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***TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION***
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Please see the attached ruling by Judge Lane denying the company’s motion for summary judgment on their right to terminate the retiree medical plan.

 

2014 4 18 AMR Summary Judgment Decision in PDF

 

 

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available HERE.   The original calculator has been revised to include approximately 189,000 additional shares which were distributed to members from the reserve in order to maintain (and not exceed)the targeted 14% reserve.
This calculator requires a spreadsheet application to use.  A free copy of OpenOffice can be found HERE.
 
  
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Open the Distribution Calculator here.

UPDATE: The original calculator has been revised to include approximately
189,000 additional shares which were distributed to members from the
reserve in order to maintain (and not exceed) the targeted 14% reserve.

 

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On April 3, 2014 Officers of the Local Anthony Pagnotta, JFK Freight Section Chairman and myself Victor J. Gonzalez, President  met with JFK Freight management. We also met with the JFK Line Cargo Managing Director Mike McKanna and Timothy J. Ahern, Vice president of American and discussed the following topics.

·Reduction in force numbers.

·TWU wanting to perform JFK contract work.

·Upgrades for Part time workers at JFK.

·Winter UA’s.

·JFK bid durations and issues.

·Working Conditions.

·TWU work performance on JFK US Air work.

·Recent company policy changes and actions at JFK.

·Ramp Equipment & Inspections on body of Aircrafts.

·The TWU and the New American Working Together.

·Recall of our displaced members to locations such as EWR.

 

 

In review of our discussions with the company, the original reduction in force numbers at our JFK freight house called for (2) two Crew Chiefs and (13) thirteen Full time heads. We were able to reduce the full time employees to be affected down to (4) four. While the Crew Chief number of (2) two was not reduced we did receive a commitment from Mike McKanna and Timothy Ahern that the (2) Crew Chiefs and the (4) four full time employees being affected at the JFK freight house would all be absorbed at JFK Line Cargo.

To shed some light on the importance of the reduced RIF numbers and commitment received. We are in the One Station Complex, so it will save 27 to 36 full time and part time employees combined from JFK and LGA from being affected in Location or status. As for the Crew Chiefs, One of the JFK freight Crew Chiefs would have possibly lost their status and the other would have bumped the Junior Crew Chief on the Line.

On the major topic for JFK contract work at Line Cargo your TWU requested the (3) Air Berlin flights and any and all contract work to be performed by TWU workers. Tim Ahern and Mike Mckanna committed to take a serious hard look at returning some this work to the TWU in the near future. Tim Ahern only asked us for one thing and that was that we the TWU at JFK when working on the (10) US Air Flights try not to operate with last minute performance.

After presenting flow charts comparing the F/T and P/T ratio and PT Extension’s at JFK with other stations in the system, Tim Ahern seemed adamant about us working together and creating PT upgrades at JFK without going to the PT review panel. The importance of upgrades at JFK is to receive some contract work, provide better moral, adequate man power for better production and provide a safer work environment.   

On behalf of our members at JFK and LGA it was communicated to TIM and Mike just how much of a negative effect it took on the workers who received UA’s instead of TEU’s during this years winter snow storms. While Tim Ahern did state his concern for our workers safety when getting to work on bad snow days, he also stated he did want employees to make every effort to get to work such as staying in rooms provided by the company. Mike Mckanna is willing to revisit this issue and we plan to work something out that will benefit our members.

As for our displaced workers from EWR, PHL, and BDL I have been informed that our International is in the final stages of an agreement that will provide an opportunity for our members to return to their home stations. Tim Ahern supports this opportunity and he stated he would also like to see outsourced US Air work at stations such as SJU and STL provided to the TWU.

When it came to the topic of discussing our JFK bid durations and issues with the company we were met with a less than warm response by the company. Mike Mckanna was quick to point to schedule changes as the reason for the often bid changes at JFK, but our TWU position was clearly communicated, which is that we believe the company is in violation of Article 21 in our CBA. Bids should not be increased or decreased unless by mutual agreement of both parties and all information pertaining to bids should be provided to the Union before the bid process takes place. The TWU and the company agreed to continue with further dialog on this topic and we look forward to having better communication and teamwork when it comes to bids at JFK.  Should we the TWU not be satisfied when it comes to our JFK bids, working conditions or are unable to resolve our issues in good faith with the company, the appropriate grievances will be filed.                                

