Monthly Archives: May 2015

2015 Quill Scholarship Recipients Announced

The idea for the scholarship program began at the thirteenth constitutional convention as a memorial to our first International President and other deceased members of our union. The fund provides 15 college scholarships of $1,200.00 each, annually renewable for four consecutive years. The scholarship money is paid directly to the college that the successful applicant attends and may be used only for tuition, college fees, or room and board while attending college and pursuing an undergraduate degree. Renewal of the scholarship for the second and succeeding years is conditioned upon successful completion of the regular course of studies in the preceding year, as attested by the college. We are particularly proud that the Quill Scholarship provides continued support to its recipients throughout their college careers.

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PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

Brothers & Sisters,

As our Local 501 Administration completes its first year in Office on June 1st, 2015, it is the perfect time to provide a brief Union update for our membership.

First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you to all of our Officers, Executive Board Members, Stewards, Benefits Coordinators, EAP, Safety, Veterans and WWC representatives for their hard work, dedication and commitment to serving the membership. It is with the efforts of these individuals that our members are protected and assisted in many ways on a daily basis.

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An update on medical services

As we integrate our two airlines, we will be changing how we deliver many of the services the AA Medical department previously provided to our employees.

The AA Medical team of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals has a long and proud history of providing caring on-site services to our employees at our clinics in Chicago, JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Tulsa and Headquarters. As we’ve studied how other large companies – including other airlines – deliver health services, the most effective model is to deliver some services in house and then partner with outside specialists and expert providers for certain services. This model aligns with the way US Airways handled many of these services prior to the merger, and makes the most sense for our combined – and now, much larger – airline.

We are working with the AA Medical staff to define and redesign how we deliver services that will remain in house and to partner with new external providers for those that are better performed by outside parties. We recognize this is a significant change for many employees who trust and rely on AA Medical professionals for their excellent and caring work. It will take several months to complete the transition and we will keep you informed as decisions are made.

What’s changing?

As we move forward, please note the following service changes and watch for more details as we address other services and implement each change.

• AA Medical clinics are no longer providing non-emergency clinical services like hearing checks, flu shots, immunizations, tympana grams and biometric screenings for Healthmatters. These services are available through Quest laboratories, retail "minute" clinics and your doctor’s office. Be sure you check with either United Healthcare or Blue Cross Blue Shield to ensure any external clinics or providers are in network for our health plan. Until further notice, AA Medical will continue to provide emergency first-aid for work-related injuries during clinic business hours.

• Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) approvals and Call-a-Nurse services for clearing return-to-work from a sick leave are transitioning to a new Leave of Absence (LOA) group in Human Resources later this summer. This team will be staffed largely by former AA Medical professionals. Please continue to use the established Call-a-Nurse phone line and FMLA fax numbers until further notice as we work through the transition.

• Department of Transportation (DOT) and collection for pre-employment drug and alcohol testing and fingerprinting will continue to be performed internally by our collectors at the existing clinic facilities in ORD, TUL, JFK, MIA, LAX and HDQ.

• AA Medical is maintaining records currently kept at AA Medical until further notice.

Looking Ahead

We still have much work to do to redesign the coordination and delivery of these services and transition treatment services to the type of high-quality providers our employees have come to expect. We’ll continue to keep you updated on our transition.

Out-of-network providers: What's changing and what you need to know

NMB Certifies TWU-IAM Associations at American Airlines

The National Mediation Board (NMB) today certified the TWU-IAM Association for the Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related and Stores classifications as the collective bargain-ing agent for all of the above classifications at American Airlines.
 
All three Associations were formed following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Both the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) agreed to jointly represent Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related, and Stores employees at the merged carrier instead of engaging in a long, costly and acrimonious representation dispute.
 
“With today’s ruling, the Associations can now get down to the business of negotiating the industry’s best contracts that our members deserve,” said TWU President Harry Lombardo and IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja in a joint statement.
 
The Associations requested on August 16, 2014 that the NMB make a determination of single carrier status for all classes and crafts covered by the Employee Associations. The NMB ruled on April 15, 2015 that American was operating as a single carrier for all groups covered by the Associations’ filing. The NMB’s process allowed a 30-day peri-od after a single carrier determination for any intervenor to supply a showing of interest to compete for representation of the employees affected. No such showing of interest was filed resulting in the Board issuing a certification of the TWU-IAM Associations as the recognized bargaining agents.
 
The TWU-IAM Association represents approximately 30,000 ground workers at
American Airlines and is the largest union at the carrier.