Negotiation Schedule Set

During the opening meeting for contract negotiations with American Airlines in Dallas, TX on December 3rd, Association negotiators and company representatives formed a subcommittee tasked with developing an initial negotiating schedule.

That subcommittee has met and scheduled negotiating sessions between our Association negotiating committees and American Airlines for the weeks of January 11, January 18 and January 25. Both parties have committed to devote full weeks to the meetings, and have agreed to meet as late each day as negotiations require. For each of these sessions, and as the bargaining process moves forward, negotiating sessions will generally be two meetings split between Mechanic & Related/Stores personnel and Fleet Service personnel, and combined as a full Association group whenever necessary or appropriate. Other, smaller subgroups may meet from time to time to negotiate unique provisions or contract language applicable to them.

American Airlines did not submit a proposal package at our December 3rd meeting, and indicated that they would accept the Association’s proposals as the starting point for these negotiations. We welcome negotiations centered on the issues important to our membership. As we prepare for the first full negotiating session during the week of January 11th, we look forward to the opportunity for our negotiators to provide an understanding of our expectations and the meaning of our proposals. We are eager for full and direct negotiations to begin in earnest.

Your continued patience and solidarity is appreciated and we look forward to keeping you updated throughout the negotiating process.

Association Presents Positions/Proposals to American

 

The TWU-IAM Association yesterday presented American Airlines with a comprehensive package of positions/proposals that will serve as the foundation to achieve joint collective bargaining agreements for 30,000 ground workers at the largest, most profitable airline.

 

Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, Chair and Vice Chair of the Association, attended the opening of negotiations and reiterated to American management that only the industry’s best contracts will be acceptable and reminded them of the past sacrifices made by Association members that have enabled American to be the largest and most profitable airline in the world.

 

After the Association presented the positions/proposals to American, management representatives then caucused to take a cursory look at the openers. Management then returned, complimented the negotiating committees on their level of detail and prep work and agreed to set future bargaining dates. Those dates will be announced when they are confirmed.

 

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30,000 TWU-IAM Association Members Open Negotiations With American Airlines

 
Amid unprecedented company and industry profitability, the TWU-IAM Association today announced that it commenced the largest ever joint contract negotiations with American Airlines for approximately 30,000 ground workers in Dallas, Texas.
 
“American Airlines is booking record profits quarter after quarter because of its merger with US Airways. The carrier will more than double its earnings this year as compared to last year’s results,” said Association Chairman and Vice Chairman Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, respectively. “The time has come for the 30,000 TWU-IAM Association members to achieve what they rightfully deserve: the industry’s best contracts.”
 
“It was these workers who sacrificed when times were bad and made it possible for American to not only survive, but now thrive,” continued Pantoja and Lombardo. “It’s high time they receive their just rewards by attaining the job security, compensation, working conditions and the dignified retirement they rightfully deserve. Nothing less will suffice.”
 
American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013, creating the largest global airline. In response to that consolidation, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) formed a labor alliance, representing approximately 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores/Logistics employees. Prior to the merger, TWU represented pre-merger ground workers at American and IAM represented their pre-merger US Airways counterparts.
 
The TWU-IAM Association is the largest labor union at American Airlines.
 
For more information, visit www.usaamerger.com