In conclusion, the meeting was very respectful in nature and the objective was to establish a working relationship between the company and your TWU Local 501 administration that will benefit all at the New American.

                “WORK SAFE” “WORK Hard” and BE A PROUD TWU UNION MEMBER!

                        ONE UNION – ONE FIGHT

                            Fraternally,

                                  Victor J. Gonzalez

                          PRESIDENT

 

 

 
 
 Day 120 Equity Distribution Notice
 
 

Day 120 Equity Distribution Communications

 

 

 

Heads Up to Legacy American

 

To: U.S.-Based Legacy American Managers

 

Subject: Certain U.S.-Based Legacy American Employees to Receive Day 120 Equity Distribution

 

Summary:

As previously communicated, the majority of U.S.-based legacy American employees are eligible to receive 23.6 percent of the shares of common stock in the new company (AAL) distributed to holders of allowed unsecured claims. As of March 9, American has distributed approximately 27.5 million AAL shares to eligible U.S.-based legacy American employees.

 

With respect to day 120 (Day 120 distribution), there will be a fifth distribution of approximately 7.2 million net shares to certain U.S.-based legacy American employees. Eligible employees will receive and be able to sell or transfer shares beginning April 10. As a reminder, these shares will be available to eligible employees in their Computershare accounts, which is available by first logging into their retireonline.com account with J.P. Morgan.

 

In preparation for the distribution, the “Employee Grants and Awards” section of Computershare accounts will be unavailable beginning April 8, though existing shares under the “Employee Plan Stock” section may continue to be sold and transferred until April 9 at 3 p.m. CDT. After that time, both sections and the call center’s ability to transact via phone will be unavailable. Both sections will be available again on April 10 at 8:30 a.m. CDT.

 

Key Points

·         In total, eligible U.S.-based legacy American employees will receive new American common stock equal to 23.6 percent of the shares distributed to holders of allowed unsecured claims.

 

·         We expect the fifth distribution to eligible employees to total approximately 7.2 million net shares of new common stock, roughly 25 percent of the Day 1 distribution.

 

·         The approximately 7.2 million net shares of common stock is an estimate as we will not know the final total number of shares until after the shares are distributed to eligible employees.

 

·         As with all previous distributions, each person’s individual allocation of shares will be based on the eligibility requirements and allocation methodology established for their employee group. For union-represented groups, the unions determined the eligibility criteria and allocation method and calculated each employee’s allocation. For non-union employees, the company established the eligibility requirements and allocation methodology.

 

·         Do keep in mind that these shares are considered wages for purposes of federal and state income taxes and FICA, and are subject to required withholding of taxes. With that in mind, American will withhold enough shares to cover necessary taxes and will distribute the remainder to eligible employees. It’s important that eligible employees complete their W-9, if they have not already done so, prior to selling their shares. For more information on W-9 certification, please visit the W-9 section of the Equity Hub.

 

·         With tax season closing soon, our employees may be wondering how the equity distribution fits in. Any equity distributed to an employee in 2013 was included as wages in that employee’s 2013 Form W-2 issued this year, while 2014 distributions will be reported on the 2014 W-2. Also, any employee-initiated sales that occurred in 2013 will be reported on a 1099-B form, and will be mailed to you by your broker. If you made your sale with Computershare, you should have received a 1099-B form from them by now. If you transferred your shares to another broker and subsequently made a sale, you will receive the form from that broker. For more information, visit the Taxes and Fees section of the Equity Hub.

 

·         In addition to the Day 120 distribution, there could be small distributions of new common stock post-Day 120 depending upon the resolution of the Disputed Claims Reserve. Should additional small distributions occur, we will share information in advance.

 

·         Visit the Equity Hub on Jetnet to ensure you and your employees have the information and tools you need related to these shares.

 

Subject Matter Experts: The Equity Team, equity.hub@aa.com

 

 

 

 

Email to all U.S.-based American employees

 

Subject: Certain U.S.-Based Legacy American Employees to Receive Day 120 Equity Distribution

 

Body:

We’ve shared before that the majority of U.S.-based legacy American employees are eligible to receive 23.6 percent of the shares of common stock in the new company (AAL) distributed to holders of allowed unsecured claims. As of March 9, American has distributed approximately 27.5 million AAL shares to eligible U.S.-based legacy American employees.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

With respect to day 120 (Day 120 distribution), there will be a fifth distribution of approximately 7.2 million net shares to certain U.S.-based legacy American employees, representing roughly 25 percent of the Day 1 distribution. Eligible employees will receive and be able to sell or transfer shares beginning April 10. As a reminder, these shares will be available to eligible employees in their Computershare accounts, which is available by first logging into their retireonline.com account with J.P. Morgan.

