Monthly Archives: December 2018

Have a Happy New Year

Brothers and Sisters

Re: Have a Happy New Year

On behalf of our Transport Workers Union Local 501 (Airline Division) Executive Board, we wish a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of our members, family and friends in 2019.

While we can wish for the best in the New Year, we still must be cognizant that after 3 years in Negotiations with American, we can only hope that the mediation process will help us get what we deserve in a new CBA for all of us. We need to be diligently prepared to deal with the process, if we can’t convince American together to change their concessionary and Union busting proposals. We must win this battle as it will affect and determine the future of our jobs, lively hood and Organization.

To be clear, Union Members who have elected to lay back and let others take on the fight for our rights will have no choice but to support the Union 100% if Negotiations are not resolved. Playing the fence will not be an option and your loyalty as a Union Member will be tested!

This New American smiles in your face but are committed to strategically place our members system wide into a trance of obedience. The USPS Drug Testing issue is a perfect example how the company intentionally has violated our CBA rights and tried to convince members that they have every right to do so. Think long and hard as to why the company has never taken or requested an FSC employee to take a drug test without reasonable cause while on the job until now?

What’s next?


Your Executive Board is Experienced and a Proven Leadership that serves our membership to the best of our abilities, but your trust and continued support is not enough. Not just Local 501 but ALL Transport Workers Union members need to participate and be ready to meet ALL future Union challenges together and Stand as ONE.

Let’s have a great year and make TWU Local 501 as Strong as possible, work Safe and Always Appreciate your Blessings and be proud members of the Transport Workers Union.

In Solidarity,

Victor J. Gonzalez
President TWU Local 501
International Executive Board

Clarification on Motion

Brothers & Sisters,

Below are 3 attachments pertaining to the USPS issue we are dealing with and a message from Air Division Systems Coordinator Gary Peterson below:

In NY at Local 501 pertaining to LGA/JFK FSC we have been informed that there would be no attempts to drug test our members in December 2018. Starting January 1st, 2019 unless we resolve this issue with the company, their intent will be to notify a small group of our members that they will have 30 days to comply with a drug test or finger print process.

Your Local 501 Executive Board and International are diligently working to resolve this issue and anyone from Local 501 that the company plans to move forward with starting January 1st, 2019 will be informed by one of our Officers who will discuss the matter with you.

At this time from what we do know, at 501 the targeted list is less than 2% of our FSC NY membership.  Also, to be clear Local 501 is in no way on board with the company’s intended plans at this time and as always we will communicate with our members as accurate and timely as possible pertaining to Union information.

Victor J. Gonzalez
President, TWU Local 501
International Executive Board

Please see the below message from International Vice President & Air Division Systems Coordinator Gary Peterson:

Just a point of clarification to correct what was posted on social media about the Fleet Service lawsuit.

We are simply withdrawing the motion for appearance this week, not the complaint. We can always re-file the motion to get on the calendar. This is part of the idiosyncratic part of Chicago federal court procedures. The only way to get it off the calendar is to withdraw the motion.  We still have the complaint and we won’t dismiss the complaint until we have resolution.

Gary Peterson
International Vice President
Air Division Systems Coordinator 

File Stamped Memorandum in Support of Motion

Motion to Withdraw Preliminary Injuction (1)

Motion to Withdraw Preliminary Injuction