AA Bargaining Update – May 27

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 23 in Dallas.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

During this week’s sessions, your Negotiating Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Furlough/Severance – M&R, MLS, MTS & MCT: We reached a tentative agreement on this article.
  • Termination of Employment: This article was incorporated into the Furlough/Severance article and a tentative agreement was reached to eliminate “Furlough/Severance” from the JCBA.
  • Training/Travel Pay – M&R, MLS, MTS & MCT: We exchanged a proposal on this article with the company and are awaiting their response.
  • Field Trips/Travel Pay – M&R, MLS, MTS & MCT: Your committee has developed language to adequately address the membership’s concerns related to this article and is prepared to submit our proposal to the company during the next negotiating session.
     

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part Time Employees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Adjustment/Arbitration
Temporary Employees/Eliminated
Furlough/Severance Termination of Employment/Eliminated  

 

Below is the negotiations schedule for the next three months (corrected from the omission of last week’s bulletin):

Week of June 13, DFW Week of July 11, DFW Week of August 8, DFW
Week of June 20, DCA Week of July 25, NYC Week of August 22, NYC
Week of June 27, DFW Week of August 1, DFW Week of August 29, DCA

Fraternally,

Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny
Dale Danker Mark Huffman Bennie Martino Gary Peterson
Larry Pike Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength

 

Fleet Service Update

Although we have not reached tentative agreements on specific, open joint contract articles, we have worked very hard and have made progress. When we exchanged our initial proposals with the company regarding open articles, we found several differences that needed to be resolved. As the process has moved forward, we have resolved several of them. We’ve made substantial progress on open articles and are closer to achieving tentative agreements on these important joint contract provisions.

This week the Fleet Negotiating Committee reached TAs on the following articles:

  • Furlough Benefits (formerly “Severance Allowance”) – We were able to reach an agreement with enhancements for Association members.
  • Termination of Employment – This article was removed from the TWU agreement and language has been inserted into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Shift Trades – After multiple exchanges with the company, we achieved a comprehensive agreement on this article.

Thus far, the Fleet Committee has tentative agreements on the following Articles:

Shift Differential Preamble Training, Travel Pay, Meal Per Diem
Grievance Procedures Leaves of Absence Meal Periods
Representation Field Work System Board of Adjustment
Uniforms Absence from Duty No strike / No Lockout
Fitness for Duty Bulletin Boards Probation
Safety & Health Purpose of Agreement Termination of Employment
Shift Trades Furlough Benefits  

Our next negotiating session is scheduled for the week of June 13, and the next three weeks thereafter.

Fraternally,

Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler
Art Risley Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson

AA Negotiations Update – May 20

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 16 in Dallas.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

During this week’s sessions, your negotiating committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Hours of Service: We exchanged this proposal with the company and engaged in discussions on this article specific to Rebids (Bids).
  • Hours of Service—MTS: We passed a counter proposal to American on this article.
  • Training—M&R-MTS-MCT-MLS: We issued a proposal on this article to the company.
  • Severance—M&R-MLS-MTS-MCT: We submitted our initial proposal on this article to American.
  • Field Trips—M&R-MLS-MTS: We developed language to propose to the company on this article.

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part Time Employees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Adjustment/Arbitration
Temporary Employees/Eliminated

Below is the negotiations schedule for the next three months:

Week of June 20, DCA Week of July 25, NYC Week of August 22, NYC
Week of June 27, DFW Week of August 1, DFW Week of August 29, DCA
Week of July 11, DFW Week of August 8, DFW  

Fraternally,

Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny
Dale Danker Mark Huffman Bennie Martino Gary Peterson
Larry Pike Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength

 

Fleet Service Update

While your negotiating committee began the week optimistically, the company continues to fall very short of the expectations it set and relayed to Association members when negotiations began.

Your committee remains dedicated to the negotiations process, but is disappointed by the lack of progress, due almost entirely to company management’s work-rule proposals that would adversely impact the membership’s quality of life.

Although we did not achieve any TAs this week, the committee was able to narrow down the issues on a number of the remaining open articles. We exchanged multiple proposals regarding Shift Trades, Work Schedules, and Hours of Work.

We have not received any new proposals from the company, but did propose language regarding Severance Allowance and are awaiting American’s response.

Future Fleet negotiations dates and locations are as follows:

Week of May 23, DFW Week of July 18, DCA Week of August 22, NYC
Week of June 13, DFW Week of July 25, NYC Week of August 29, DCA
Week of June 20, DCA Week of August 1, DFW  
Week of June 27, DFW Week of August 8, DFW  

Fraternally,

Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler
Art Risley Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson

 

AA Negotiations Update – May 13

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 9 in Washington, D.C. The committees received a visit from TWU International President and Association Vice Chair, Harry Lombardo, on Tuesday. He addressed the committee with his thoughts, and restated his commitment and support to the Association and these negotiations.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

During this week’s sessions, your negotiating committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Hours of Service: We exchanged this proposal with the company and engaged in discussions on this article specific to Rebids (Bids).
  • Training: We continued to work on this article to prepare for our response to the company’s proposal.
  • Shift Swaps: We received an answer to this proposal from the company and are dissatisfied with their response. The issue is narrowed down to a single item and we have provided a reasonable solution, but the company is currently unwilling to move from its position and has not provided any reasonable argument to support its stance. Your committee has decided to put this article aside in an effort to continue moving these negotiations forward and will revisit this article in the future.
  • Hours of Service—MCT-MTS: We have received counter proposals from the company and continue to work on these articles.

