Monthly Archives: July 2015

Pre-funding Arbitration

Date: July 31, 2015

Memo: To All TWU AA Members

From: Garry Drummond, Director, Air Transport Division

Re: Pre-funding Arbitration

The TWU Pre-funding Arbitration will take place on November 17 and 18, 2015, before Arbitrator Richard Bloch.

Our legal team has been fighting road blocks put up by the company regarding the scheduling of the hearing. The Arbitrator had offered earlier consecutive dates to AA and TWU which, if accepted, would obviously have brought the case to a decision in a time frame more acceptable to TWU. When AA stated that it was unavailable on these dates, our counsel requested that any and all steps be considered by the company in an effort to expedite the arbitration process, ranging from appointment of a new arbitrator, to utilizing single dates, to streamlining the arbitration itself by using affidavits in place of direct testimony. The company would not agree to any of the proposals presented that could have resulted in presentation of the case prior to November. Thus, it became necessary for TWU to agree to proceed on the dates offered by the Arbitrator in November, in order to make certain that these days not be lost, with consequent further delay.

At the arbitration, TWU will be urging the Arbitrator to rule that the pre-funding contributions made by American to match the contributions of each participating TWU member should be distributed promptly to those on behalf of whom the contributions were made. TWU will also present the argument that, in the event the Arbitrator should rule against TWU on that first argument, each post November 2012 retiree should be entitled to periodic distributions from his “account” to assist him/her in paying retiree health premiums, as was provided for by the pre-funding Plan during all the years during which the employees were making their contributions.

We understand and share your feelings of frustration at the delay in getting our case heard, and having the opportunity to present the above arguments to the Arbitrator. We realize those feelings are compounded by having to wait for November. We are ready for an effective presentation, and will not stand for any further delay in getting this issue resolved.

TWU-IAM Association Schedules New Meetings: Reconciliation Process Continues

In continuing the process to initiate joint contract bargaining with American Air-lines, your TWU-IAM Association Negotiating Committees have scheduled meetings the weeks of July 27th and August 3rd in Chicago, Illinois.

The Negotiating Committees will continue the “reconciliation process.” “Reconciliation” simply means that the committees examine contractual language—article by article—analyze the provisions and identify the best aspects of each collective bargaining agreement. Your negotiators will then “reconcile” the language of each existing contract and compose new provisions for the joint agreement that reflect membership proposals.

This important work will build on the substantial progress made at the Winpisinger Center last week.

We thank you for the continued support and solidarity, and are anxious to get to the table with American Airlines to secure the contracts that TWU-IAM Association members rightfully deserve.

In solidarity,

Mechanic and Related/Stores Negotiations Committee
Jason Best, Mike Bush, Ken Coley, John Coveny, Dale Danker, Mark Huffman, Bennie Martino, Gary Peterson, Larry Pike, Sean Ryan, Jay Sleeman and Mark Strength

Fleet Service Negotiations Committee
Mark Baskett, Mike Fairbanks, Pete Hogan, Tim Hughes, Mike Mayes, Steve Miller, Brian Oyer, Pat Rezler, Art Risley, Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker and Bill Wilson

TWU-IAM Association Moves Closer to Joint Contract Negotiations With American

The Mechanic & Related/Stores/MCT and Fleet Service TWU-IAM Association Negotiating Committees met for the first time this week at the IAM’s William Winpinsinger Training Center in Hollywood, MD. The Contract Preparation Program was launched by TWU-IAM Association Chair and Vice-Chair, Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, who pledged the full support of the Association to attain our goal of indus-try-best collective bargaining agreements.

Association negotiators broke out in separate Committee sessions and began contract preparations with great success. The Negotiating Committees shared their philosophies and histories, and gained a deeper un-derstanding of each other’s contracts. The Committees then began to reconcile contract language separately and compared benefits from all contracts.

Both Negotiating Committees have come together as excellent working teams.

We are planning additional joint meetings to continue the reconciliation process so all groups can initiate joint contract negotiations with American Airlines. Our goal is to present contracts that reflect and address the memberships’ proposals and past sacrifices. Association members deserve nothing less.

To achieve this we all must show solidarity at all times.

Combining different contracts with different histories will be a monumental task for each Negotiating Committee. We will, however, achieve our goals together if we tell American Airlines with one loud and clear voice that we deserve the dignity and respect of a fair contract.

Fraternally,                

Mechanic and Related/Stores Negotiations Committee
Jason Best, Mike Bush, Ken Coley, John Coveny, Dale Danker, Mark Huffman, Bennie Martino, Gary Peterson, Larry Pike, Sean Ryan, Jay Sleeman and Mark Strength

Fleet Service Negotiations Committee
Mark Baskett, Mike Fairbanks, Pete Hogan, Tim Hughes, Mike Mayes, Steve Miller, Brian Oyer, Pat Rezler, Art Risley, Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker and Bill Wilson