Monthly Archives: June 2016

Javits Memorandum to the Membership

Sisters and Brothers,

In other news this week, the TWU-IAM Association met this week in Washington D.C. to continue the seniority integration process. This follows efforts that began with our joint TWU-IAM seniority committee who met last November. The work of that committee initiated the seniority integration process and identified issues and differences in need of further attention in order to reach final integrated seniority lists.

Based on the committee’s work and in order to establish final fair and equitable seniority lists, the Association decided to obtain assistance from an experienced and nationally recognized Neutral to analyze, make recommendations and, if necessary, decide seniority issues in accordance with our earlier seniority integration commitments and agreements.

To conduct this comprehensive analysis and to create final integrated seniority lists, the Association has obtained the services of Joshua M. Javits. Javits is a former Chairman and member of the National Mediation Board, member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and a neutral on the labor arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. Mr. Javits has unrivaled practical experience issuing reports and recommendations regarding the fair and equitable integration of seniority.

Mr. Javits will review and analyze the seniority committee’s work thus far, will gather information from the Company and will work with the Association to prepare final integrated seniority lists.

Javits will introduce himself to the Association membership in his own communication to you. There, he will further describe his responsibilities in this process and how input from members can be provided to him. Also, he will advise of the process to protest one’s placement on the list(s), once issued, in order to make corrections where errors may have occurred.

Read Memorandum to the Membership here

 

AA Bargaining Update – June 24

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of June 20 in Washington, D.C.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Update on Seniority Integration

Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

Your Negotiating Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Holidays – M&R, MLS, MTS & MCT: Your committee exchanged initial proposals on this article with the company.
  • Field Trips/Travel Pay – M&R & MLS: Your committee received a counter proposal from the company on this article. We are preparing a proposal to present to the company at the next session.
  • Overtime – M&R, MLS & MCT: After a thorough review and discussion, we presented a proposal on this article to the company. We are nearing completion on the procedures and rules for distribution, solicitation and grievance process for overtime bypasses. We have not received a counter proposal from the company at this point.
  • Attendance at Training: We received a counter proposal from the company on this article and the parties have narrowed the differences in their positions.

Additionally, during this week’s sessions, your Negotiating Committee spent time with our Seniority Integration Committee discussing seniority issues specific to negotiating the JCBA.

The Negotiation Committee will reconvene in DFW next week, June 27, 2016.
 

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part Time Employees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Adjustment/Arbitration
Temporary Employees/Eliminated
Furlough/Severance Termination of Employment/Eliminated  

Upcoming negotiating sessions:

Week of June 27, DFW Week of August 1, DFW Week of August 22, NYC
Week of July 11, DFW Week of August 8, DFW Week of August 29, DCA
Week of July 25, DFW    

Fraternally,

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

 

Fleet Service Update

The week began with a seniority integration meeting at the TWU International office, which included the Seniority Integration Committee, the Negotiating Committee and other representatives of the Association. The Seniority Integration Committee will continue its work parallel with joint contract negotiations.

As we returned to the table with American Airlines, the company forwarded its proposal regarding holidays, which fell far below the expectation of the membership considering the record profits American Airlines continues to post quarter after quarter. Using the strength of the Association’s crafts and classes, we jointly developed appropriate proposals in response that leverage our solidarity. It is now up to the company to respond accordingly, and we will continue to push back until they offer us the consistency to treat all crafts and classes equally. We will not allow the company to divide us!

We also received the company’s proposal on overtime, and we are currently evaluating it and devising a response. Additionally, we exchanged another round of proposals on the Hours of Work article that unfortunately did not bring us any closer to a tentative agreement. As you can see, we are now getting into the more contentious articles of this contract, and we will continue to hold the line on behalf of our members.

Our next negotiating session is scheduled for the week of June 27 in Dallas.

Fraternally,

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

TWU-IAM Joint Association

AA Bargaining Update (May 27)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 23 in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below. Read more   Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

AA Bargaining Update (May 20)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 16 in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below. Read more    Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

AA Bargaining Update (May 13)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 9 in Washington, D.C. The committees received a visit from TWU International President and Association Vice Chair, Harry Lombardo, on Tuesday. He addressed the committee with his thoughts, and restated his commitment and support to the Association and these negotiations. Updates from both committees are below.  Read more  Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

AA Bargaining Update (April 29)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of April 25 in Washington, D.C. Updates from both committees are below. Read more    Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

AA M&R/Stores Bargaining Update (April 22)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of April 18 in DFW. During this week’s sessions, your Negotiating Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles: Read more    Download this communication

AA Bargaining Update (April 14)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of April 11 in Dallas. While the Joint Association reconciled each union’s agreements months ago, the company continues to pass proposals containing language that we feel is not in the best interest of our joint membership. Updates from both committees are below. Read more  Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

AA Bargaining Update (April 1)

 

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of March 28 in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below Read more. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

 

AA Bargaining Update (March 25)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of March 21 in Dallas. Read more   Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

 

AA, Fleet Service Negotiations (March 18)

 

The TWU-IAM Association Fleet Service Negotiating Committee and American Airlines continued joint contract negotiations this week in New York. Read more   Download this communication

 

Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiations Update (March 11)

The Mechanic & Related/Stores negotiating committee met with American Airlines this week in Washington, DC. Contrary to the message being delivered by management returning from the leadership conference in Dallas, your committee has not received any proposals related to compensation. The Fleet Service negotiating committee will be meeting next week.  Read more   Download this communication

 

