As we look back at a year full of negotiations, rally's and a constantly changing workplace, it is time for us to look back and reflect on what we should be thankful for. The year has been a trying time for all, especially for our Brothers and Sisters in Puerto Rico, who are slowly rebuilding their lives, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them all.
Take this time to relax, enjoy your family and friends as we look ahead to the future.
On behalf of the Executive Board of Local 501, I would like to thank our members for your patience and continued support and wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Sisters and Brother's,
This notice is to inform our membership that effective November 30, 2017 our (SJU) Executive 3rd Vice President, Luis R. Valcourt will be resigning from his position. The resignation of Brother Valcourt is due to health issues he has been battling with for the last two years. Luis want's the membership to know that he wishes nothing but the best for his station (SJU) and his TWU Local 501.
As an Executive Board Member for the last five years Luis stated they were the most challenging years at American for him, but the best years of his career. Brother Valcourt can resign with pride as the years he served the membership as the Local Ranking Union Official of SJU helped produce recalls to the Island, the Change of Shift Policy, New Equipment and better Working Conditions with respect and integrity.
Our Administration wishes Luis all the best and thank him for all of the hard work he put into serving the members of Air Transport, Local 501.
With the void that Brother Valcourt leaves behind our Executive Board will have to figure out how to continue to serve the SJU membership with a strong representation team.
Victor J. Gonzalez
Brothers and Sisters,
The Executive Negotiating Committee met face to face with American Airlines this week in Washington DC.
The Letters of Agreement that were reviewed and designated by the Association subcommittee, were presented to the company. An agreement was reached by the parties on what letters will still need to be discussed and incorporated into the JCBA, what letters will be retained, and what letters will be eliminated that are no longer relevant.
Discussions continued for MLS and MCT on Qualifications, Filling of Vacancies and Overtime procedures. Progress was made.
Agreement was reached to continue the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and to establish a Ground Safety Action Program (GSAP) program that will apply to Association represented ground personnel. These valuable programs help to promote a safer workplace while creating greater protections for our members.
In depth discussions began on the Scope Article for Fleet Service.
Discussions on Union Security/Dues Check Off for all groups were also held, we are close to a tentative agreement for that article.
In keeping with being productive between negotiation sessions, an Association subcommittee will meet in DFW next week to finalize the Leave of Absence Matrix chart (to be put in the JCBA) that will reflect the previously tentative agreement of the Leave of Absence Article.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume December 11 in Dallas.
Fleet Negotiating Committee:
Mark Baskett, William Fa, Mike Fairbanks ,Tim Hughes, Steve Miller, Tim Murphy, Pat Rezle,r Art Risley, Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker, Bill Wilson.
Mechanic and Related/Stores Committee:
Jason Best, Mike Bush, Ken Coley, John Coveny, Dale Danker, Mark Huffman, Bennie Martino, Gary Peterson, Rollie Reaves, Sean Ryan, Jay Sleeman, Mark Strength.