Today in Labor History July 8, 1966 From July 8 to August 19, 1966, over 35,000 airline workers across the nation employed by five airlines went on strike. After several years of stilted wage gains as the airline industry invested heavily in jet technology, aircraft mechanics and other ground service workers represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) were anxious to share in the substantial profits of 1965. Facing a bargaining impasse between the IAM and the five carriers (United, Northwest, National, Trans World and Eastern) covered in the industry’s first multi-carrier labor contract, a Presidential Emergency Board presented a “compromise” package. In the summer of 1966, IAM members rejected this compromise and walked off the job in the largest strike in airline history. For 43 days during the peak summer travel season, 60 percent of the U.S. commercial airline industry was literally inoperative as 35,000 workers stayed out on strike. ~ Voices of Labor
Working Americans are facing numerous challenges. Despite top line economic numbers that may look favorable, many workers’ paychecks are not growing. Add to that concerns surrounding pensions and health care benefits, uncertainty looms for the U.S. middle class.
That’s why the 2020 is so very important for this union and its members’ future. The Teamsters are committed to making our presence known and demanding that presidential candidates make commitments that are important to our membership. That starts with input from our members.
“The Teamsters want to hear from members about what their top issues and concerns are as the nation prepares for this pivotal election,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “This union will be putting on a full-court press to demand that any candidate for president listen to our members and address our concerns. The Teamster 2020 survey is an important step as we hear directly from our members on what issues they’ll be voting on.”
“Visibility will be key to maximizing the voice of rank-and-file Teamsters,” said Lawrence Geho, president of Local 888. “So please fill out the survey to let union leadership know your thoughts about what issues mean the most to you. We want all our members to feel they are a part of the process.”
Together, Teamster brothers and sisters can ensure that this great union plays a critical role in electing a president that will truly stand with 0ur members and the nation’s workers.