Brothers and Sisters,
After the fallout from the Company’s letter on Friday August 24th, the Executive Negotiating Committee met face to face with American Airlines this week in Washington DC. The ghost negotiators from the Company that were invited to join the talks did not show up. The Association is taking the high road and looking to secure an industry leading contract for our members and did not stoop to the pathetic approach that the Company took last week in trying to negotiate on the shop floor. Instead your Committee arrived ready to continue negotiations in an effort to produce the industry leading agreement you are entitled to.
The Executive Committee and the Company were able to reach tentative agreements on Status of Agreement for all groups, MCT Sick Leave, and have narrowed the issues for the groups in the Classifications and Qualifications articles. Additionally, an agreement was reached for initial aircraft inspections for the maintenance bases. The Negotiating Committee continues to review/modify contract language and give their recommendations to the Executive Committee.
The contractually agreed to Association wage increases due on September 12th, will be provided to all Mechanic & Related, Stores, Maintenance Training Specialists, and Fleet Service members.
The Committee sincerely thanks the membership for their continued support and showing of solidarity during this critical phase of negotiations!
Negotiations are scheduled to resume on the following weeks: September 11th Dallas/Fort Worth, October 2nd Washington DC, October 16th New York City. Your Committee is ready and willing to meet anytime – anywhere with the Company to bring you the Industry Leading contract you deserve.
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
Brothers and Sisters:
Last month, we informed you that the distribution process for American Airlines equity shares would begin soon. Recently, American made a distribution to unsecured creditors from its Disputed Claims Reserve (DCR), which holds shares set aside for resolution of certain claims in the bankruptcy proceedings. The number of shares recently distributed for eligible TWU-represented employees under the TWU Equity Distribution Plan was about 33,000 shares and about $73,750 in cash.
Consistent with prior handling of similar comparatively small distributions from the DCR and in order to maximize the number of employees who can receive shares from this distribution, the shares and funds issued for eligible TWU-represented employees this week have been placed in the TWU/AA Trust. Our expectation is for the shares to be distributed in the near future using the distribution formulas established under the Equity Distribution Plan.
We appreciate your patience during this complicated process.
Director, Air Division
As the extreme weather continues to affect families in Texas, the TWU leadership has met to outline an action plan to best support our brothers and sisters in the area. Working with Houston-based International Administrative Vice President John Bland, State Conferences, and all our Texas-area locals, we are committed to securing our members’ immediate safety, assessing where the greatest needs lie, and identifying the most effective ways our union can support recovery efforts and help distribute aid directly to our members who need it. Mr. Bland is on the ground in Houston and will oversee efforts to ensure every affected TWU member in the area receives the aid they need.
While the destruction remains ongoing, we continue to be in touch with groups on the ground to gauge where the TWU can be most helpful in light of limited access and widespread devastation.
To start, the union has established a GoFundMe account to support victims, and has donated $50,000 to this relief fund. If you would like to make a contribution to this fund, please click hereor follow this link: https://www.gofundme.com/twu-of-america-hurricane-relief.