Monthly Archives: May 2017

Happy Memorial Day from TWU!

At TWU, we’re thankful for all our members and every brave service member who has served in the military, and today we’ll take a moment to honor their sacrifices for our country. This holiday is a chance to remember all our fallen but not forgotten heroes.

For so many of us Memorial Day is the kick off of the official summer season. Plenty of our members will be at home celebrating with a barbeque with their family, or at the local pool. But for many others, today is another day on the job, keeping America moving and keeping the traveling public safe. Thank a transport worker today for doing this important work.

Happy Memorial Day from your union!

AA Bargaining Update, May 26

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Brothers & Sisters,

The Executive Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of May 22nd, in Washington D.C. and discussed several of the open issues and Articles. For M&R and MLS those Articles include: Vacations, Holidays, Overtime and Classifications. For the Fleet Service group those Articles include: Vacations, Overtime, Reduction in Force and Recall.

The Committee reached Tentative Agreements on the following Articles:

Overtime – M&R, MLS and Fleet Service

Hours of Service – M&R, MLS and MCT

Recognition of Rights – Fleet Service

The M&R Committee received a proposal from the Company on Classifications, and the Fleet Service Committee received a proposal from the Company on Transfers and Promotions that are currently under review.

While the Executive Committee met face to face with the Company, the remaining members of the Negotiating Committees were engaged in reviewing and crafting counter proposals.

Negotiations are scheduled to resume on the following weeks: June 5th, June 12th, July 17th & July 24th in Washington, DC.

Your Negotiating Committees remain fully committed to achieving industry leading contracts to be voted on by our membership. Progress has been made, and will continue to be made, as long as American Airlines management remains committed to their promises of an industry-leading contract.

Your support is both appreciated and necessary in order to achieve our goals. Knowing that we stand together in solidarity makes us stronger than ever.

Remember, do not listen to rumors – your only official negotiations report is that issued by this Association.


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 Human    Bennie Martino      

 Gary Peterson    Rollie Reaves    Sean Ryan    Jay Sleeman    Mark Strength

Court Rules on AA Equity Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed the decision of the District Court for the Northern District of California that dismissed two class action complaints challenging TWU’s method of distributing shares of post-bankruptcy American Airlines stock.  International President John Samuelsen applauded the decision to uphold the distribution of collectively bargained equity payments from American Airlines to active TWU members who have continued to sacrifice because of the company’s bankruptcy. For further background on the case, please read the summary below:

As many of you know, the two lawsuits challenged the exclusion of individuals who took early separation from American Airlines and were therefore not employed by the company as of July 26, 2013, which was the official close of the eligibility period for participation in the distribution of shares. The plaintiffs alleged that the plan violated the union’s duty of fair representation (DFR), and alleged that as such, TWU owed them money.

The court also examined whether the plan unlawfully discriminated among members, in particular the allegations that active employees were favored over those who left the company for political reasons. Ultimately, the court also observed that TWU negotiated various gains for our members in the bankruptcy concessionary bargaining, including additional benefits for those who separated from employment, and that because a union does not have an obligation to treat all members the same – especially in the context of the unique challenges of bankruptcy bargaining – this was within TWU’s rights.

Finally, the Court rejected the allegations that TWU acted in bad faith in purportedly misleading those who separated, noting that we had not even formed a distribution committee at the time those who separated made their decisions to do so, and that we warned members that equity distribution determinations had not been decided, so members should not have made assumptions about that in deciding to separate.

Moving forward, TWU will work with all parties to distribute the reserve fund we have held pending this case’s disposition, barring any further appeals to the full circuit or to the Supreme Court.  Members who are entitled to an equity payment because of this decision can expect further updates in the coming weeks.

Mike Mayes

Director, Air Division
TWU International