Neutral Javits Issues Initial Integrated Seniority Lists at American Airlines

Sisters and Brothers,

The TWU-IAM Association today announced that Neutral Joshua Javits issued his Report and Recommendations and initial integrated seniority lists for the Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores work groups at American Airlines.

In June, the Association retained the services of Neutral Javits, former Chairman of the National Mediation Board and member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Association’s Seniority Integration Committee’s work and to resolve identified issues and differences that required expert attention to reach a fair and equitable integration of seniority lists. Neutral Javits’ Report and Recommendations and initial integrated seniority lists—created in accordance with earlier seniority integration agreements—reflect this comprehensive analysis and explain how the seniority lists are integrated.

During the fact-finding stage of Neutral Javits’ comprehensive analysis, TWU-IAM Association members submitted 836 detailed comments. Additionally, Neutral Javits met with and received remarks from the TWU-IAM negotiators and the Seniority Integration Committee. All of these comments were carefully deliberated by Neutral Javits and guided how he grappled with the more intricate and highly complex aspects of the seniority integration process.

Integrating seniority lists is the most important issue that affects our membership in an airline merger. The TWU-IAM Association and Neutral Javits have undertaken this seniority integration process with great care and deliberation so that all Association members at American Airlines are treated fairly and equitably.

All Association members will have until February 10, 2017 to protest in writing his or her placement on the initial integrated seniority lists in accordance with the process and requirements set forth in the accompanying communication from Neutral Javits. All protests must be received on or before February 10th. Final integrated seniority lists will be issued after all protests are considered.

Visit www.usaamerger.com to view the Javits Report and Recommendations, the Report Summary and Chart with instructions on how to file a protest and all initial integrated seniority lists.

AA Bargaining Update, Dec. 16

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

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Fleet Service Update

The company presented the following proposals to the union this week:

  • Vacations – No tentative agreement was reached as the remaining issues include the number of vacation weeks and accrual formula. 
  • Hours of Work – No tentative agreement was reached as the remaining issues include the scheduling of part-timers and adverse weather conditions. 

The union presented the following proposals to the company this week:

  • Reduction in Force  
  • Recall
  • Voluntary Furlough
  • One Station Complex Agreement (TWU)
While recognizing the similarities of intent, the differences in application are vastly different in the two contracts. The company’s proposals didn’t provide the protections needed for our members.
 
The company did not respond to the following articles in this week’s negotiating session.
  • Recognition of Rights and Compliance
  • Holidays 
  • Sick Time

Current TAs:

Shift Differential

Preamble

Training, Travel Pay and 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 and Health

Purpose of Agreement

Termination of Employment

Shift Trades

Furlough Benefits

Work Schedules

Temporary Assignments

 

 


Fraternally,

Mark Baskett

Mike Fairbanks

Tim Hughes

Steve Miller

Tim Murphy

Brian Oyer

Pat Rezler

Art Risley

Andre Sutton

Rodney Walker

Bill Wilson

 

 

Mechanic & Related Stores Update

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

Limited Duty- M&R, MLS, MTS and MCT – We have reached an agreement in principle on this Article which provides enhanced protections for our members.

Hours of Service – M&R, MLS & MCT – We will meet with the accredited subcommittee in our next session in PHX to try to bring this Article to a close. Reminder; we have reached an agreement in principle on this article.

General and Miscellaneous – We continued to prepare our response on this Article for a pass to the Company. This Article encompasses many facets of the CBA and continues to evolve as we progress through the negotiations process. We are trying to close out as many parts of this Article as practical, leaving it open until the end of the negotiations to ensure complete coverage in the new JCBA.

Overtime – M&R, MLS and MCT – We exchanged dialog on this Article during this session. We remain steadfast in our positions on NO mandatory overtime, limiting job continuation and pay for overtime bypass.

Vacation – M&R, MLS & MCT – We exchanged dialog on this Article during this session on the outstanding issues in an attempt to close out this Article.

