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