 

In preparation for the distribution, the “Employee Grants and Awards” section of Computershare accounts will be unavailable beginning April 8, though existing shares under the “Employee Plan Stock” section may continue to be sold and transferred until April 9 at 3 p.m. CDT. After that time, both sections and the call center’s ability to transact via phone will be unavailable. Both sections will be available again on April 10 at 8:30 a.m. CDT.

 

Do keep in mind that these shares are considered wages for purposes of federal and state income taxes and FICA, and are subject to required withholding of taxes. With that in mind, American will withhold enough shares to cover necessary taxes and will distribute the remainder to eligible employees. It’s important that eligible employees complete a W-9, if you have not already done so, prior to selling shares. For more information on W-9 certification, please visit the W-9 section of the Equity Hub.

 

With tax season closing soon, you may be wondering how the equity distribution fits in. Any equity distributed to an employee in 2013 was included as wages in that employee’s 2013 Form W-2 issued this year, while 2014 distributions will be reported on the 2014 W-2. Also, any employee-initiated sales that occurred in 2013 will be reported on a 1099-B form, and will be mailed to you by your broker. If you made your sale with Computershare, you should have received a1099-B form from them by now. If you transferred your shares to another broker and subsequently made a sale, you will receive the form from that broker. For more information, visit the Taxes and Fees section of the Equity Hub.

 

Visit the Equity Hub on Jetnet to ensure you have the information and tools you need related to these shares.

 

Thanks for all you do,

The Equity Team

 

 

Questions & Answers

 

Legacy American

1.     Why are we receiving an equity distribution for Day 120?

As we’ve shared before, eligible employees had the potential to receive a Day 120 distribution depending on how the AAL share price performed (moved up or down) over the entire 120-day period. The Day 120 distribution to the American employee groups is to ensure they receive 23.6 percent of all of the shares distributed to holders of allowed unsecured claims.

 

2.     I thought the Day 120 distribution was going to be comparable to the Day 1 distribution. Why isn’t that the case?

American’s employee groups are entitled to receive 23.6 percent of all shares of common stock distributed to unsecured creditors to satisfy their claims. Since the price of AAL common stock has increased significantly since the close of the merger, it has taken considerably fewer shares of common stock to satisfy allowed claims of unsecured creditors.

 

As American’s employee groups’ total distribution is based on the amount of shares distributed to unsecured creditors, this has the effect of reducing the total number of shares that are distributed to American’s employee groups. Because American’s employee groups already received a large number of shares on the Effective Date (Day 1 distribution), the number of remaining shares for American’s employee groups for the Day 120 distribution decreased. 

 

3.     Will there be any additional distributions?

There could be small distributions post-Day 120 depending upon the resolution of the Disputed Claims Reserve.

 

4.     What is the timing for resolution of the Disputed Claims Reserve?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive deadline for the resolution of the disputed claims process. However, the earliest the first distribution can take place is Day 180.

 

5.     When will we receive and be able to sell or transfer our Day 120 shares?

In preparation for the distribution, the “Employee Grants and Awards” section of Computershare accounts will be unavailable beginning April 8, though existing shares under the “Employee Plan Stock” section may continue to be sold and transferred until April 9 at 3 p.m. CDT. After that time, both sections and the call center’s ability to transact via phone will be unavailable. Both sections will be available again on April 10 at 8:30 a.m. CDT.

 

6.     In connection with distributions in respect of prior Mandatory Conversion Dates, we were able to view, but not transact on, our shares as of the Mandatory Conversion Date, why is this distribution different?

The actual processing of distributions in respect of the 120-day Mandatory Conversion Date is the same as that for prior distributions with respect to the 30-day, 60-day and 90-day Mandatory Conversions Dates. 

 

Under the Plan of Reorganization, all distributions relating to a Mandatory Conversion Date are required to occur on, or as soon as administratively practical after, such date. Given the complex nature of each distribution, the administrative processing begins on the Mandatory Conversion Date, but the shares are not actually distributed and available to each recipient until two days later.

