Monthly Archives: April 2015
Good afternoon Sisters and Brothers,
I wanted to share with you that I will be testifying on behalf of our great union before Congress this Thursday, April 23, on the importance of reauthorizing MAP-21, the federal surface transportation funding legislation. This is the first time a President of TWU has been asked to testify before Congress in recent memory, a task I am not taking lightly. On the heels of our Transit Transportation Legislation Training Conference, I plan on fully taking advantage of this opportunity to highlight the unique history of TWU; how we had the backbone to fight for working people. I will ask Congress where their backbone is when it comes to fighting for the priorities of our members, such as the need for greater and sustainable transit/transportation funding, opposing privatization of transit operations and ensuring the health and safety of transit workers by cutting down on assaults.
I will be testifying before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Thursday. The hearing begins at 10 am and I will be the fourth of four people to testify. The hearing can be viewed live by going to http://www.banking.senate.gov/public/ and clicking on the “Watch Live Hearing” link in the middle of the page (just note that the “Watch Live Hearing” link will only be available once the Committee hearing begins). I am asking that you share this information with your members and encourage them to listen in. We will also be posting information on TWU’s Facebook and Twitter page, @transportworker, which can and should be shared, reposted and retweeted as much as possible.
This is an important moment for our union. It’s time to let our elected representatives and the public know we are a force to be reckoned with. When I was given the honor of leading this union, I said I wanted to increase our influence and activity on Capitol Hill. Well I mean what I say. Let’s use this as an opportunity to move forward as one union and create positive change for our members and all working people.
TWU International President
"We need every TWU member to know that when they're at work, on the clock, their union has their back," said International President Lombardo. "We are with them and fighting for them on the shop floor, in negotiations with their employers, and in the offices of their elected representatives.
Dear Legacy American Tower Planners:
As you have likely heard by now, on Wednesday, the National Mediation Board (NMB) issued a decision that affects your workgroup. I want to let you know what this means for you now, and in the future.
First, a little background. As you know, the legacy American Tower Planners have not been represented by a union. At US Airways, the Tower Planners have been included in the Fleet Service “craft or class” that is represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM). A craft or class is the group of employees the NMB has determined is appropriate for purposes of union representation and collective bargaining based on the work they do (e.g., pilots are in a separate craft or class, flight attendants are in a separate craft or class). At legacy American, the employees in the Fleet Service craft or class are represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).
In anticipation of the merger, the TWU and the IAM formed an alliance (TWU-IAM) that would seek to jointly represent the Fleet Service employees at the new American. Last summer, the TWU-IAM alliance filed an application with the NMB to represent the Fleet Service employees at the new American. In Wednesday’s decision, the NMB agreed to process the application filed by the TWU-IAM alliance, and, as part of that ruling, the NMB determined that Tower Planners at the new American will be included in the Fleet Service craft or class. Once a union has been certified by the NMB to represent the Fleet Service craft or class, that union will represent the Tower Planners at the new American.
Under NMB rules, there is now a 30-day window during which any other union can file its own application supported by a “showing of interest” to represent all employees in the Fleet Service craft or class (including Tower Planners). That union would have to submit signed authorization cards from more than 50% of the Fleet Service employees to make the showing of interest the NMB requires. The NMB will then decide which union to certify as the representative of the Fleet Service employees at the new American. Once union representation has been settled, we can begin negotiating a new joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA) for all Fleet Service employees, including Tower Planners.
For now and while the JCBA is being negotiated, your pay, benefits and work rules will remain the same as they are today. Changes will only come once there is a new JCBA. In addition, I expect the JCBA to address seniority for the Fleet Service group.
I realize this news is still fresh and you may have more questions along the way. If you do, please reach out to your HR Business Partner or manager, and we’ll do our best to get you answers.
Senior Vice President – Customer Experience