Monthly Archives: October 2015

Message from Joint Association Leadership

Dear TWU-IAM Association Member,

As the regular Joint Association bulletins report, your Mechanic and Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees are working hard to finalize joint contract proposals. In the meantime, TWU-IAM Joint Association Leadership is preparing a longer term strategy and formal rollout plan to initiate joint contract negotiations with American Airlines, ensuring we enter the process in the strongest possible position to fight for our members. It has become necessary to correct the recent misconception—perpetuated by some individuals—that the TWU-IAM Association has somehow dragged its feet in this process.

The TWU-IAM Association was certified by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that determines representation issues in the airline industry, on May 19, 2015, five months ago. Although the TWU-IAM Association was created in 2013, it did not have legal certification and thus could not act as a certified bargaining agent before NMB certification. 

Since the Association was certified by the NMB five months ago, it has named the negotiating committees, conducted individual and joint committee training, and determined servicing and negotiating responsibilities for all work groups in all classes and crafts. The Mechanic and Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees have both met for six separate week- long sessions to reconcile contract language from existing pre-merger agreements and write new joint contract language for 30,000 ground workers at American Airlines.

These are complex tasks and the committee members should be thanked for their hard work on behalf of Association members, not wrongly criticized for any delay.

What should be pointed out, however, is a less well known and politically motivated ploy that needlessly delayed the Association’s certification, thereby delaying the entire joint collective bargaining process. Due to the frivolous objection to the Association’s NMB’s certification by a misguided individual on August 21, 2014, the process to certify the TWU-IAM Association as the legal collective bargaining agent was set back for months. This unwarranted objection to the NMB came days after the TWU-IAM Association filed for a determination of single carrier status on August 6, 2014. Certification came 10 months later in May 2015. 

The failed attempt to derail the Association was dismissed by the NMB, but nonetheless had to be investigated and needlessly delayed the process of ultimate certification for many months. In contrast, both flight attendants and passenger service employees at American received a determination of single carrier status in less than two months and American pilots waited less than seven months for their NMB determination. 

The TWU-IAM Association will be at the negotiating table shortly with American Airlines and will demand the industry’s best contracts for all 30,000 Association members. Rest assured, we will be prepared, and will not cut corners. 

We understand the membership’s desire to gain the industry-best terms of employment you rightfully deserve. And terms of employment are more than just wage rates; they are strengthened job security provisions, fair health insurance, better working conditions, and enhanced retirement security, among many other components. 

To obtain accurate information regarding joint contract negotiations, please refer to Negotiating Committee bulletins at,,, and other applicable TWU local websites. 

For more clarification, you can contact the below Negotiating Committee members for further information:

IAM—Mechanic and Related/Stores, Sean Ryan, (757) 618-4652.
 TWU—Mechanic and Related/Stores, Sean Doyle (primary), (614) 214-3454 and David Virella, (817) 773-4054.

IAM—Fleet Service, Mark Baskett, (704) 860-1802.

TWU—Fleet Service, David Virella (primary), (817) 773-4054 and Sean Doyle, (614) 214-3454. 

Sincerely and fraternally,

Sito Pantoja

TWU-IAM Association Chairman

IAMAW General Vice President, Transportation

Harry Lombardo

TWU-IAM Vice Chairman

TWU International President


TWU/IAM Seniority Integration Committee Meeting

October 19, 2015

TO: Andre Sutton – Local 502 Mike Mayes – Local 505 – Johnny Delathouder – Local 513 Ron Harp – Local 513 – Jason Best – Local 514 Jose Carballo – Local 567 Eddie Suarez – Local 591 Mike Bush – Local 591 Jerry Mishak – Local 591

RE: TWU/IAM Seniority Integration Committee Meeting

Dear Brothers:
The TWU/IAM Seniority Integration Committee Meeting scheduled for November 9 – 13, 2015 will take place at the TWU International offices  beginning each day at 9:00 am and concluding at 5:00 pm.

As a reminder, November 9th and November 13th will be travel days. Reservations will be made for you at the following hotel:


David J. Virella
International Representative

STD & LTD Plan Administrator

To: TWU AA, AE & US Airways Local Presidents From: Garry Drummond, ATD Director
Date: October 19, 2015
Re: STD & LTD Plan Administrator

Effective immediately, Union Benefit Planners is taking over the administration of the Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability Plans.

There will be a new coordinator, but during the transition, please direct inquiries, enrollment paperwork or issues to Union Benefit Planners. They can be reached as follows:

Telephone: (866) 386-6060

Facsimile: (866) 910-5078

Email:  and copy to:

As soon as we receive additional information, we will forward it accordingly.

TWU Veteran’s Committee Charges Forward

Members of the Veterans Committee at their meeting in Chicago
The TWU Veteran’s Committee (TWUVC) convened their quarterly meeting in Chicago this week, hosted by Locals 512 and 572, with attendees from 15 other locals around the country. As part of TWU’s promise to invest in our veterans and strengthen the committee structure, the Veteran’s Committee has been hard at work pursuing an ambitious agenda aimed at broadening member communications, increasing legislative activity and continuing to support important charitable causes. 
One issue facing the committee is employer compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical issue for a number of wounded warriors returning to work and requiring accommodations at their work sites. Members devised an action plan that locals can implement to hold management accountable for notifying employees of ADA procedures. The committee also coordinated final preparations for the Hank Trujillo Memorial Operation Free PX drive, an annual charity event recently renamed in honor of the late TWUVC chair. Finally, they developed a plan to organize additional fundraising and construction support for Building Homes for Heroes, a national organization that helps construct homes for service members returning from overseas. 
The TWUVC believes strongly in the concept of members coming together across divisions, industries and braches to help veterans, and is guided by the TWU United Invincible motto: standing committed to serve those who need us most. As Brother Jesus Zamarron from Local 571 put it, “It was great to see the committee continue to grow, and I was personally inspired by what the members are doing back at their locals to carry out this mission.” 

Fleet Service Negotiating Committee Update, Mechanic and Related to Meet Next Week

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Your TWU-IAM Fleet Service Negotiating Committee met this week in Dallas and con-tinued reconciling both pre-merger collective bargaining agreements into one coherent, comprehensive joint contract proposal.

This necessary process has been intensive, time consuming and requires extreme scrutiny so that no area is overlooked. The interpretation and understanding of both contracts is paramount to our success and the future of all members of the Association.

We have made much progress toward our goal of completing the reconciliation process and getting to the table to negotiate the industry-best contract all Association members deserve.

We look forward to scheduling joint contract talks with American Airlines in the very near future. We understand the membership is anxious to begin bargaining and your ne-gotiating committee is eager to begin joint bargaining as well.

We thank you for your patience and support.

In solidarity,
Fleet Service Negotiations Committee