Monthly Archives: May 2015
The National Mediation Board (NMB) today certified the TWU-IAM Association for the Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related and Stores classifications as the collective bargain-ing agent for all of the above classifications at American Airlines.
All three Associations were formed following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Both the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) agreed to jointly represent Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related, and Stores employees at the merged carrier instead of engaging in a long, costly and acrimonious representation dispute.
“With today’s ruling, the Associations can now get down to the business of negotiating the industry’s best contracts that our members deserve,” said TWU President Harry Lombardo and IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja in a joint statement.
The Associations requested on August 16, 2014 that the NMB make a determination of single carrier status for all classes and crafts covered by the Employee Associations. The NMB ruled on April 15, 2015 that American was operating as a single carrier for all groups covered by the Associations’ filing. The NMB’s process allowed a 30-day peri-od after a single carrier determination for any intervenor to supply a showing of interest to compete for representation of the employees affected. No such showing of interest was filed resulting in the Board issuing a certification of the TWU-IAM Associations as the recognized bargaining agents.
The TWU-IAM Association represents approximately 30,000 ground workers at
American Airlines and is the largest union at the carrier.
President Lombardo and International Treasurer Alex Garcia address SFO Title 2 automotive mechanics in station visit.
Currently, there is information being circulated amongst the membership that would indicate that the lAM and the TWU have entered into an agreement to transfer the frozen TWU Pension Plan from its current trust to the lAM National Pension Plan.
NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH!
Yes, we have an agreement to support the continuation of the IAMNPF for lAM members in joint collective bargaining and for our support, the lAM has offered to allow TWU members to join IF they chose to do so on a prospective basis. The Transport Workers Union, the International Association of Machinists and American Airlines have never entered into any discussions, nor agreements, to transfer our American Airlines frozen pension plan to any other pension plan. During bankruptcy, the TWU fought extremely hard to keep the pension plan from being terminated and turned over to the PBGC, which was a savings of hundreds of millions of dollars to the TWU membership.
THE TWU WILL ALWAYS FIGHT TO PROTECT YOUR PENSIONS!