Monthly Archives: January 2016

Despite Blizzard, AA Talks Continue

Sisters and Brothers,

 
With some difficulty traveling due to winter storm Jonas, the Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of January 25 in Washington, DC.
 
We continue to make steady and thorough progress toward a new joint collective bargaining agreement, and remain firm in our stance to advocate what is best for the membership. Our main goal continues to be to incorporate the best of both contracts into a joint agreement. Download this communication
 
The following is the update for Fleet Service:
 
• Due to various complexities regarding the representation and grievance procedure provisions, we were unable to present our proposals to the company, but plan to do so in our next session.
 
• Following additional language revisions, we will also plan to pass a counter proposal to the company addressing fitness for duty language.
 
• On Thursday, the company presented initial proposals regarding bulletin boards and uniforms, which we are currently reviewing.

 
We are scheduled to continue negotiations during the following weeks: February 8 in BWI, February 29 in DFW, March 14 in JFK, March 21 in DFW and March 28 TBD. 

We appreciate your continued patience and solidarity throughout this process, and will continue to provide updates after each session.
 


In solidarity,











 
Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler
Art Risley Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson
 
 
The following is the update for Mechanic and Related/Stores:
 
• We have exchanged proposals with the company regarding fitness for duty and engaged in lengthy discussions on the understanding and interpretation of this article in a forward looking application. We are now awaiting the company’s response to our proposal.
 
• We have also exchanged proposals on grievance procedures, which is a particularly complex task, as we are blending two existing, mature practices. This article is the foundation of our ability to enforce your rights under the agreement, so we are working through it with extreme diligence and care. We are now awaiting the company’s response to our proposal.
 
• Due to various complexities surrounding the above-mentioned articles, we were unable to present our proposals to the company regarding the system board of adjustment and probation articles, but plan to do so in our next session. 
 
• On Thursday, we received initial proposals from the company on bulletin boards and uniforms.
 
We are scheduled to continue negotiations during the following weeks: February 8 in BWI, February 29 in DFW, March 7 in DCA, March 21 in DFW and March 28 TBD. 

We appreciate your continued patience and solidarity throughout this process, and will continue to provide updates after each session.
 


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

Remembering Our Founder

Cover of TWU Express Announcing death of Mike Quill in January 1966  

Fifty years ago today, just days after leading a successful transit strike that brought New York City to its knees, TWU’s founder and fiery leader Michael J. Quill passed away.

 
While commemorating the anniversary of his death, TWU members honor Quill's legacy every day by fighting against discrimination, improving workplace policies and protections, and standing up for working men and women who are striving to reach the American Dream.
 
Thank you, Mike Quill, for creating our union and making us what we are today: United Invincible.

Now Boarding, the TWU App!

We’re pleased to announce the first version of the TWU mobile app, designed to allow our members to stay up to date with TWU news, information and photos no matter where they are. As promised at the convention, we want to open the lines of communication between TWU International and our locals. We want to keep you informed, and we know that you’re on the go, keeping America moving. Download the app for Apple or Android from your app store.
 
Smartphone with TWU app home screen, icons and TWU logoSo you asked, and we heard: you want information. You want to hear from us. You want timely updates on negotiations, news alerts, and member stories, and you want to know what happens, when it happens. You want an open and transparent exchange of ideas, and you want to be kept up to date on the issues facing this union, whether they’re related to contracts, legislation, internal committees, or even photos of members in action.
 
The goal of this first version of the app is to test those features and functions and see how you like them. We want this to work for you, so we’ll be making tweaks and adjustments along the way, and you may see some changes as our website changes as well. But at the end of the day, you can expect the app to remain a current, one-stop resource for you to keep up with all things TWU. 
 
All we ask is that you spread the word: in the breakroom, on social media, and everywhere in between, please share the app with your brothers and sisters, help them download it, and encourage them to use it. And if you have feedback, please share it with us, or rate it in your phone’s app store.
 
Our ability to communicate is only as strong as your willingness to participate, share and engage. We hope you’ll join us in this next step toward making TWU a 21st century union.

Negotiations Continue This Week

Sisters and Brothers,


Your TWU-IAM Association Fleet Service and Mechanic & Related Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Washington D.C. to continue joint contract negotiations. Below is each committee’s update of this week’s discussions. Each committee was able to reach preliminary, tentative agreements pertaining some of the articles discussed.

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Fleet Service Negotiations Update

Your TWU-IAM Association Fleet Service Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines this week in Washington, D.C. to continue joint contract negotiations. It was a productive week and progress was made. The union and the company discussed the following topics:

Probationary Period
Grievance Procedures
System Board
Fitness for Duty

Your committee exchanged multiple proposals regarding the above issues with the company.



In solidarity,

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

 







Mechanic and Related/Stores Negotiations Update

Sisters and Brothers,


The Mechanic and Related and Stores Negotiating Committee met with the company the week of January 18 in Washington, D.C. During this session your committee continued discussions with the company and the following articles were discussed:

Fitness for Duty
Grievance Procedure
Representation
Probation

After several exchanges with the company, the parties have narrowed their positions on the above articles. In addition, we continued to review System Board of Adjustment.

Steady and thorough progress is being made toward a new JCBA. We are keeping in mind the best interest of the membership as we consider every detail of each article.

We are scheduled to continue negotiations in Washington next week, and the weeks of Feb. 8 at BWI, Feb. 29 at DFW, March 7 in DCA, March 21 in DFW and March 28 TBD.

In closing, your continued solidarity and support is appreciated and necessary as we move forward into the more difficult areas of JCBA negotiations. Updates to the membership will continue after each session.

In solidarity,

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