Monthly Archives: January 2017

A piece of the Profit…Sharing

American’s new profit sharing program will pay out in March based on what we earned in 2016. Now that we’ve shared our earnings for 2016, we know what you’re thinking – how is this going to work and what will my payout be? Let’s take a look.

As Doug shared [LINK], the total cost of profit sharing will be about $314 million dollars, including retirement contributions and payroll taxes. This results in a payout percentage for all team members of approximately 3 percent* of an individual’s eligible earnings.

So, let’s say your eligible earnings were $40,000 – multiply $40,000 by 3 percent to get a payout of $1,200.

*Keep in mind, this is just an estimate. Our team is working to finalize the population’s eligible earnings so that we correctly calculate individual payouts. You will see your final profit sharing amount on the special profit sharing paycheck at the time of payout in March.

What are eligible earnings? Most types of pay are considered eligible earnings, but there are special cases that aren’t included. This list isn’t all inclusive, but it does break down the most common types of pay.

    •  Eligible: o Base pay
    • o Overtime
    • o Shift differentials
    • o Vacation pay
    • o Sick time
    • o License premiums
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    •  Ineligible: o Incentive payments (such as Triple Play and bonuses)
    • o Commissions (such as AAdvantage Cash and Barclays Crew Cash)
    • o Previous award payouts (such as previous profit sharing payouts – this will come into play more next year, but a heads up for now)
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The best way to estimate your eligible earnings is to look at your year-to-date (YTD) earnings on your last paycheck of 2016. Your YTD earnings will likely be higher than your eligible earnings because your YTD total could include some of the ineligible pay types. But for most people it’ll get you pretty close.

Want more information? Take a look at answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

1. How many people are included in this profit sharing program? Which workgroups will be included? The majority of mainline employees – more than 100,000 people – as well as employees of PSA, Piedmont and Envoy will be a part of this program. Employees at level 5 and above who participate in other at-risk compensation programs will not be included.

2. Are international employees included?

Yes. All international employees are eligible for the profit sharing plan. Profit sharing payments may be subject to local country rules. Any differences in your country will be communicated locally before the payout.

3. Will the profit sharing payout be the same dollar amount for everyone?

No. The payout will be a percentage of each eligible employee’s 2016 eligible earnings. So, the payout amounts will vary based on differences in eligible earnings.

4. What is included in the profit sharing accrual of $314 million?

AA Bargaining Update, Jan. 27

Sisters and Brothers,

The Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of January 23, 2017.

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Mechanic & Related Stores Update

During this week’s session, the Committee exchanged and discussed the following Articles:

Limited Duty- M&R, MLS, MTS and MCT – We have reached a tentative agreement on this Article, which provides enhanced protections for our members.

Hours of Service – M&R, MLS & MCT – We have reached an agreement in principle on this article and will reach a TA once the QA, Planner & Technical Documentations Specialists groups reach an agreement with the company on their section of this Article.

General and Miscellaneous – We exchanged several proposals on this Article with the company in this session. This Article encompasses many facets of the CBA and continues to evolve as we progress through the negotiations process. We have narrowed the items that were open and will leave the Article open until the end of the negotiations to ensure complete coverage in the new JCBA.

Classifications – We continued to prepare our proposal regarding this Article.

Overtime – M&R, MLS and MCT – This Article remains open and with the company, no further response from them was received this week. We remain steadfast in our positions on no mandatory overtime, limiting job continuation and pay for overtime bypass.

Vacation – M&R, MLS & MCT– This Article remains open and with the company, no further response from them was received this week

Holidays – M&R, MLS, MTS and MCT – This Article remains open and with the company, no further response from them was received this week.

M&R = Mechanic & Related
MLS = Material Logistics Specialists (Stores)
MTS = Maintenance Training Specialists
MCT = Maintenance Control Technicians
*HOS = Hours of Service
 

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, Hours of Service (HOS) Ten Hour Shifts (HOS) Realignment (HOS)
Reduction in Force (HOS) M&R,  MLS & MCT Recall (HOS) One Station Agreements
M&R & MLS
Limited Duty    

*HOS = Hours of Service

Future dates for negotiations will be released once they are finalized.

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

This week the Association worked on the following proposals:

Reduction in Force – The proposal was passed from the union to the Company. After much dialog, we are now awaiting the company’s response.

Limited Duty – We reached a tenetative agreement on this article.

Vacations – We had table conversation and are awaiting a response from the company.

Hours of Work – The company passed the article to the union and we are working on our response.

Current TAs:

Shift Differential Preamble Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem
Grievance Procedures Leaves of AFbsence Meal Periods
Representation Field Work System Board of Adjustment
Uniforms Absence from Duty No Strike No Lockout
Fitness for Duty Bulletin Boards Probation
Safety and Health Purpose of Agreement Termination of Employment
Shift Trades Furlough Benefits Work Schedules
Temporary Assignments Voluntary Furlough Limited Duty

Future dates for negotiating sessions are being finalized at this time.

Fraternally,

Mark Baskett William Fa Mike Fairbanks Tim Hughes
Steve Miller Tim Murphy Pat Rezler Art Risley
Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson  

 

 

 

 

AA Negotiations

TO: Members of AA Locals 501 – 591
RE: AA Negotiations

Brothers and Sisters:

As many of you may have heard, we have reached a critical point in negotiations with the company. Following the interim wage agreement last fall, American Airlines has continued to stall and deploy divisive tactics inhibit the bargaining process. The Executive Committee, led by Association Chair Sito Pantoja and Vice Chair Harry Lombardo, will take the lead at the bargaining table  oving forward, with the full presence and support of the current negotiating committee behind them.

Make no mistake: The strength, resources and powerful presence of two International Unions at the table with the world’s largest airline is exactly what our members deserve and it is the support we need as we move into the more complex economic articles of these negotiations. Both committees remain committed to working with Association leadership to fight for our members’ best interests at every turn, and remain unified in our mission to negotiate the best possible contract. With TWU and IAM International union leadership by our side, we are prepared to work until we reach an agreement that recognizes our members’ hard work, and restores their dignity and respect on the job.

In Solidarity,

Sean Doyle
International Vice President

AA Bargaining Update, Jan. 20

Brothers and Sisters:
 
The Association Fleet Negotiating Committee met with the company during the week of January 16 in Dallas/Fort Worth.
 
 
This week the Association received the following counter proposals:
 
Reduction in Force – there are substantial issues that need to be resolved prior to achieving an agreement.
 
Voluntary Furlough – the remaining outstanding issues were resolved.
 
Limited Duty – we realize the importance of this article and are committed to enhancing the language to protect the membership. 
 
One Station Complex (TWU) – this article is contingent upon other articles being negotiated and those talks continue.
 
The Association passed the following counter proposals to the company and are awaiting their response:
  • Hours of Work
  • Vacations 
  • Limited Duty 
Following productive dialogue, we reached a TA on Voluntary Furlough.

Current TAs:

Shift Differential Preamble Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem
Grievance Procedures Leaves of AFbsence Meal Periods
Representation Field Work System Board of Adjustment
Uniforms Absence from Duty No Strike No Lockout
Fitness for Duty Bulletin Boards Probation
Safety and Health Purpose of Agreement Termination of Employment
Shift Trades Furlough Benefits Work Schedules
Temporary Assignments Voluntary Furlough  
 
Our next negotiating session is scheduled for next week in Orlando.

Fraternally,

Mark Baskett William Fa Mike Fairbanks Tim Hughes
Steve Miller Tim Murphy Pat Rezler Art Risley
Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson