Dear Association member,
In an internal communication to TWU-IAM Association members at American Airlines, Kerry Philipovitch and David Seymour—American executives who have not attended one negotiating session—claim the Association is dragging its feet in responding to American’s “comprehensive” proposal. FALSE! Association executive level negotiators told American negotiators that their comprehensive proposal belongs in the garbage. It is an insult to the membership and doesn’t deserve any further response.
Accurate information is important. The company’s “comprehensive” proposal does the following:
- Outsources work and eliminates jobs
- Maintains legacy American’s high cost health care
- Includes insulting wage rates that are not industry-leading
- Eliminates pensions and shifts risk to workers
Their “comprehensive” proposal was also riddled with basic mistakes including significant errors in wage scales and retirement language. The negotiators that sold Manhattan to the Dutch for $24 were better prepared.
We invite these ghost negotiators, Kerry and David, to show up at our next negotiating session so we can give them the personal response they deserve. And American’s entire negotiating team is welcome to attend one of the collective bargaining training sessions at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center IAM’s Winpisinger Center. Maybe then they will develop the skill set required to bargain a fair contract that Association members deserve.
The “comprehensive” proposal is akin to a bribe and a bad one at that. Association represented workers will not be fooled. American Airlines is the most profitable carrier in the industry and American Airlines’ Association workers deserve a truly industry-leading contract.
On behalf of the TWU/IAM Association,
Brothers and Sisters,
The Executive Negotiating Committee met face to face with American Airlines this week in Washington DC. Negotiations centered around the Fleet Service group and good progress was made working through outstanding language issues.
The Mechanic & Related/Stores Committee met internally for important discussions regarding the seniority article and they are pleased to report that significant and positive progress was made working through those complicated remaining issues. Our attention in the next scheduled negotiation will be on the Mechanic & Related/Stores open issues to sync us up to the progress made with Fleet language.
The entire negotiating team looks forward to using the solidarity of our 30,000 Association Members as we move into the more serious economic and scope discussions with the company in the near future.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume on the following week: August 28th.
Fleet Negotiating Committee:
Mark Baskett Steve Miller Andre Sutton
William Fa Tim Murphy Rodney Walker
Mike Fairbanks Pat Rezler Bill Wilson
Tim Hughes Art Risley
Mechanic and Related/Stores Committee:
Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny
Bennie Martino Gary Peterson Rollie Reaves Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength
BROTHERS & SISTERS,
Transport Workers Union, TWU Local 501 Members, family, friends and Retirees, please be advised that the TWU Local 501 scheduled picnic for August 18, 2017 has been postponed due to projected thunderstorms.
Our Executive Board after carefully monitoring the weather forecast for August 18, 2017 in the Eisenhower Park area have decided that it would be best to postpone this years picnic and plan a bigger & better picnic in 2018.
We hope our Members, family,friends and retirees respect and support our decision and we apologize for any inconvenience we might have caused.
Should there be any questions pertaining to this communication please do not hesitate to reach out to any Officer of the Local.