Monthly Archives: March 2015
March 23, 2015
TO: AA Locals 501 – 591
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
In conjunction with the work that has been done by the Local Presidents over the last few weeks, including our session in Baltimore, subcommittees have been established to reconcile differences between the TWU AA contracts and the IAM US Airways contracts. The initial TWU table teams and subcommittees are:
Fleet Service: David Virella*, Brian Oyer, Mike Mayes and Pete Hogan. The Fleet Service subcommittee, assisting with research and the writing of proposals: Victor Gonzalez, Andre Sutton, Tim Hughes, Tim Marting and Tom Lee.
M&R Title I: Sean Doyle*, Dale Danker, Larry Pike and Gary Peterson.
MCT: Tony McCoy*, Jason Best and Gary Moffitt.
Title II: Tony McCoy*, Dale Lantz, Jay Sleeman and Eddie Suarez. The Title II subcommittee, assisting with research and the writing of proposals: Chris Kiernan, Robert Todd, Harry Clark, Bill Clark, Ken Vunck and Mike Schwanz.
Title V: Sean Doyle*, Pat Bax, Bob Strebeck and Mike Bush.
These groups will be working diligently over the next few weeks to finalize proposals in preparation for contract reconciliation with the IAM.
We will continue to keep you informed with updates as we move through the process of negotiating an agreement you and your families truly deserve.
Director Air Transport Division
Harry Lombardo, TWU International President, Made a commitment at our 24th Constitutional Convention to empower the membership and support the locals.
The survey is being mailed out to you in the next several days by the International. This survey which Harry believes is critically important and is meant to gain feedback on how the International communicates and prioritizes the needs of the members as well as gauge the issues and interests of importance to you.
Harry is requesting that all members fill out and return the survey once they receive it. In addition, the survey can also be completed online at www.twusurvey.com. Their goal is for each Local to have at least a 25% participation rate and he is confident we can see those results. As an incentive to participate, those filling out the survey will become eligible to win merchandise from ShopTWU.com.
This week, TWU's American Airlines local presidents, along with US Airways locals, are engaged in a rigorous, first-of-its-kind contract negotiations training course. This training, which began on Sunday, spans the entire week and is part of the union's coordinated strategy in preparation for upcoming contract negotiations with the airline.
Right now, the TWU/IAM Association is waiting on the National Mediation Board to issue a decision in response to our request for determination of Single Carrier Status. Before we can officially launch contract negotiations, we need to secure this determination. The NMB is currently reviewing the request — and TWU is actively working with the Board and doing everything in our power to expedite the process.
TWU is going into negotiations tough, united and prepared to fight. We are absolutely determined to get all TWU/IAM Association-represented workers the gold-standard contracts they expect and deserve! That's why our AA local presidents and US Airways locals are meeting at Maryland this week: to train, share information, and coordinate efforts so that together we can be at our strongest.
This type of negotiations training — across all AA locals — is unprecedented at the TWU. The bankruptcy and merger process has been very rocky, and the company has tried time and again to buck its commitments to workers. We know what to expect from the company at the bargaining table, and we're ready. There is a lot that we need to do here to recover lost ground, but we are determined to come out ahead in these negotiations.
The six-day training is facilitated by TWU Education and Training Coordinator Bob Wechsler, who is being ably assisted by a number of industry economists and expert trainers. TWU International President Harry Lombardo opened the training by addressing AA local presidents regarding the TWU/IAM Association's contract negotiations strategy and objectives at the bargaining table. Also in attendance at the training seminar are ATD Division Director Garry Drummond and International representatives Gary Shults, Sean Doyle, and Dave Virella.
Specific training areas include extensive preparation in negotiations strategy, bargaining table tactics and techniques, and effective communications with members.
For more information on the status of the negotiations process, please check TWU's Statements section on the website homepage for updates.
Q. 1 I am a full time Crew Chief. At my station, only part time Fleet Service clerks have put in a bid for a full time Fleet Service Crew Chief promotional opportunity. Will I be allowed to self-demote?
A. 1 No. This is because bids will only be awarded within the same station (local airport), classification and status (FT/PT). Full time Crew Chief opportunities will be filled by full time employees and part time Crew Chief opportunities will be filled by part time employees. Under the circumstances you describe above, you would not be allowed to self-demote.