 

The only difference in this case is that the shares to be distributed will not be seen in advance of the date the shares are actually distributed and available (April 10). This is similar to the initial distribution on the Effective Date. As on the Effective Date, distributions with respect to the 120-day Mandatory Conversion Date are also being made to holders of Single-Dip General Unsecured Claims. As such, there is greater coordination required and significantly more shares to be distributed with respect to the 120-day Mandatory Conversion Date. All distributions with respect to Union Claims, Single-Dip General Unsecured Claims and AMR Equity Interests are being made on April 10.

 

7.     How can I access my shares?

As was the case with all previous distributions, your shares will be distributed into your Computershare account, which is accessible by first logging into your retireonline.com account with J.P. Morgan.

 

8.     How will the Day 120 distribution be taxed?

These shares are considered wages for purposes of federal and state income taxes and FICA in the year in which they are distributed to you, and are subject to required withholding of taxes. With that in mind, American will withhold enough shares to cover necessary taxes and distribute the remainder to eligible employees.

 

With tax season closing soon, you may be wondering how the equity distribution fits in. Any equity distributed to an employee in 2013 was included as wages in that employee’s 2013 Form W-2 issued this year, while 2014 distributions will be reported on the 2014 W-2. Also, any employee-initiated sales that occurred in 2013 will be reported on a 1099-B form, and will be mailed to you by your broker. If you made your sale with Computershare, you should have received a 1099-B form from them by now. If you transferred your shares to another broker and subsequently made a sale, you will receive the form from that broker. For more information, visit the Taxes and Fees section of the Equity Hub.

 

9.     Why was FICA withheld from my Day 120 distribution if I already reached the FICA maximum for 2014 before or with the Day 120 distribution?

You may have experienced unnecessary FICA withholding as a result of the timing of the Day 120 distribution. If you already reached the FICA max prior to or as part of the Day 120 distribution, additional FICA withholding will be refunded on future payroll checks as part of the true-up process that occurs in Payroll. We expect these corrections to be made by April 30 as part of the next payroll cycle.

 

10.   When will I be able to see the value of my shares and tax withholding information in ePays?

You will be able to view this information by end of day on Sunday, April 13.

 

11.   Are legacy US Airways employees eligible for the equity distribution now that the merger has closed?

No. The equity distribution applies only to eligible U.S.-based legacy American employees.

 
 
Equity Reserve Update March 23
 
Section 1114 Letter from International Representative/AA System Coordinator David Virella
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Download:
2014_March_21 1114 Update (1).pdf                        
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Frequently Asked Questions on the Quill Scholarship

How does an applicant qualify?

The applicant must be certified twice. First, a TWU Local must certify the facts that make the applicant eligible. Secondly, the principal of the high school must attest to the fact that the applicant is capable of doing college work. The applicant must comply with the Rules of the Scholarship Fund, available upon request.

Who is eligible?

Sons and daughters and dependent brothers and sisters (claimed with IRS) of present, retired, or deceased TWU members who are High School Seniors and who will enter an accredited college of their own choice beginning with the Fall term are eligible. Sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters of full-time, paid officers of the Union are not eligible.

When is the deadline?

All applications must be received by the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund by May 5, 2014.

How is the scholarship paid?

The scholarship money is paid directly to the college or university that the successful applicant attends.

How does a person apply?

Fill out and send in the application.

How are the winners decided?

By a random drawing held in May of each year at TWU headquarters. Winners will be notified immediately thereafter.

 

 
At the Local 100 protest on October 29th,2013 with Local 501 President Victor J. Gonzalez, Local 512 President Chris Biancalana, International President Harry Lombardo, and Local 512 Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Hagn. — in New York, NY.
 
