Local 505 is Ready To Fight

The Today We Unite—I’m Ready To Fight effort is a project of TWU’s International Campaign Unit, our cross-divisional, cross-departmental strategic campaign department designed to take on the union’s biggest fights. It launched the internal organizing drive to generate support for the TWU bargaining teams at American Airlines, which have now been at the table with the company for over a year and a half. And while they've resolved a number of issues, there are still key areas of the contract that need to be addressed. Our bargaining committees show up at every bargaining session prepared and ready to work, but the company has shown no sense of urgency to finalize this contract. That is unacceptable.

So we’ll continue this campaign for as long as it takes, and we’ll keep our members up to date on all the ways they can keep the pressure on the airline. Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action, and in the meantime, keep taking these #TodayWeUnited photos and sharing them. Check out the slideshow on the International home page, our Flickr feed, and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the photos.

The Today We Unite—I’m Ready To Fight

TWU Working Women’s Committee

TWU sisters and brothers across divisions came to share ideas, strategies, stories and power this February/March; a three-day meeting was held in Washington D.C.. Present was our Local 505 representative Leona Taylor who is active with the WWC on an on-going basis. The WWC has taken on a number of important projects ranging from legislative and political action, organizing and training, community outreach, health and family issues. The WWC is an organization of Union women and men who ban together for networking, programs, education and leadership skill enrichment. The TWU International’s WWC comes together several times a year to report out on local progress and move forward on the year’s key platforms and agenda items, many of which complement some of TWU International’s overall goals and priorities.

 

This year’s focus was on Lobbying to support the reintroduction of PWFA (Pregnant Worker Fairness Act) to the 115th Congress. This important piece of legislation was introduced to the 114th Congress in 2014 as H.R. 2654 and S. 1512.  The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler (New York-10) in the House and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) in the Senate, there were 180 bi-partisan co-sponsors.

 

The PWFA is being lobbied for many reasons, including: treating physical limitations related to pregnancy or childbirth in the same way that the ADA treats those with disabilities; prohibition of an employer from forcing a pregnant worker to go onto leave; making clear that an employer cannot discriminate against a pregnant worker who needs or asks for reasonable accommodations; and explain the benefits to the employer in the form of employee retention.

 

Local 505 Member Leona Taylor, and over 20 other TWU Committee Members hit the U.S. Capitol strongly and met directly with many of the U.S. Representatives both Democrats and Republicans to lobby PWFA.  Leona met with U.S. Reps. Coffman (R-CO), Speier (D-CA), and Takono (D-CA) to spread the word and lobby for support of the PWFA bill. We at Local 505 are proud of Leona’s work and participation with other TWU Locals in showing our strength and unity on a national level.

Check out the WWC Facebook page for more information.

AA Negotiations

TO: Members of AA Locals 501 – 591
RE: AA Negotiations

Brothers and Sisters:

As many of you may have heard, we have reached a critical point in negotiations with the company. Following the interim wage agreement last fall, American Airlines has continued to stall and deploy divisive tactics inhibit the bargaining process. The Executive Committee, led by Association Chair Sito Pantoja and Vice Chair Harry Lombardo, will take the lead at the bargaining table  oving forward, with the full presence and support of the current negotiating committee behind them.

Make no mistake: The strength, resources and powerful presence of two International Unions at the table with the world’s largest airline is exactly what our members deserve and it is the support we need as we move into the more complex economic articles of these negotiations. Both committees remain committed to working with Association leadership to fight for our members’ best interests at every turn, and remain unified in our mission to negotiate the best possible contract. With TWU and IAM International union leadership by our side, we are prepared to work until we reach an agreement that recognizes our members’ hard work, and restores their dignity and respect on the job.

In Solidarity,

Sean Doyle
International Vice President

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

 

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