Monthly Archives: December 2015

Association Presents Positions/Proposals to American


The TWU-IAM Association yesterday presented American Airlines with a comprehensive package of positions/proposals that will serve as the foundation to achieve joint collective bargaining agreements for 30,000 ground workers at the largest, most profitable airline.


Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, Chair and Vice Chair of the Association, attended the opening of negotiations and reiterated to American management that only the industry’s best contracts will be acceptable and reminded them of the past sacrifices made by Association members that have enabled American to be the largest and most profitable airline in the world.


After the Association presented the positions/proposals to American, management representatives then caucused to take a cursory look at the openers. Management then returned, complimented the negotiating committees on their level of detail and prep work and agreed to set future bargaining dates. Those dates will be announced when they are confirmed.


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30,000 TWU-IAM Association Members Open Negotiations With American Airlines

Amid unprecedented company and industry profitability, the TWU-IAM Association today announced that it commenced the largest ever joint contract negotiations with American Airlines for approximately 30,000 ground workers in Dallas, Texas.
“American Airlines is booking record profits quarter after quarter because of its merger with US Airways. The carrier will more than double its earnings this year as compared to last year’s results,” said Association Chairman and Vice Chairman Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, respectively. “The time has come for the 30,000 TWU-IAM Association members to achieve what they rightfully deserve: the industry’s best contracts.”
“It was these workers who sacrificed when times were bad and made it possible for American to not only survive, but now thrive,” continued Pantoja and Lombardo. “It’s high time they receive their just rewards by attaining the job security, compensation, working conditions and the dignified retirement they rightfully deserve. Nothing less will suffice.”
American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013, creating the largest global airline. In response to that consolidation, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) formed a labor alliance, representing approximately 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores/Logistics employees. Prior to the merger, TWU represented pre-merger ground workers at American and IAM represented their pre-merger US Airways counterparts.
The TWU-IAM Association is the largest labor union at American Airlines.
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LTD/STD Plan Administrator

To: All Local Presidents and Benefit Coordinators

Union Benefit Planners is pleased to announce Shawnya Canfield as the new LTD/STD Plan Administrator. Shawnya comes to us with several years of benefits experience with these plans and will be a great asset. She is assuming the responsibilities formerly handled by Cara Steelman.

To reach Shawnya, her contact information is listed below:

Shawnya Canfield
LTD/STD Administrator
TWU Local 513
759 N. Kimball
Southlake, TX 76092
Telephone: (817) 481-5533
Fax: (817) 329-0270

For assistance with all other Voluntary benefits, please continue to call (866) 386-6060.

Happy Holidays,

Local 501 Holiday Message

Brothers and Sister's,

As 2015 comes to an end, our Local 501 Executive Board would like to wish all of our members and their family a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. In 2016 we the TWU as a whole will have many expectations and experience many challenges in the Air Transport Division.

Pertaining to the Equity Distribution, should the Judge rule in our favor, our members will promptly receive their remaining share.

As for the Pre-funding Arbitration case which was held in DFW on November 17 & 18, 2015, there are briefs in the case that still remain to be presented scheduled in January 2016. If the Arbitrator rules in the TWU's favor our members should receive the Pre­funding/Retiree Medical company match.

The most important expectation for our members in 2016, most certainly will be the accomplishment of obtaining Industry Leading Joint Collective Bargaining Agreements for our Mechanic & Related and Fleet Service Clerks.

When the JCBA's are in place, our Executive Board will need ALL of our membership's continued support more than ever as we navigate through complex agreements for the next few years. In 2016 and into the future your administration is prepared for any and all challenges we may face, and are committed to providing a robust representation for our entire membership.



Victor J. Gonzalez