 
                                        

 

 
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                   http://www.twulocal512.org/docs/2013_November_26 Memo Re IAM Meeting.pdf 2013_November_26 Memo Re IAM Meeting.pdf  
 
 
aa_distribution_plan_powerpoint.pdf 
 

American Jetnet Equity Q&A

 
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EXECUTIVE BOARD

PRESIDENT

VICTORJ.GONZALEZ

 

 1ST VICE PRESIDENT

   ANGELO CUCUZZA

 

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

JOHN FRUCCI 

3RD V.P.(SJU)

LUIS VALCOURT

SECRETARY TREASURER

MIKE ANNETTA

Recording Secretary

R.D. WILLIAMS 

 

VINNIE MORALES

   RUSSELL SPERO      VINCENT ROSSICONE
 
SECTION CHAIRMAN

JFK- Title2

Chris Kiernan

JFK-Title 3

Anthony Jordan &

ANTONY PAGNOTTA

LGA-Title 3

PAUL DIAMANTOS

LGA -Title 2

VITO RESCINITI 

SJU

LUIS ROSA

 


 
 

LOCAL 501 REPRESENTATIVES CONTACT LIST

 153-33 ROCKAWAY BLVD, JAMAICA, NY 11434

OFFICE# 718 978 1929 * FAX# 718 526 0282

 

 

 

                                    PRESIDENT                                           

                        VICTOR J. GONZALEZ                           

  EMAIL: VDAGURUMAN@AOL.COM         

                  OFFICE # 718 978 1929                          

 

                1ST VICE PRESIDENT                          

                      ANGELO CUCUZZA                                  

EMAIL: ACUZZ11228@AOL.COM    

                  CELL # 347 661 3527                             

 

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

                                        JOHN FRUCCI                                          

  EMAIL: FRUC31@YAHOO.COM          

                   CELL # 516 524 5667                              

 

FINANCIAL SECRETARY TREASURER

MICHAEL ANNETTA

EMAIL: MJA5214@AOL.COM

CELL# 516 236 8573

 

RECORDING SECRETARY

RD WILLIAMS

EMAIL: RONLOVEV2@AOL.COM

CELL# 516 643 4555

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

 

PAT ALBARELLA - EMAIL: PASQUALE55@AOL.COM

VINNY MORALES - EMAIL: MRMOUSE46@AOL.COM

RUSSELL SPERO - EMAIL: RUSS.SPERO@ICLOUD.COM

 

 

EAP/BENEFITS COORDINATOR

GEORGE CROZIER

EMAIL: GEORGECROZIER@YAHOO.COM

CELL#      516 557 6564

OFFICE # 718 487 6709 

 

 

JFK REPRESENTATIVES                                   SAFETY REPS          

RAMP UNION OFFICE # 718 487 7507          GREG MONTOVANI

                                                                          SAL GULOTTA

TITLE 3 SECTION CHAIRMAN

 

ANTHONY JORDAN

EMAIL: amjordan62@verizon.net

Cell #   631 767 6163

 

FERNANDO RODRIGUES

NICK KING

SHARON FINK

JOE CACAMESE

STEVE BATES

GREG MONTOVANI

 

JFK FRT VICE CHAIRMAN

ANTHONY PAGNOTTA

EMAIL: AMPAGNOTTA1@HOTMAIL.COM

OFFICE # 718 487 6797

CELL    # 516 456 5769

 

KURT APPELL

RICK ALVARADO

 

JFK TITLE 2 SECTION CHAIRMAN

 

 CHRIS KIERNAN

EMAIL: JARHEAD8589@MSN.COM

CELL# 516 749 3880

 

TERRY NICOLLELIS

FRAN   CELONA

CHARLES SARDONE   

 

 

LGA REPRESENTATIVES

UNION OFFICE# 718 476 4079

 

TITLE 3 SECTION CHAIRMAN

 

PAUL DIAMANTOS

EMAIL: PAULDIAMANTOS@GMAIL.COM

CELL# 347 552 2551

 

NICK COMO

GALVIN THOMAS

VINCENT ROSSICONE

VICTOR DELGADO

 

TITLE 2 SECTION CHAIRMAN

 

VITO RESCINITI

EMAIL: VPTN72@MSN.COM

CELL #     516 439 3849

FM OFFICE # 718 476 4029

 

SEAN NAFIS

 

AUTO SHOP # 718 476 4014

DOMINIC MACCHIA

 

SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES

 

RAY RUIZ

KEVIN KING

HENRY RAGS 

 

 

SJU REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

SECTION CHAIRMAN

 

LUIS VALCOURT

EMAIL: LVALCOURT@GMAIL.COM

CELL# 787 603 8153

 

MARIO ORTIZ

LUIS OTERO

MANUEL NATER

 

SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES

 

ROLONDO BURGOS

RANDO COLLAZO

JOSE MAREN 

 

 

  TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION

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FLEET SERVICE *NEW CONTRACT LANGUAGE*

MAINTENANCE & RELATED 

  • US Airways -IAM-Fleet Service 2008 Contract  
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    Part-Time Utilization & Part-Time Review Panel

    The Part Time Panel was established in 1995 to ensure compliance with the contract regarding the use of part time employees.   In connection with part-time utilization, the TWU and the Company agreed that full-time employees would not be arbitrarily replaced with part-time employees.  The intent of this agreement is to insure that flight schedules, volumes, and good business practice dictate the optimal split between full-time and part-time employees at a location.

