The International Association of Machinists placed District Lodge 141 under supervision due to the local’s “inconsistent enforcement of collective bargaining agreements, membership servicing deficiencies, and the misapplication of contractual provisions.” District Lodge 141 represents mechanics, passenger service workers, and other employees at various airlines.
The AFL-CIO Executive Council met with presidential candidates former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (D), and former Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) during its annual summer meeting. According to AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, the meeting focused on “an agenda that helps working people achieve a better life” and discussed trade issues, including Congress’ recent passage of trade promotion authority for President Obama.
While at the ALF-CIO Executive Council meeting, presidential candidate Hilary Clinton stated collective bargaining is “vital to existing plans for raising incomes” and commented that she was an original co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act. Clinton also pointed to legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour and expressed support for various pro-union policies, such as fair pay and scheduling, affordable child care, earned sick leave, and paid family leave.