Monthly Archives: March 2017

AA Bargaining Update, March 31

Sisters and Brothers:

Executive level negotiations took place in Washington, D.C. this week. Chief negotiators for the TWU-IAM Associations met with negotiators from American Airlines to advance our discussions in efforts toward concluding our contract discussions. All negotiating committee members were fully briefed on the sessions and continue to be involved with input and ongoing language development.

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While overall economic issues remain to be covered in future bargaining sessions, several important sticking points were discussed. The discussions between the parties were positive and, at this first Executive level of talks, serious consideration was given to resolution of those issues. We are awaiting the content of the discussions to be put to language that we are hopeful represents agreements and leads to more significant forward movement.

The next scheduled negotiations are set for the week of April 17. The parties are coordinating schedules for sessions after that week.

There is one source of official communications regarding these negotiations—that is those issued jointly by the TWU and IAM through this Association. Disregard all other rumors and treat the company’s road shows as entertaining events the company pays you to watch. Negotiations only occur at the bargaining table, not in the breakrooms.

Keep your solidarity. It is the power we will use to achieve the industry-best contracts we strive for.


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

Mechanic and Related/Stores Committee: Jason Best, Mike Bush, Ken Coley, John Coveny, Dale Danker, Mark Huffman, Bennie Martino, Gary Peterson, Rollie Reaves, Sean Ryan, Jay Sleeman, Mark Strength

AA Bargaining Update, March 10

Sisters and Brothers,

The Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines in Dallas the week of March 6, 2017.

The next negotiating session will be in Washington, D.C. the week of March 27 to include the Executive Committees from the Association Internationals

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Mechanic & Related Update

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

Classifications – We presented the company a complete proposal for the M&R group on this complex article, including QA, Planners & Tech Docs, whose subcommittee was present in negotiations this week. We continued to work on this proposal for MLS, and MCT for a response to the company.

Hours of Service – With input from the Sub-Committee members from QA, Planners, and Tech Document Specialists we gave the company a proposal on this article, which we had previously reached an agreement in principal, with the exceptions that pertain to those groups.

Qualifications (M&R) – We continued to prepare our response to the company proposal.

The subcommittees for QA, Tech Doc, and Planners were brought in to assist the Negotiating committee in the Articles pertinent to their specific language. The MTS group was also brought in to continue working through their proposals.
Another session has passed without receiving closure from the company regarding the following Articles: Overtime, Vacation, and Holidays.

M&R= Mechanic & Related

MLS= Material Logistics Specialists (Stores)

MTS=Maintenance Training Specialists

MCT= Maintenance Control Technicians

QA= Quality Assurance Auditors

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
Limited Duty    



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 received the following counter proposals: Hours of Work.

The Association passed the following counter proposal to the company:

  • Hours of Work
  • Overtime

There was considerable table discussions with the company on the applications in the Overtime article with the Negotiation Committee still awaiting a response to our Vacation proposal.

The committee reached a TA on the Hours of Work article.

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 Hours of Work


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