Dear Brothers & Sisters:
As you all know by now, both Secretary-Treasurer Gary Maslanka and Administrative Vice President John Bland are retiring after great careers of advocacy for this membership. It is never easy to say goodbye to friends and colleagues who we have worked with and admired over the years. Even though Gary and John are taking retirements that are richly deserved, they will continue to have a role with the TWU. John in particular will remain very involved in the union’s leadership.
Luckily, for our TWU International, we have a very strong leadership bench.
Today, the IEC took action, with the full support of the IAC, to fill these vacancies. I am happy to report that the IEC gave its’ unanimous and enthusiastic support to these recommendations.
The IEC named Jerome Lafragola to replace Gary Maslanka as Secretary-Treasurer. The Council voted to elevate Vice President and Transit Division Director Curtis Tate and Vice President and Airline Division Director Mike Mayes to fill the Administrative Vice President vacancies, which were made vacant.
Both myself and Executive Vice President Alex Garcia have great confidence in this new leadership team. We will work together in unity and in coordination to carry out the goals of our Organization. I trust that you as members of the Executive Board, International Staff and broader leadership teams in our Local TWU affiliates will offer your full support and cooperation to us moving forward.
TWU International President
Brothers and Sisters,
The Executive Negotiating Committee this week met face to face with American Airlines in Washington D.C.
Complete Tentative Agreements were reached on:
Discussions continued on the MLS Classifications Article that contains some Scope provisions. The parties continued to narrow their positions in this article. Scope discussions were completed for MTS, except for those covenants that are global in nature and will apply to the Scope article for all JCBA’s.
Progress was made on the outstanding issues in the following Articles:
M&R Grievance Procedure
Fleet Service Vacation accrual change “double jeopardy”
Weekly Pay checks for all groups
The Negotiating Committees continued the task of building JCBA drafts with all the previously tentatively agreed to Articles, an arduous and painstaking process to ensure accuracy of the agreed upon language.
With the progress made on these tasks, the Fleet Service Committee will meet with the company the week of February 26th and the M&R Committee will meet with the company the week of March 5th to reconcile any errors that either party has identified while compiling the JCBA drafts with the previously agreed to tentative agreements.
During the next 2 weeks that this reconciliation process takes place, the Executive Negotiating Committee will continue dialog with American Airlines on the outstanding Scope and economic topics, healthcare, retirement and all forms of compensation in an effort to move closer to a successful conclusion of JCBA negotiations.
Your continued solidarity and support continues to inspire and motivate your committees to bring these negotiations to completion.
Fleet Negotiating Committee:
Mark Baskett William Fa Mike Fairbanks Tim Hughes Steve Miller Tim Murphy Pat Rezler Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson
Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny Dale Danker Mark Huffman Bennie Martino Gary Peterson Rollie Reaves Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength