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ALITALIA AIRLINES LOCKS OUT MACHINIST UNION, ACCORDING TO IAM

 NEW YORK, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Alitalia Airlines broke off negotiations and locked out 308 cargo handlers and reservations and ticket sales personnel represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), according to the IAM.
 Alitalia, an Italian government-owned and subsidized airline, ordered union employees not to return to work Sept. 3, while IAM members were voting on a company contract offer.
 Alitalia's offer, subsequently voted down by the union, included wage cuts of 40 percent; increases in medical insurance deductibles of up to $1,000 per year, per family; the right to increase the number of part-time employees by 60 percent; and the unlimited right to subcontract work performed by union members.
 The proposal, according to the IAM, would have cut cargo handlers' wages by $11,274 a year and ticket agents' wages by $10,656 a year.
 The lockout affects Alitalia operations in New York, JFK Airport; Chicago; Boston; Miami; Los Angeles; and San Francisco.
 "We stand ready to resume negotiations at any time, but Alitalia's offer and recent actions are clearly unacceptable," said Joseph Adinolfi, general chairman, IAM District 142.
 "Our members have the full support of the International Transport Workers' Federation, which includes all the major airline unions in Europe and throughout the world," he added.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph Adinolfi of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, 516-791-9552 or, home, 718-377-3644/


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