Holidays – M&R, MLS, MTS and MCT – We discussed outstanding issues on this Article during this session in an attempt to close out this Article.

We spent time reviewing all the Articles that we have tentatively agreed to with the Company to map out our plan over the next session.

M&R= Mechanic & Related

MLS= Material Logistics Specialists (Stores)

MTS– Maintenance Training Specialists

MCT= Maintenance Control Technicians

The company gave your committee an update on the previous briefing on the process for the True Up payment provided in the Interim Letter of Agreement. An updated communication will be forth coming from the Company

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 Adjustment/Arbitration

 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) M&R,  MLS & MCT

Recall (HOS)

 One Station Agreements
M&R & MLS

*HOS = Hours of Service

 Upcoming negotiating sessions:

 The week of Jan. 9-PHX           The week of Jan 23-MCO

Fraternally,

Jason Best

Mike Bush

Ken Coley

John Coveny

Dale Danker

Mark Huffman

Bennie Martino

Gary Peterson

Rollie Reaves

Sean Ryan

Jay Sleeman

Mark Strength

 

AA Bargaining Update, Sept. 30

Sisters and Brothers,

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of September 26 in DFW. Updates from both committees are below.

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Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

Hours of Service M&R & MLS – We continue to work on this article and are moving closer to an agreement.

  • Rebids- M&R & MLS – We reached a tentative agreement on this section of the Hours of Service article. The tentatively agreed to language includes three specific calendar rebids, which will provide stability for our membership.
  • Ten hour shifts  – We passed a proposal to the company about implementation and removal of ten hour shifts and are down to a single issue.

Overtime – M&R – We exchanged proposals again on this article. We have narrowed it down to a few issues. In this session we had contentious debate on the outstanding issues, and we remain steadfast in our positions on NO mandatory overtime, limiting job continuation and pay for overtime bypass. We are also working through the overtime distribution procedures; i.e., how the overtime will be called.

Vacation – M&R & MLS – We are still waiting on the company to respond to our proposal.

Vacation – MCT – We have not received a counter proposal from the company on this article.

Holidays – M&R, MLS, and MTS & MCT – We have narrowed this article 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 – We received a counter proposal from the company this week in response to our original pass and are preparing our response.

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
Adjustment/Arbitration
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    


As an Association, the M&R/MLS negotiating committees will continue to stand with our Fleet Service brothers and sisters as they work through their differences with the company concerning the implementation of cross utilization.

Upcoming negotiating sessions:

Week of Oct. 17: ORD Week of Nov. 14: DFW
Week of Oct. 24: DFW Week of Dec. 5: DCA
Week Nov. 7: LAS   Week of Dec. 12: LAS


We have also reached agreement on the outstanding issues arising from the interim agreement concerning: MOC rates of pay, Stores rates of pay and TWU Flex Rates. In addition, those members who would have reached top of scale (TOS) on or before November 4, 2016 will also be adjusted to TOS in the near future.

Resolving these issues would not have been possible without the solidarity of the membership and the Association’s Negotiating Committee. Thank you for your continued solidarity and support as we move forward in securing an industry leading contract.

Fraternally,

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

Fleet Service Update

In last week’s communication, we stated the Association was shown the company’s presentation on its cross utilization scheme that violates our collective bargaining agreements and the interim wage adjustment agreements. This is a blatant attack by the company to prematurely impose synergies that can only come from a new joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA). While our JCBA bargaining can be frustrating and sometimes confrontational, this tactic used by the company is disrespectful, dishonest and undermines the entire process.

At the company’s request, your committee met this week in Dallas/Fort Worth to continue the dialogue. The company informed us that they will present their cross utilization plans that includes crews comprised of a mix of legacy US Airways and American employees to management at the 13 co-locations: ATL, BOS, DCA, DFW, LAS, LAX, LGA, MCO, MIA, ORD, PHX, SFO, and TPA. We made it abundantly clear to the company that this action cannot be implemented without a joint collective bargaining agreement.  

The committee continued to draft and finalize our proposals on the open articles, in addition to the cross utilization meetings. This week we informed the company that we will not have any further proposal exchanges until the cross utilization issue is resolved.  

Your committee remains focused and ready to negotiate, while the company uses every tactic possible to stall the process.  No decisions can be reached without one or two of them consulting with the true decision makers at headquarters. In fact, the Association has the personnel in place at negotiations to reach an agreement. American does not.

Your support is critical to the successful outcome of these negotiations and is greatly appreciated. As an Association, in solidarity, we must remain unified in this endeavor.

Fraternally,
 

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

AA Bargaining Update, Sept. 22

Sisters and Brothers,

Both the Fleet Service and Mechanic and Related/Stores negotiating committees met this week in Washington, DC.  The week began with each committee meeting with company representatives to discuss outstanding articles and continue to exchange proposals.

The M&R/Stores committee exchanged proposals on Overtime and Rebids and have further narrowed our position for each article.  The company has yet to respond to our proposals regarding Vacations, Holidays and Limited Duty. Download this communication

The Fleet committee received the company’s counter proposals on Part Time, Temporary Assignments and Vacations.  The Temporary Assignments article has been narrowed down to two issues.  Some issues regarding Part Time and Vacation provisions were resolved, but fell short of meeting the memberships’ needs. We also finalized our counter proposals regarding Overtime and Vacations.  

On Wednesday, the company presented the Association with a Power Point presentation for Fleet Service cross-utilization that they previously shared with their leadership team. The company's presentation exceeded the cross-utilization of L-US and L-AA employees that is permitted in our recent pay adjustment agreement. Their plan, as presented, undermines our existing seniority system and contracts, and attempts to prematurely achieve the efficiencies that can only come from joint collective bargaining agreements.

Your representatives made it clear to the company that this is unacceptable. The company has requested to meet with the Association committees early next week to continue dialogue in an effort to resolve these issues.

The Association committees stand shoulder to shoulder and will not tolerate the company unilaterally making changes to existing agreements.

Fraternally,

Fleet Committee:

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 Relrated/Stores Committee:

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 505 President

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I have been honored to be your President during the past 10 years; as of August 19, 2016 I will be stepping down as President to take on a new role within the organization. While I am not sure how long this new position will last, I know I would not be able to give our Local the time and attention it deserves. So as of August 20, 2016, Jennifer Platt will assume the duties of the President per the Local 505 bylaws.

I know I probably didn’t meet everybody’s expectations, but I assure you I always kept the contract and our TWU Constitution in the forefront of all the decisions we made as a Local and I always had the membership’s interests at heart. Jennifer will continue to enforce the contract, but she can’t do it alone; she needs help from all of you.

With that said, I would like to thank some people who have helped me along the way. Robert Todd and Skip Hvorka, thank you for staying engaged and keeping Title 2 TWU members involved and represented. I’d like to thank Dirk Ault who stepped up and served a term as Financial Treasurer when no one else would. I’d like to thank Bill Saffings and Herb Brown for getting involved and trying to make a difference. I would like to thank Jennifer Platt who has done more than any of you can imagine. Jennifer has done more for the Union and the membership and myself on her own time than you will ever know, and that takes a special person, thank you. Then there is Marcy Bruin. Marcy, you have been there with me from the beginning. You and I have been through a lot. We didn’t always agree, but I wouldn’t change any of it for a minute. Just saying thank you doesn’t seem like it’s enough, but THANK YOU! There are many others over the years I would also like to thank from HNL, SEA, SJC, and SLC. Thank you all for teaching me and keeping me in line.

The members of Local 505 will always hold a special place in my heart. I will continue to be with all of you in Local 505 and will still be available, but just in a different capacity.

THANK YOU!!!!

Sincerely and fraternally,
Mike Mayes
President TWU Local 505

           

 

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