    The Committee has access to the information necessary for making determinations as to whether the part-time/full-time mix is and continues to be in accordance with the principles outlined above as well as those specific scheduling and staffing provisions outlined in the Agreement.  This Committee will review part-time issues brought to its attention, and will take the necessary and appropriate action to resolve those issues.

    Part-Time Utilization and Part-Time Review Committee is composed of two (2) representatives from each party to review utilization of part-time staffing. The Review Committee meets in DFW on an as needed basis.

    Seniorty Protest Panel

    The Seniority Protest Panel was originally used in the early 1990’s due to the number of employees having problems with capturing occupational, classification and company seniority accurately while upgrading to different title groups, along with the impact of reductions in force and recalls.

    The language was incorporated into the agreement in the 2001 contract. The panel consists of one representative from American Airlines Employee Relations department and a International Representative (or his designee) from the Transport Workers Union, ATD. The two parties review the protests to determine if the protest has merit. The parties review the employee’s payroll histories, the seniority lists in which the employees entered the company or classification, along with the proper application of the Kasher Award for the former TWA employees.

    The panel can grant the protest and adjust the employee’s seniority and correct the placement on the seniority list or reinstate their protection status.

    The panel can grant the protest in part.

    The panel can deny the protest.

    When the decision is rendered the protest is sent back to the TWU International ATD and logged on the protest log. It is also scanned and sent to the local president where the protest originated.

    The Seniority Protest is outline in Article 13 (d) and (e) of the CBA.

    Reduction In Force (RIF) & Recall Panel

    The RIF/Recall panel came into effect in the 2001 agreement. The panel was created because the Union believed that after a RIF/Recall a grievance processed through the System Board, it would take too long to get a settlement.

    The RIF panel is outlined in Article 15

    ARTICLE 15 – REDUCTION IN FORCE

    (m) Upon request of the Local Union President, an employee may, within seven  calendar days, appeal to a review panel composed of a representative of the TWU International and the Vice President, – Employee Relations, any disputes regarding Reduction In Force application or administration.

    The Recall Panel is comprised of an International Representative (or his designee) and a member of AA Employee Relations.  The panel was added when the company started reducing employees at stations or recalling employees back and with all the complexities that are involved in both reductions and recalls there are times when mistakes were made. Again, the Union and the Company believed it would be better to have a Panel to be able to settle the disputes more expeditiously than through the arbitration process and to ensure other employees are not further harmed.

    The RIF Recall Panel meets once a month to discuss and investigate and render a decision. If the panel members cannot come to agreement on the disposition of a dispute the case will then be scheduled on the System Board of Arbitration for disposition.

    Sick Leave Harassment Panel

    The Sick Leave Harassment Panel was established on May 11, 1971 due to claims raised by members that they were required provide information from their Doctor’s without just cause and without being advised that they were suspected of abusing the sick leave benefit.

    A supervisor can issue a ’90-day Doctor’s Slip Requirement Letter if sick leave abuse is suspected.  The letter notifies the member if you are off sick during this 90 day period, a doctor’s note stating that you were treated for an illness or injury is required for you to be eligible for sick leave pay.  (Reference Article 34 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores Agreement)

    If a member feels that the issuance of the 90 day letter was not justified, he has a contractual right to appeal it by requesting a hearing before the Sick Leave Harassment Review Panel.  For the member to request a sick leave harassment hearing he must notify his Local President in writing as soon as possible after the issuance of the 90 day letter, so his hearing can be scheduled.   He should request assistance from the local union representatives in obtaining all the necessary attendance records for reference at the hearing.

