Brothers & Sisters,
As we enter November of 2019, with the benefits enrollment process over, our administration at TWU Local 501 will still be hard at work making sure our members get the assistance needed in dealing with their voluntary benefits and any other issue.
With 2020 nearing rapidly, Contract Negotiations at American is our biggest battle and obstacle today and into the near future. On behalf of the TWU Local 501 Executive Board the one thing we want to make clear to our members is not to listen to rumors, or pay any mind to social media stories. This cannot be repeated enough!
When the Association is prepared to communicate that a Tentative Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement is complete and ready for a ratification vote, that’s when the membership will be provided ALL the facts, information and process to complete a JCBA. Until then any other communications that are not coming directly from the Association or from our Local 501 President or Officers should be considered as just a pure guess, rumor or opinion.
The bottom line at this time is that Scope still needs to be completed along with other big ticket items in negotiations and our Association refuses to cave into the company’s request for concessions and protect our members jobs to the best of their abilities.
The company has tested our unity as a UNION and has discovered that the Association is a formidable opponent whose members will continue to support in the fight for what we deserve. If the company wanted to complete a JCBA with us they would had offered us a respectful contract years ago.
The job you save maybe your own with your continued support of our Association and remember it’s the company that made promises to make us whole so why do they need concessions while they make billions in profits!
Please keep in mind that the TWU was established in 1934 and TWU Local 501 was established in 1945. The Transport Workers Union is not about to back down to Corporate Greed at American as our History of fighting for Unity, Diversity, Dignity and Workers rights is long and strong with great accomplishments.
Your TWU local 501 Executive Board is Battle Tested, Battle Ready for ALL future challenges. “ALWAYS BE A PROUD MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION”
Victor J. Gonzalez – President
International Executive Board
Brothers & Sisters,
President Gonzalez who is on vacation this week has requested that I as the acting President provide an update/communication to our membership. Besides our general order of business this month, the benefits enrollment period along with the voluntary benefit changes brought additional challenges for us to overcome.
On October 30, 2019 at 5 PM at NYC 2 Broadway, TWU Local 100 will be holding a Contract Rally which our Executive Board encourages our members support. As for Negotiations, our Executive Boards position is that our members not listen to rumors or fake news on social media. If our members want the most accurate Negotiating information it must come from the Association or from your TWU Local 501 President or Officers.
Our October TWU Local 501 membership meetings were all concluded last week for JFK, LGA and SJU. A Special meeting for us at TWU Local 501 was conducting our 1st Re-staffed Philadelphia membership meeting also.
Should our members have any Union questions or issues or require representation on the job, do not hesitate to contact your Local leadership as we are here to serve you to the best of our abilities.
“Happy – Halloween”
TWU Local 501
1st Executive Vice President