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.
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.