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part TimeEmployees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Adjustment/Arbitration
Temporary Employees/Eliminated

The parties have agreed to the negotiations schedule below for the next two months:

Week of May 16, DFW Week of June 13, DFW Week of June 27, DFW
Week of May 23, DFW Week of June 20, DCA  

Fraternally,

Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny
Dale Danker Mark Huffman Bennie Martino Gary Peterson
Larry Pike Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength

Fleet Service Update

The company still has not provided us with any new proposals on the articles from our openers in December 2015. They have also not responded with counterproposals to any of the outstanding articles. The only thing American Airlines
management has done is continue to propose unacceptably weak contract language in articles throughout the agreement, and we will continue to reject such proposals.

This week, the Fleet Committee offered the following counterproposals:

  • We have made our counter proposal on Shift Trades to provide enhancements for the membership.
  • We countered the company’s proposal on Hours of Work, and after several table discussions, the company is reviewing our language.
  • We countered the company’s proposal on Work Schedules, and after several table discussions, the company is reviewing our proposal.
  • We informed the company that we are not interested in Temporary Employees and our position has not changed to eliminate this provision. The company is currently unwilling to move from their position, with arguments that are baseless and contentious.
  • The company has refused to change their position on the Sick Leave article. Your committee refuses to allow the company to treat us like second-class citizens regarding this important aspect of our contract.

While several articles remain unresolved, rest assured we will continue to fight for the best possible agreement for the members: we refuse to back down.

Our future Fleet negotiations dates and locations are as follows:

Week of May 16, DFW Week of June 27, DFW Week of August 8, DFW
Week of May 23, DFW Week of July 18, DCA Week of August 22, LGA
Week of June 13, DFW Week of July 25, LGA Week of August 29, DCA
Week of June 20, DCA Week of August 1, DFW  

Fraternally,

Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler
Art Risley Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson

 

AA Negotiations Update – April 29

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of April 25 in Washington, D.C. Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

During this week’s sessions, your Negotiating Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Temporary Employees: We reached a tentative agreement to eliminate this article.
  • Hours of Service: We exchanged proposals on this article specific to rebids (bids).
  • Meal Periods: We continued discussions on this article.
  • Training: The committee continued work on this article in preparation to respond to the company’s proposal.
  • Shift Swaps: We exchanged several proposals and have narrowed this issue down to what we understand to be a single item.
  • Grievance Procedure: We continued discussions on this article, which is the basis for enforcing the contract. We are down to one item and will continue to work to achieve a tentative agreement.
  • General and Miscellaneous: We continued to move items from this article to more appropriate areas of the agreement in an effort to simplify the contract. We will continue this process during upcoming sessions.

At the request of the membership, the following is a list of articles on which we have reach tentative agreements.

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part TimeEmployees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Adjustment/Arbitration
Temporary Employees/Eliminated

The parties have agreed to the negotiations schedule below for the next two months:

Week of May 9, DCA Week of May 23, DFW Week of June 20, DFW
Week of May 16, DFW Week of June 13, DFW Week of June 27, DFW

Fraternally,

Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny
Dale Danker Mark Huffman Bennie Martino Gary Peterson
Larry Pike Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength

Fleet Service Update

To date, the Association Fleet Committee has exchanged the following proposals with the company:

  • Sick Leave – Your committee exchanged its counter proposal to the company and is awaiting a response.
  • Temporary Employees – The parties previously exchanged proposals on this article and we remain far apart from an acceptable resolution. The committee has tabled this article for additional discussion.
  • Recognition of Rights – We have exchanged multiple proposals on this article and have made no headway with the company. The article has been tentatively agreed to by the Maintenance and Related/Stores Committee, yet the company is proposing different language for the Fleet Service classification. This is not acceptable. We have tabled this article for additional discussion.
  • Hours of Service – We have received the company’s counter proposal on this article, which they included in Work Schedules. The committee’s position is that we will keep these as two separate articles. The company’s proposal also included shift trade language and we are working on our counter proposal.
  • The company did not provide us with any new counter proposals on the outstanding articles from our opening pass in December 2015.

This week, the Fleet Committee reached tentative agreement on the following article:

  • Grievance Procedures – After months of battling with the company, your committee has achieved tentative agreement regarding this article that will give members additional protections.

Thus far, the Association Fleet Committee has tentative agreement on the following Articles:

Shift Differential Leaves of Absence Training, Travel Pay, Meal Per Diem
Grievance Procedures Field Work Meal Periods
Representation Absence from Duty System Board of Adjustment
Uniforms Bulletin Boards No strike / No Lockout
Fitness for Duty Purpose of Agreement Probation
Safety & Health Preamble  

Our future Fleet negotiations dates and locations are as follows:

Week of May 9, DCA Week of May 23, DFW Week of June 20, DFW
Week of May 16, DFW Week of June 13, DFW Week of June 27, DFW

Fraternally,

Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler
Art Risley Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson
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