    The union does not present the case on your behalf, nor does employee relations represent the supervisor at the hearing.  You and the supervisor involved are both required to attend the hearing, with each of you testifying on your own behalf.  A decision on your appeal will be made based on your testimony and any submitted documentation.  
    If the Review Panel decides in your favor, an additional day will be added to your sick leave balance and the 90-day Doctor’s Slip Requirement will be rescinded.  Should the Review Panel determine the supervisor had adequate grounds for the issuance of the 90-day Doctor’s Slip Requirement Letter, it will remain in effect for the balance of the 90-day period and a sick day will be deducted from your sick leave balance.
     
    Contact your Local TWU representatives prior to submitting your request to appeal to ask for their assistance.  In general prior to submitting your request for a SLH hearing to your Local President, you should ask the supervisor who issued the 90-day letter to advise you in writing, the reason why you are suspected of sick leave abuse.  Following receipt of this information you should review your C-21 and C-23 Attendance Records (and get copies- for reference) this will help to determine if the supervisor has any grounds for ‘suspected abuse’, or if it is unwarranted harassment.  If you decide to go forward with your appeal any doctor’s notes you have concerning your absences or medical treatment would be important evidence on your behalf.

    The Sick Leave Harassment Review Panel meets bi-monthly (or as needed) in DFW.  The Review Panel is composed of a representative from the Air Transport Division and a representative from Employee Relations.

    Cross Utilization Panel

    The Cross Utilization Panel was established in the early 1990’s to ensure compliance with the provisions outlined in Article 11 (h).  This provision allows the company to cross utilize employees in different classifications.

    (h) Regardless of any provision in this Agreement, the Stores Agreement, or the Fleet Service Agreement, the Company may assign or schedule any employee to perform work of any classification under this Agreement, the Stores Agreement, or the Fleet Service Agreement.  Provided, however, the Company will not assign Aviation  Maintenance Technicians to do that work now performed by Building Cleaners.

    The only time when the Company can cross utilize a member from one classification to another is when a classification is fully encumbered and has no one available within that classification to perform work.

    The Cross Utilization Panel is comprised of a TWU ATD International Representative and a member from American Airlines Employee Relations.

    The Cross Utilization Panel meets once every other month (as needed) to review the facts of the cases submitted.

    Technical Crew Chief Panel

    The Technical Crew Chief Panel was established on October 28, 1985 due to the Technical Crew Chief being a new classification at that time. The purpose of the panel is to ensure compliance with the contract regarding the work being performed within the classification of Technical Crew Chief in Maintenance and Engineering.

    The purpose of the classification of a “Technical Crew Chief” is to provide technical assistance, guidance, training and administrative support to the Maintenance and Engineering Department. The scope of the “Technical Crew Chief” classification is, in addition to the Crew Chief classification, outlined in the Labor Agreement.

    A possible violation would be when a Technical Crew Chief performed duties outside of the established scope of work. Any disputes arising out of interpre¬tation or application of the Letter of Agreement dated October 28, 1985 shall be processed to a panel consisting of the International Vice Presi¬dent of the Transport Workers Union (or his designee) representing the workers,  and the Vice Presi¬dent of Maintenance & Engineering (or his designee) representing the Company, or their designees.

    If you feel that a Technical Crew Chief has been performing job tasks outside his job classification and scope, contact your Local TWU representatives to bring the issue to the Technical Crew Chief Panel.  Make sure you give your local all of the pertinent information regarding the alleged violation e.g. a narrative summary of the work performed, FMR, log book pages, etc.

    The Technical Crew Chief Panel meets as needed in DFW, reviews the facts and supporting information and renders a decision.

    Accommodation Review Board

    The Accommodation Review Board (ARB) was established in late 1992 to comply with American Airlines employees’ requests under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).  When a member has exhausted all other means under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and has permanent restrictions, the employee should contact their local manager in writing, along with a copy to the Local President, requesting a review by the ARB.

    The members of the board are as follows:

    •     Analyst Accommodation (Chairperson from AA)
    •     AA Attorney
    •     Senior Principal of Employee Relations
    •     Manager of Human Resource Operational Support
    •     AA area physician
    •     TWU International ATD
    •     TWU ATD Benefits Committee Chairman

    The board meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month.  In the event that a dispute arises within the board and the member cannot be accommodated, there are times under the TWU group where field trips will be made to the specific city to address the issue.  After all remedies are exhausted, a job search is then exercised to try to place the affected member into a job that would accommodate his/her restrictions.

     

     

     

      





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