includes the President, Secretary Treasurer and one other Executive Board member. Education Committee Shall be in charge of instructional and educational matters and make information available to our new members to educate them on the structure of the IAMAW, the bene ts of belonging to a union and any other subject of bene t. In addition per the Bylaws, this Committee includes the Educator and Vice President.<br><br> CommunityServices Shall assist and educate members in Community Services and refer members to the proper agencies that specialize in their speci c need. Communications Committee Shall compile information and articles, locally, regionally and nationally for publication in the newspaper or website. In addition per the Bylaws, this Committee includes the Communicator.<br><br> Good & Welfare Committee Shall investigate all claims for reimbursement of COBRA or other health insurance payments (excluding dental). Shall send owers/memorials to deceased members (active or retired). Human Rights Committee Shall specialize in handling cases of sexual harassment and/or discrimination.<br><br> Legislative Committee Shall keep the membership informed on legislation affecting the interests of the membership on the local, state and federal level. Organizing Committee Shall work to increase the number of unionized workers in the class and crafts that this Local Lodge represents and raise the level of awareness of current working conditions among existing union members. Resolutions & Bylaws Committee Shall be responsible for keeping the Local Lodge Bylaws current and up to date after each Grand Lodge or District convention, contract changes or Local Bylaws meeting and making proposals and/or recommendations to the membership.<br><br> Safety & Health Committee Shall monitor safety in the workplace as well as educate the membership on safety issues in the workplace and away from the workplace. W. I.<br><br> N. Committee Shall educate women in the work force on equality, economic security and power sharing. Shall work to enhance organizing efforts, political action, network and coordinate activities that will bene t working women in the union.<br><br> 7 Notice of Election Results Listed below are the results of the Airline Local Lodge 1833 Local Lodge Of cers, Grievance/Shop Committee and Chief Steward Election held October 8, 2009 at our regular meeting place, Eagles Club Post 3208, 9152 Old Cedar Ave., Bloomington, MN and Clarion Hotel in Sioux City, IA and the Chisholm Inn in Chisholm, MN. CONTESTED POSITIONS Trustee 3 members (3-Year Term) Patrick cSully d Sullivan Dawn Harteau Robert Cloutier, Jr. COFPS Building D Grievance Committee 1 member (3-Year Term) Dawn Harteau United Airlines Grievance Committee 2 members (3-Year Term) A J Lindell Bart Williams Simulator Operations Chief Steward 1 Member (2 Year Term) Roger McCausland COFPS IRRC Chief Steward Shift 1 1 member (2 Year Term) John Hendrickson COFPS RSC Chief Steward Shift 2 1 member (2 Year Term) Corinne Ruskey Elected Grievance Committee members and Chief Stewards will take of ce effective January 1, 2010.<br><br> Congratulations to everyone! All Local Lodge Of cers will assume of ce at the January, 2010 dayshift union meeting. Retiree 9s Club News By Lauree Cook, Recording Secretary November - December 2009 The Retiree 9s Club continues to meet every month and we invite anyone who was an 1833 IAM member to participate.<br><br> Our November business meeting will be held at the Eagle 9s Club in Bloomington on the 19 th at 12:30 P.M. At this meeting we will elect of cers for Vice President, Secretary, and one Trustee. The January 21 st meeting will also be at the Eagles Club and we will have installation of of cers.<br><br> Our Christmas luncheon on December 17 th is a sit down meal with reservations required. No one will be able to attend without a prepaid reservation . As usual, this is held at the Royal Cliff in Eagan.<br><br> The choice of food is Chicken Kiev or Shrimp and will cost $18.50 per person with guests adding $1.00 extra. Social hour begins at 11:30 A.M. and food is served by 12:30 P.M.<br><br> We will be collecting food items this year for the ICA. It is almost time for renewing our memberships to the club. Cards will be handed out at meetings and mailed to those unable to attend.<br><br> Remember, it 9s only $7.00 per person per year. Please return the cards promptly since rosters must be printed and cards returned late will not be included in the roster. If you wish to have a new roster sent to you, it will cost $1.50 in addition to the membership fee.<br><br> This is a great way to stay in touch with our former co-workers. Have a wonderful holiday season and happy new year! Call Maynard or Shirlee at 651-454-3482 or Lauree at 952-934- 5888 if you have any questions.<br><br> Travel Club questions? Call Pearl Weitbrecht at 612-869-3649. Send checks for the luncheon to: Local 1833 Retiree 9s Club, PO Box 22276, Eagan, MN 55122.<br><br> Please indicate food preference on the check for the Christmas luncheon. Local Lodge 1833 Meeting Information Executive Board Meetings Local 1833 Conference Room 8030 Old Cedar Avenue Bloomington MN Union Meetings - Eagles Club #3208 9152 Old Cedar Avenue, Bloomington MN Executive Board Meeting November 11,2009 3PM Day Shift Meeting November 12, 2009 4PM Executive Board Meeting November 19, 2009 3PM Late Shift Meeting November 19, 2009 11:15PM Executive Board Meeting December 9, 2009 3PM Day Shift Meeting December 10, 2009 4PM Executive Board Meeting December 31, 2009 3PM Late Shift Meeting December 31, 2009 11:15PM Local Lodge 1833 Of cers President, Ken Hooker Vice President, Lisa Stager Recording Secretary, Mary Sansom Secretary-Treasurer, Bob Bennek Conductor-Sentinel, Roger McCausland Trustees, Robert Cloutier Jr., Myron Drellack, Wayne Quigley Educator, Communicator, Vicki Beebe International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Non-profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Minneapolis, Minnesota Permit No.<br><br> 32186 Phone 952-854-6313 Fax: 952-854-1323 Toll Free: 888-999-1833 www.LocalIAM1833.org Email:IAM1833@qwestof ce.net Return Service Requested Please feel free to submit articles, letters or pictures you would like to have printed. Submissions can be dropped off at the Local or sent via fax or e-mail. All submissions to the January/February newsletter are due no later than 3PM Wednesday, December 9th.<br><br> According to the bylaws of LL1833, content must be approved by the LL1833 Executive Board prior to printing. It is understood that materials published in the Local Lodge paper are the opinion of the writer and do not necessarily constitute neither the opinion of the Local Lodge 1833 Executive Board nor that of the IAMAW. FAX: 952-854-1323 E-MAIL: editor1833@qwestof ce.net Airline Local 1833 8030 Old Cedar Avenue South Suite 200 Bloomington, MN 55425 Happy Holidays<br><br>