TWU Files Post-Hearing Brief in Pre-Funding Case

As previously reported, at a hearing in November, TWU presented a major segment of its grievance regarding American Airlines’ plans for disposition of the employer matching contributions which the company made on behalf of TWU-represented employees. At that hearing, the union believes it demonstrated that American violated its collective bargaining agreements.

TWU has filed a post-hearing brief, stating “that the aspect of TWU' s grievance that alleges that American violated the CBAs by not allowing post-October 31,2012 retirees to draw down from the Company’s matching contributions … to partially pay for their post-retirement health care coverage should be sustained." The post-hearing brief was filed on Jan. 22, 2016.

Read the full brief     Read the November update

AA Negotiations Continue in Baltimore This Week

The TWU-IAM Fleet Service and Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committees met this week in Baltimore, Md. and continued joint contract negotiations with American Airlines. Download this communication

Fleet Service Committee Update
February 12, 2016

The TWU-IAM Fleet Service Negotiating Committee met this week in Baltimore, Md. and continued joint contract negotiations with American Airlines. While the company publicly assures us that it's making every effort to move these negotiations forward, the reality is that American Airlines continues to employ some of the oldest tactics in the book to frustrate our negotiating committee.

Rest assured that despite the company’s claims of scheduling conflicts and attempts to propose concessions despite soaring profits, we remain committed to fighting for the best deal for Association members. We’re here, ready to work on your behalf, and we won’t settle for anything but the contract you deserve.

This week at the bargaining table, we tentatively agreed to provisions regarding bulletin boards and fitness for duty language, and exchanged proposals on grievance procedures and uniforms. We are still awaiting American’s response to our representation proposal.

Our next bargaining session is scheduled for the week of February 29, after which we will provide another update. As always, we appreciate your continued support and patience as we navigate this complicated negotiation process.

In solidarity,

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

 

Mechanic & Related/Stores Committee Update
February 12, 2016

The Mechanic & Related/Stores negotiating committee met with American Airlines this week of February 8 in Baltimore, Md.

As we continue to progress steadily toward a joint collective bargaining agreement, we remain firmly committed to one goal: negotiating the strongest deal for our members. We are working tirelessly to ensure that the best of both contracts are combined into one comprehensive agreement.

• We tentatively agreed on the following articles: fitness for duty, uniforms and bulletin boards. We will continue to exchange proposals with the company on these matters.

• We have exchanged proposals on articles for certain grievance procedures, and made our initial proposal regarding overall representation, which encompasses other grievance procedures and system board of adjustment. Both these articles are particularly complex, and because we are blending two existing, mature practices, it takes time. These articles are the foundation of our ability to enforce your rights under the agreement, so we are working through all articles with extreme
diligence and care.

We are scheduled to continue negotiations during the following weeks: February 29 in DFW, March 7 in DCA, March 21 in DFW and March 28 in DFW.

We appreciate your continued patience and solidarity throughout this process, and will continue to provide updates after each session.

In solidarity,

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

LOCAL 501 WORKING WOMAN’S COMMITTEE SPECIAL MEETING

This notice is an invitation to ALL Local 501 Working Women

We encourage all of our Working Women to attend this meeting as the goal is to EMPOWER and have our TWU Local 501 Sister's Support each other on and off the job through Unity and Education.

Date: February 25th, 2015
Times: 1000 am – 1500 – Open meeting!
Place: 153-33 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434
Tel: 718 978 1929

Food & beverages will be served and our Administration looks forward to having all of our TWU Local 501 Sister's attend and continue to build up the Working Woman's Committee.
 
Our Local 501 WWC Coordinator LGA Sister JoAnn Rota will Chair the meeting and special Guest speakers will be present.

"UNITED – INVINCIBLE"

It’s Here: The TWU App

You asked, we listened. You said you want information, that you want to hear from us, and that you want timely updates, news alerts, and the ability to share socially. You want to know what happens, when it happens. You want an open and transparent exchange of ideas, and you want to be kept up to date on the issues facing this union — whether they’re related to contracts, legislation, internal committees, or even photos of our members in action.

That’s why we’re so pleased to announce the first version of the NEW TWU mobile app, available now for Apple and Android phones.

The TWU App allows members to receive updates from their union in real time. As we promised when elected, we want to open the lines of communication between TWU International and our locals. We want to keep you informed, and we know you’re constantly on the go, working to keep America moving.

You can expect the app to be a current, one-stop shop and resource for you to keep up with all things TWU. You can control how often you hear from us by turning notifications on or off, and you can subscribe to notifications about your division, or all TWU divisions. You can also watch our award-winning videos, and sign up for our new e-newsletter, Shop Talk!

Download the app now for Apple or Android phones to try it out. If you have an old version of the TWU App, be sure to delete that one and get the new one!

Now, all that we ask is that you spread the word: in the break room, on social media, and everywhere in between. Please share the app with your brothers and sisters, forward this email to a friend, and share your feedback with us too!

Our ability to communicate is only as strong as our members’ willingness to participate, share, and engage. We hope you’ll join us in this next step toward making TWU a 21st century union, and download the app now on your Apple or Android phone.

Despite Blizzard, AA Talks Continue

Sisters and Brothers,

 
With some difficulty traveling due to winter storm Jonas, the Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of January 25 in Washington, DC.
 
We continue to make steady and thorough progress toward a new joint collective bargaining agreement, and remain firm in our stance to advocate what is best for the membership. Our main goal continues to be to incorporate the best of both contracts into a joint agreement. Download this communication
 
The following is the update for Fleet Service:
 
• Due to various complexities regarding the representation and grievance procedure provisions, we were unable to present our proposals to the company, but plan to do so in our next session.
 
• Following additional language revisions, we will also plan to pass a counter proposal to the company addressing fitness for duty language.
 
• On Thursday, the company presented initial proposals regarding bulletin boards and uniforms, which we are currently reviewing.

 
We are scheduled to continue negotiations during the following weeks: February 8 in BWI, February 29 in DFW, March 14 in JFK, March 21 in DFW and March 28 TBD. 

We appreciate your continued patience and solidarity throughout this process, and will continue to provide updates after each session.
 


In solidarity,











 
Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler
Art Risley Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson
 
 
The following is the update for Mechanic and Related/Stores:
 
• We have exchanged proposals with the company regarding fitness for duty and engaged in lengthy discussions on the understanding and interpretation of this article in a forward looking application. We are now awaiting the company’s response to our proposal.
 
• We have also exchanged proposals on grievance procedures, which is a particularly complex task, as we are blending two existing, mature practices. This article is the foundation of our ability to enforce your rights under the agreement, so we are working through it with extreme diligence and care. We are now awaiting the company’s response to our proposal.
 
• Due to various complexities surrounding the above-mentioned articles, we were unable to present our proposals to the company regarding the system board of adjustment and probation articles, but plan to do so in our next session. 
 
• On Thursday, we received initial proposals from the company on bulletin boards and uniforms.
 
We are scheduled to continue negotiations during the following weeks: February 8 in BWI, February 29 in DFW, March 7 in DCA, March 21 in DFW and March 28 TBD. 

We appreciate your continued patience and solidarity throughout this process, and will continue to provide updates after each session.
 


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