AA Negotiations Update (March 4)

The TWU-IAM Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Committees met with American Airlines this week in Texas to continue contract negotiations. The TWU-IAM Association is the largest union at American and your negotiating committees remain in solidarity to provide the membership with exceptional contracts for all workgroups. Read more    Download Mechanics & Related Stores    Download Fleet Service

 

AA Negotiations Continue in Baltimore This Week (Feb. 12)

 

The TWU-IAM Fleet Service and Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committees met this week in Baltimore, Md. and continued joint contract negotiations with American Airlines. Read more    Download this communication

 

Despite Blizzard, AA Talks Continue (Jan. 29)

 

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. Read more   Download this communication

Association Continues Negotiations This Week (Jan. 22)

Your TWU-IAM Association Fleet Service and Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Miami to continue joint contract negotiations. Each committee was able to reach preliminary, tentative agreements pertaining to some of the articles discussed this week. Read more    Download this communication

AA Bargaining Update – June 17

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of June 13 in Dallas.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

During this week’s sessions, your Negotiating Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Training/Travel Pay – M&R, MLS & MCT: We exchanged proposals on this article with the company.
  • Field Trips/Travel Pay – M&R & MLS: Your committee presented a proposal on this article to the company.
  • Overtime – M&R, MLS & MCT: After a thorough review and discussion, we presented a proposal on this article to the company. We are nearing completion on the procedures and rules for distribution, solicitation and grievance process for overtime bypasses.

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part Time Employees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Adjustment/Arbitration
Temporary Employees/Eliminated
Furlough/Severance Termination of Employment/Eliminated  

Upcoming negotiating sessions:

Week of June 20, DCA Week of July 25, NYC Week of August 22, NYC
Week of June 27, DFW Week of August 1, DFW Week of August 29, DCA
Week of July 11, DFW Week of August 8, DFW  

Fraternally,

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

 

Fleet Service Update

We exchanged multiple proposals that addressed the outstanding issues regarding Hours of Work and Work Schedules and made significant progress on both of these articles.

Your committee also worked on proposals for Overtime and Classifications, and the company indicated that they are preparing to pass their Overtime proposal during our next session.

Thus far, the Fleet Committee has tentative agreements on the following Articles:

Shift Differential Preamble Training, Travel Pay, Meal Per Diem
Grievance Procedures Leaves of Absence Meal Periods
Representation Field Work System Board of Adjustment
Uniforms Absence from Duty No strike / No Lockout
Fitness for Duty Bulletin Boards Probation
Safety & Health Purpose of Agreement Termination of Employment
Shift Trades Furlough Benefits  

Our next negotiating session is scheduled for the week of June 20 in Washington, D.C.

Fraternally,

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

 

 

 

 

 

TWU Endorses Hillary Clinton

Brothers and Sisters:

The International Administrative Committee is proud to announce TWU’s endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. As Election 2016 nears, we hope each and every one of you will consider this endorsement and the great privilege that comes with voting. 

We hear from many of our members that you don’t like to be told for whom to cast your ballot. That’s fair. But there is simply too much at stake in this particular election for us to sit quietly on the sidelines any longer. The differences between the two remaining candidates are staggering, and we must spend the next five months doing everything we can to ensure that our movement will survive this election. 

The best way to do that is to honor your responsibility as a union member and a citizen and get educated on the facts. Our next president will decide who sits on the Supreme Court, a body whose decisions have decades’ long impacts on the lives of working people: your healthcare, your retirement, and your ability to organize and bargain collectively. Do we want someone appointing justices who will do right by the middle class in this country, or do we want someone whose appointments will protect the ruling elite? Donald Trump is a fraud with a long history of selling out working people to protect his bottom line. Hillary Clinton has come a long way on her journey of fighting for us. 

For most of us, what we’re really after is a seat at the table, and a chance to do right by our families, or perhaps, an opportunity for our children to do even better than we have. Brothers and sisters, we can tell you with absolute certainty that Donald Trump does not share that vision with you. He does not want to protect your pension, or make it harder for your employer to take advantage of you by declaring bankruptcy, or make it easier for you to organize on the job. He may appeal to your frustrations with government or your nostalgia for a time where our country looked or behaved differently, but he is not the answer to your problems. In fact, he is the source of many of them. He is the establishment. He is the corporate elite that is to blame for so much of the economic imbalance that exists in our country today. A vote for Donald Trump is irresponsible and dangerous.

We trust that Hillary Clinton will make good on her promises to working people. We know that she hears us. We know that she’s committed to investing in America’s infrastructure, to protecting retirement benefits, raising the minimum wage, and championing unions. She has committed, in her first 100 days, to propose the biggest investment in American infrastructure since we built the Interstate Highway System, and has said she’ll fight with us side by side to get the contracts we deserve with America’s biggest airlines. She’s walked our picket lines, she’s done her homework, and she’s learned a great deal about what it means to be a union member – to get up and go to work every day and fight to earn a decent living, and to stand up for what you believe in.  The choice this November is simple: expand access to economic stability and a pathway to the middle class, protect working people’s voices on the job, and appoint justices to the Supreme Court who will look out for everyday Americans, not just the wealthy one percent.

These issues – and the people who get to decide them – matter.  It’s time to connect all the dots and make your voice heard. Because we all want a voice: at home, on the job, and of course, in the way our government works. We all want a say in making sure our elected representatives act in the best interests of working people.  Join us this November, brothers and sisters, and be heard!


United Invincible,
The TWU International Administrative Committee