Association information pertaining to BOSTON and Tower Planners System wide

Dear Association member,

As you know, in May, 2013, following the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (lAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) formed the TWU-IAM Associations. The Associations were subsequently certified as the bargaining representatives at American Airlines by the National Mediation Board (NMB) in May, 2015 after the NMB determined that American Airlines was a single transportation system.

The representation structure of the Associations is based on the relative active membership size of the IAM and TWU at specific locations. For example, since the TWU has a larger membership in Dallas, the TWU will assume representation responsibilities for all Association members at that location once a joint contract is ratified by all Association members. The same is true for the IAM in Charlotte, since the IAM has more active members at that particular location.

Boston, however, has presented a very unique issue. Active membership size for both the IAM and TWU in all covered classifications at that location is essentially equal. Initially, representation at BOS was assigned to the IAM. However, due to the long traditions, strong fraternal bonds and unique history of the TWU and IAM locals in that city, the Association leadership-as required by Association agreement language-engaged in discussions regarding modifying the representation structure in Boston.

The Association Chair and Vice Chair have voluntarily resolved this issue without the need for third party adjudication. Effective on membership ratification of joint collective bargaining agreements, representation responsibilities for all Association classifications at the Boston location will remain the same, with the IAM maintaining representation of the pre-merger US Airways workforce and the TWU maintaining representation of the pre-merger American workforce. New members will be split one for one.

Further, it has been agreed that for efficiency of representation that the IAM will assume principal representation responsibilities for all Tower Planners throughout the American Airlines system, including those previously unrepresented Tower Planners at pre-merger American Airlines.

This agreement is yet another example of the mutual respect that permeates our Association and our commitment to fostering a collaborative and strong partnership so we can maintain our focus on our only goal: bettering the lives of all Association members and their families.

Sincerely and fraternally,

Timothy J. Klima – Airline Coordinator – IAM
Mike Mayes – Air Division Director – TWU

AA Bargaining Update – August 12

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Dallas.
Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

During this session, your committee worked on developing a Q&A related to the Interim Letter of Agreement hoping to clarify members’ questions about wage increases and other issues. Once the Q&A is finalized, it will be released to the membership. In addition, your committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

  • Shift Swaps/Change of Shift (CS) – M&R & MLS: We have reached a tentative agreement on this article.
  • Training – M&R:  We have received a proposal from the company and will be doing a final review with hopes of reaching an agreement.
  • Training – MCT:  We have a made a proposal to the company, which should address all outstanding issues, and are waiting on a response.
  • Training – MLS: We have a made a proposal to the company, and have narrowed the issues down to one single issue, and are waiting on a response.
  • Overtime – M&R & MLS: The company responded to our last proposal on overtime. We will be preparing a response for the next session.
  • Vacation – M&R & MLS: We are still waiting on the company to respond to our proposal.
  • Holidays – M&R, MLS, MTS & MCT:  We have narrowed this issue down to how much we will be paid on a holiday. We did not receive a proposal from the company this week.
  • Limited Duty- M&R, MLS, MCT & MTS: Your committee passed this proposal to the company in a previous session; we did not receive a proposal from the company this week. 

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)    

Upcoming negotiating sessions:

Week of August 22, NYC Week of August 29, DCA Week of Sept. 19, DFW
Week of Sept. 26, NYC    

We remain united, committed, and resolute in negotiating the JCBAs we deserve. The Interim Letter of Agreement regarding wages changes nothing in our approach to negotiating JCBAs. Our negotiations will continue, and we are committed to fighting for a strong contract that restores your dignity and offers you even more respect on the job. We appreciate your continued solidarity, support, and patience, which is imperative to helping us obtain this goal.


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

Fleet Service Update

As you likely know, the interim wage agreement that was reached last week provides our membership with wage and pension increases (the TWU 5.5 percent 401[k] company match increases in value and the IAM pension fund contribution increases), and job security enhancements. The negotiating committees met with the company this week to address specifically additional job security articles, cross utilization procedures, and to finalize the full text interim wage agreement that was released to the membership on August 10.  

In response to your questions about the agreement, we developed a joint Q&A with the company to help clarify the interim agreement, and have now resumed contract negotiations. As we explained, we remain united and committed to negotiate the JCBAs we deserve. The Interim Letter of Agreement regarding wages does not change our aggressive approach to negotiating this joint contract.

This week, with the task of finalizing separate interim agreements and Q&As for the different classes and crafts, we were able to pass our counter proposal back to the company on temporary assignments, and also worked on counter proposals for hours of service and part time ratio. The other articles we’re currently negotiating include vacations, holidays, sick leave, overtime, and recognition and rights. These are all in the company’s possession and we are eagerly awaiting their responses when we resume our next negotiation session.

The following are our upcoming negotiations sessions:

Week of August 22, NYC Week of August 29, DCA Week of Sept. 19, DFW
Week of Sept. 26, NYC    


Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler