As 2015 comes to an end, our Local 501 Executive Board would like to wish all of our members and their family a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. In 2016 we the TWU as a whole will have many expectations and experience many challenges in the Air Transport Division.
Pertaining to the Equity Distribution, should the Judge rule in our favor, our members will promptly receive their remaining share.
As for the Pre-funding Arbitration case which was held in DFW on November 17 & 18, 2015, there are briefs in the case that still remain to be presented scheduled in January 2016. If the Arbitrator rules in the TWU's favor our members should receive the Prefunding/Retiree Medical company match.
The most important expectation for our members in 2016, most certainly will be the accomplishment of obtaining Industry Leading Joint Collective Bargaining Agreements for our Mechanic & Related and Fleet Service Clerks.
When the JCBA's are in place, our Executive Board will need ALL of our membership's continued support more than ever as we navigate through complex agreements for the next few years. In 2016 and into the future your administration is prepared for any and all challenges we may face, and are committed to providing a robust representation for our entire membership.
Victor J. Gonzalez
Brothers & Sisters of Local 501
2016 Calendar books are available at this time for the membership.
To receive one Please see a Local representative.
Local 501 Executive Board
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.