Q. 2 I am a full time Crew Chief. I have less seniority than an employee with recall rights to the position I want to self-demote to at my station. Will I be allowed to self-demote?
A. 2 In order to protect the recall rights of other employees, the Company and the TWU have agreed that under such circumstances, you would be prohibited from exercising the ability to self-demote during the special window. (Reference letter of agreement dated March 14, 1996)
Q. 3 I have been a Crew Chief for less than 180 days. Can I self-demote?
A. 3 Normally, a Crew Chief is not allowed to self-demote during the trial period. However, during this special window only, you are eligible to self-demote.
Q. 4 I am a full time Crew Chief, who was a part time Fleet Service Clerk immediately prior to becoming a Crew Chief. Will I be allowed to self-demote?
A. 4 Yes, but only if a full time Fleet Service Clerk has put in a bid for a full time Crew Chief promotional opportunity. (Refer to Question #1.)
Q. 5 Can I refuse a bid for a Crew Chief opportunity under the special self-demotion provision?
A. 5 You may withdraw your bid prior to the end of the special window, but not after. Bids on file at the end of the special window are irrevocable and cannot be rescinded.
Q. 6 I was demoted for cause (or during the trial period) six months ago. Am I eligible to bid for a Crew Chief opportunity created by the special window?
A. 6 No. As a result of your demotion less than twelve months ago, you do not meet the qualifications required for the Crew Chief classification.
Q. 7 What qualifications are required to be a Crew Chief?
A. 7 To qualify for a Crew Chief position created by the special window, an employee must take and pass the qualifying test(s) established in the QAM (Qualifications Administration Manual) prior to being awarded a Crew Chief position. In other words, all employees must be qualified before the self-demotion and upgrade can take place.
Q. 8 What shift, days off and/or work area will I have as a result of changing positions during the special window?
A. 8 Shift, days off and other work assignment details will be handled on a local basis and coordinated with the Company and local TWU representatives.
Q. 9 I am currently a Crew Chief at a station that is covered under the One Station Complex Agreement, specifically, LGA. Am I subject to being reassigned to JFK as a result of electing to self-demote?
A. 9 No. The provisions of Article 46 – One Station Complex Agreements, are not applicable under the self-demotion process.
Q. 10 I’m a Crew Chief in Cargo. Will I be “held” for promotion/demotion purposes within the Cargo group or will I be blended into the overall Fleet Service group at the station?
A. 10 The special self-demotion provision was intended to apply at the station (local airport). Therefore, for purposes of the special self-demotion window, the Cargo Fleet Service employees and the Ramp Fleet Service employees will be blended into one group.
Q. 11 I am on an unpaid Leave of Absence/Inactive Status. Will I be eligible to self-demote or promote under this special provision?
A. 11 No. You must be on active payroll at the time you submit your request in order to be eligible to participate in the Crew Chief special self-demotion window. If you are drawing SK pay then you would be considered under this provision.
Q. 12 I am on a Union Leave of Absence. Am I allowed to self-demote or promote under this provision?
A. 12 Yes.
Q. 13 If I self-demote under the special window, will I be able to be utilized as a D1 (Acting Crew Chief) after my self-demotion? If not, how long will I be ineligible?
A. 13 Crew Chiefs self-demoting through the special self-demotion process will be required to wait for a period of twelve (12) months to bid another regular or temporary Crew Chief vacancy and wait twelve (12) months to serve in the capacity of an acting Crew Chief.
Q. 14 When must the window open and close?
A. 14 As outlined in Article 12(n) (2) and (3), the window must be started and concluded during the month of March.
Should you have any questions not addressed in this Q & A, please call your LR/HR Ops Support office or representative.
Yesterday, the National Mediation Board (NMB) requested additional information from the TWU/IAM Association relating to our request for a determination of Single Carrier Status (SCS). Specifically, the NMB asked for documentation related to both American Airlines and US Airways Simulator Technicians.
This request is evidence the NMB is actively engaged in processing the Association’s SCS determination filing, which is required before Alliance Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stock Clerk members can start negotiating agreements that recognize all of the hard work and sacrifice they have made.