Machinists to defend airline pensions at merger hearing

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The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ (IAM) general vice president Robert Roach, Jr. will testify on July 30, 2008 before the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions about the Delta Air Lines – Northwest Airlines merger proposal’s affect on workers.

The Machinists Union strongly opposes the Delta/Northwest merger because it will eliminate jobs, reduce choices for passengers and do nothing to address the problems of a troubled industry.

The Machinists Union represents 12,500 Northwest Airlines workers and is currently organizing Delta Air Lines’ ground workers. The IAM is the largest airline and rail union in North America, representing more than 170,000 Flight Attendants, Customer Service Agents, Reservation Agents, Ramp Service Personnel, Mechanics railroad Machinists and related transportation industry workers.