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Forming a Union With the IAM is About Us!

As SkyWest Flight Attendants, we deserve the fairness, respect and the certainty that comes with a union contract. Presently, we are what’s known as “employees at will.” That means SkyWest management can change the rules whenever it wants and end our employment relationship at any time for any reason. That’s ALOT of power and the main reason why SkyWest management will fight against our movement to form a union with the IAM and gain legal rights at work.

In the coming months, you will start to hear ALOT of misrepresentations, anti-union propaganda and outright lies. All of this negativity will have one aim: To influence us from forming a union and equalizing the power relationship between us and SkyWest management.

You’ll hear a lot about union dues (the monthly cost of belonging to a union). What they’ll fail to tell you is that we will not pay one cent in union dues until we vote in a contract that WE negotiate with support from the IAM.

We’ll also hear a lot about the IAM as a “third party” and that the IAM only wants our money. What they’ll fail to mention is that WE will be the IAM. When we vote in a union–yes, we will VOTE–all of our representatives will be SkyWest Flight Attendants. Who better to represent us than US! Of course, we will have all the support and resources we need and those will be provided by IAM International, but it will be SkyWest Flight Attendants who chart our future.

SkyWest management will surely claim that if we form a union then they will not be able guarantee anything that we currently have. What they’ll fail to tell us that NOTHING WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS GUARANTEED!  RIGHT NOW MANAGEMENT CAN CHANGE ANYTHING THEY WANT WITHOUT OUR APPROVAL! With a union contract, any change would require a vote of SkyWest Flight Attendants.

Management will also try to dissuade us from forming a union by threatening us that if we sign election authorization cards seeking a vote for union representation, they will be prohibited by law from offering us improvements in our pay, benefits and working conditions. THAT’S UNTRUE! Just ask the Delta Flight Attendants. They began their quest to form a union and Delta has offered pay increases each year BECAUSE OF their union campaign. They’ve also increased their health insurance costs and cut their profit sharing plan big time, but that’s another conversation.

SkyWest will also likely make the claim that if we form a union of Flight Attendants that negotiations will drag on for years and we’ll get no improvements in the meantime. They’ll say that as if they’re not at the negotiating table!! The truth is, negotiations in the airline industry are governed by a federal law called the Railway Labor Act (RLA). Among many other things, the RLA requires both sides to negotiate in good faith. Generally, negotiations in the airline industry last on average approximately 18 months. More on this later.

So, don’t be deterred by the anti-union rhetoric that is bound to come from SkyWest’s highly paid attorneys who only seek to keep power from us and in the hands of SkyWest management.

Sign a card today!!!