Brothers and Sisters,

As we turn the page on another year, your TWU Local 501 Executive Board would like to wish all of our members and their family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2017.

With your continued support we can tackle all expected changes and challenges at the New American and become Stronger each day, through Unity, Respect and Integrity.

Let us all make a Difference by helping and caring for all of our Brothers and Sisters on the job everyday, working safe at all times, and lets reach a point where all of our members can Stand as One every single day.

Your Executive Board also pledges moving forward to continue to lead our Local in the right direction, work as hard as possible, be as visible and informative as possible, and serve the membership to best of our abilities.

It’s also very important that we are all on the same page and ready to work hard every single day, with a positive attitude, so that we can have the best possible working conditions.

Be A Proud Member of the Transport Workers Union – Let’s have a Great Year!

Victor J. Gonzalez

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving has always been a day to reflect and give thanks for what we have.  It has been along year with many challenges that we have faced.  Whether it be work rule changes or wage increases, or just the everyday hustle of our busy lives here on the job.  Let us all take this time to be grateful for what we have and tot give thanks.  Share this day with your family and friends.  Enjoy the time spent together with them, you deserve it.

On behalf of the Executive Board of Local 501, I would like to thank our members for your patience and continued support and wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.


Anthony Jordan
Recording Secretary

AA Bargaining Update, Nov. 18

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below.

The following negotiation dates have been scheduled for the rest of the year:

Week of December 5 – DCA    Week of December 12 – LAS

Download Fleet Service        Download Mechanic & Related Stores

Fleet Service Update

This week, we focused on overtime and vacations, and during this session we exchanged multiple proposals and held several lengthy deliberations. We understand that these articles are very important to the membership and the complexity of the two separate agreements requires extensive attention to detail in the language proposed. While we have not reached tentative agreements with the company, we have reduced the outstanding issues in these articles.

In the meantime, the company has not responded to the following articles for an extended period of time:

  • Recognition of Rights and Compliance – The company wants to reserve the right to direct or assign our work under certain circumstances, without the direction of a Crew Chief/Lead.
  • Holidays – The rate of pay and the number of holidays are the outstanding issues in this article.
  • Sick Time – We remain apart on the number of sick days accrued each year and the accrual bank balance.
  • Part-Time – The company wants to base the part-time ratio on the total number of fleet service employees versus the total number of full-time employees.

Current TAs:

Shift Differential Preamble Training, Travel Pay, Meal Per Diem
Grievance Procedures Leaves of Absence Meal Periods
Representation Field Work System Board of Adjustment
Uniforms Absence from Duty No strike / No Lockout
Fitness for Duty Bulletin Boards Probation
Safety & Health Purpose of Agreement Termination of Employment
Shift Trades Furlough Benefits Work Schedules
Temporary Assignments    


Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler Art Risley
Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson Tim Murphy

Mechanic and Related/Stores Update

During this week’s session, the Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Hours of Service – M&R, MLS & MCT – We exchanged multiple proposals on this Article in an effort to reach closure. As we closed the week, we believe that we are close to reaching a tentative agreement.
  • Vacation – MCT – We presented a counter proposal on this Article.
  • Limited Duty- M&R, MLS, MTS and MCT –The company presented a counter proposal on this Article. We will continue to work on our response to their counter proposal.
  • Overtime – M&R – We did not exchange or discuss this Article in this session. We remain steadfast in our positions on NO mandatory overtime, limiting job continuation and pay for overtime bypass.
  • Overtime – MLS and MCT- We did not exchange or discuss this article in this session. We remain steadfast in our positions on NO mandatory overtime and pay for overtime bypass.
  • Vacation – M&R & MLS – We are waiting for the company to respond to our proposal.
  • Holidays – M&R, MLS, MTS and MCT – We have narrowed this Article down to holiday payment. We did not receive a proposal from the company this week.

M&R= Mechanic & Related
MLS= Material Logistics Specialists (Stores)
MTS- Maintenance Training Specialists
MCT= Maintenance Control Technicians

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part Time Employees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Temporary Employees/Eliminated
Furlough/Severance Termination of Employment/Eliminated Field Trip/Travel Pay
Shift Swaps (Change of Shift) Training: M&R MCT MLS Shift Swap MCT
Rebids, Hours of Service (HOS) Ten Hour Shifts (HOS) Realignment (HOS)
Reduction in Force (HOS) Recall (HOS)

One Station Agreements


*HOS = Hours of Service

Upcoming negotiating sessions:

The week of Dec. 5-DCA           The week of Dec. 12 LAS
The week of Jan. 9-PHX            The week of Jan 24-MCO


Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny
Dale Danker Mark Huffman Bennie Martino Gary Peterson
Larry Pike Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength


2017 Local 501 Calendar Book

Please see a Local 501 Representative to request a
“2017 Local 501 Calendar Book” which is now available for our Membership!