Monthly Archives: September 2016

AA Bargaining Update, Sept. 30

Sisters and Brothers,

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of September 26 in DFW. Updates from both committees are below.

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Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

Hours of Service M&R & MLS – We continue to work on this article and are moving closer to an agreement.

  • Rebids- M&R & MLS – We reached a tentative agreement on this section of the Hours of Service article. The tentatively agreed to language includes three specific calendar rebids, which will provide stability for our membership.
  • Ten hour shifts  – We passed a proposal to the company about implementation and removal of ten hour shifts and are down to a single issue.

Overtime – M&R – We exchanged proposals again on this article. We have narrowed it down to a few issues. In this session we had contentious debate on the outstanding issues, and we remain steadfast in our positions on NO mandatory overtime, limiting job continuation and pay for overtime bypass. We are also working through the overtime distribution procedures; i.e., how the overtime will be called.

Vacation – M&R & MLS – We are still waiting on the company to respond to our proposal.

Vacation – MCT – We have not received a counter proposal from the company on this article.

Holidays – M&R, MLS, and MTS & MCT – We have narrowed this article down to how much we will be paid on a holiday. We did not receive a proposal from the company this week.

Limited Duty  – M&R, MLS, MCT & MTS – We received a counter proposal from the company this week in response to our original pass and are preparing our response.

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 Field Trip/Travel Pay
Shift Swaps (Change of Shift) Training: M&R MCT MLS Shift Swap MCT
Rebids    


As an Association, the M&R/MLS negotiating committees will continue to stand with our Fleet Service brothers and sisters as they work through their differences with the company concerning the implementation of cross utilization.

Upcoming negotiating sessions:

Week of Oct. 17: ORD Week of Nov. 14: DFW
Week of Oct. 24: DFW Week of Dec. 5: DCA
Week Nov. 7: LAS   Week of Dec. 12: LAS


We have also reached agreement on the outstanding issues arising from the interim agreement concerning: MOC rates of pay, Stores rates of pay and TWU Flex Rates. In addition, those members who would have reached top of scale (TOS) on or before November 4, 2016 will also be adjusted to TOS in the near future.

Resolving these issues would not have been possible without the solidarity of the membership and the Association’s Negotiating Committee. Thank you for your continued solidarity and support as we move forward in securing an industry leading contract.

Fraternally,

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

Fleet Service Update

In last week’s communication, we stated the Association was shown the company’s presentation on its cross utilization scheme that violates our collective bargaining agreements and the interim wage adjustment agreements. This is a blatant attack by the company to prematurely impose synergies that can only come from a new joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA). While our JCBA bargaining can be frustrating and sometimes confrontational, this tactic used by the company is disrespectful, dishonest and undermines the entire process.

At the company’s request, your committee met this week in Dallas/Fort Worth to continue the dialogue. The company informed us that they will present their cross utilization plans that includes crews comprised of a mix of legacy US Airways and American employees to management at the 13 co-locations: ATL, BOS, DCA, DFW, LAS, LAX, LGA, MCO, MIA, ORD, PHX, SFO, and TPA. We made it abundantly clear to the company that this action cannot be implemented without a joint collective bargaining agreement.  

The committee continued to draft and finalize our proposals on the open articles, in addition to the cross utilization meetings. This week we informed the company that we will not have any further proposal exchanges until the cross utilization issue is resolved.  

Your committee remains focused and ready to negotiate, while the company uses every tactic possible to stall the process.  No decisions can be reached without one or two of them consulting with the true decision makers at headquarters. In fact, the Association has the personnel in place at negotiations to reach an agreement. American does not.

Your support is critical to the successful outcome of these negotiations and is greatly appreciated. As an Association, in solidarity, we must remain unified in this endeavor.

Fraternally,
 

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

Seniority Integration Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In June of this year, the membership was advised that the TWU/IAM Associations had retained the services of Neutral Arbitrator Joshua Javits to create final integrated seniority lists. Shortly thereafter, Javits met with TWU/IAM negotiators and seniority committee members to receive their thoughts, input and guidance and then sent a communication to members requesting that they submit comments and information for his consideration during the fact-finding stage of the seniority integration process.

Javits advises that he received 836 comments in total, many of which were lengthy and contained considerable detail, and that he is carefully reviewing all of the comments received. In addition, Neutral Javits has found it necessary to request some follow-up information from the company in order to complete his work, and the Company is undertaking a review of its records in order to provide the requested information.

It is now anticipated that Javits will issue his report and recommendations and proposed seniority lists in the closing months of this year. Once the proposed lists are issued, affected employees will have 45 days to file in writing any protest they may have regarding their placement on the list. The arbitrator will provide details regarding how to file a protest when the proposed lists are published. In addition, we will continue to update the membership as needed regarding the progress of the seniority integration process.

Fraternally,

Mike Mayes
 TWU Association Representative

Timothy J. Klima
 IAM Association Representative

AA Bargaining Update, Sept. 22

Sisters and Brothers,

Both the Fleet Service and Mechanic and Related/Stores negotiating committees met this week in Washington, DC.  The week began with each committee meeting with company representatives to discuss outstanding articles and continue to exchange proposals.

The M&R/Stores committee exchanged proposals on Overtime and Rebids and have further narrowed our position for each article.  The company has yet to respond to our proposals regarding Vacations, Holidays and Limited Duty. Download this communication

The Fleet committee received the company’s counter proposals on Part Time, Temporary Assignments and Vacations.  The Temporary Assignments article has been narrowed down to two issues.  Some issues regarding Part Time and Vacation provisions were resolved, but fell short of meeting the memberships’ needs. We also finalized our counter proposals regarding Overtime and Vacations.  

On Wednesday, the company presented the Association with a Power Point presentation for Fleet Service cross-utilization that they previously shared with their leadership team. The company's presentation exceeded the cross-utilization of L-US and L-AA employees that is permitted in our recent pay adjustment agreement. Their plan, as presented, undermines our existing seniority system and contracts, and attempts to prematurely achieve the efficiencies that can only come from joint collective bargaining agreements.

Your representatives made it clear to the company that this is unacceptable. The company has requested to meet with the Association committees early next week to continue dialogue in an effort to resolve these issues.

The Association committees stand shoulder to shoulder and will not tolerate the company unilaterally making changes to existing agreements.

Fraternally,

Fleet Committee:

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

Mechanic and Relrated/Stores Committee:

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