Monthly Archives: November 2015
Brothers and Sisters:
As previously announced, on December 3rd, 2015, the TWU-IAM Association will officially open negotiations with American Airlines and begin bargaining a joint contract for the 30,000 ground workers at the world’s largest airline. We understand that many of you are anxious to get to the table and we thank you for your patience. Your representatives have worked tirelessly and carefully to ensure that we enter into joint bargaining from a position of strength. We’re prepared and we’re ready to fight to secure the best possible contracts for Association members, including better wages, benefits, working conditions and retirement security.
The Association will communicate transparently with you throughout this process, and we will work together, as one united organization, to put the members’ needs first and to change the way the airline industry does business once and for all.
To that end, we’d like you to know that we’ve put the best, strongest negotiating team in place to represent you. Below, you’ll find the names and locations for all of the bargaining team members, whose expertise and experience will be critical as we begin working through proposals with the company.
Mechanic and Related/Stores Negotiating Committee
Jason Best, Local 514
John Coveny, PIT
Bennie Martino, PHL
Sean Ryan, CLT
Mike Bush, Local 591
Dale Danker, Local 514
Gary Peterson, Local 591
Jay Sleeman, Local 513
Ken Coley, CLT
Mark Huffman, CLT
Larry Pike, Local 567
Mark Strength, PHX
Fleet Service Negotiating Committee:
Mark Baskett, CLT
Mike Fairbanks, CLT
Tim Hughes, Local 507
Mike Mayes, Local 505
Brian Oyer, Local 513
Pat Rezler, PHX
Andre Sutton, Local 502
Rodney Walker, BDL
Pete Hogan, Local 510
Steve Miller, BOS
Art Risley, Local 529
Bill Wilson, PHL
This team will be supported by the skills, knowledge and resources of two of the most experienced and successful airline unions in North America, the TWU and the IAM.
In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to provide updates on negotiations and other important information. We’d appreciate your continued feedback and look forward to moving forward with this dedicated and experienced team in place.
Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo
TWU-IAM Association Chairman and Vice Chairman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2015
CONTACT: Ori Korin (202) 374-6103
United Invincible: TWU International Stands With Southwest Ground Workers
International President Says It’s Time to Change the Way Airlines Bargain
Earlier this week, after TWU Local 555 held a regional union meeting in Southern California to discuss stalled contract negotiations with Southwest Airlines and potential options available to them through the Railway Labor Act, the airline began suspending members of the local and threatening to fire workers in some Southern California cities. The union, which represents ramp workers and other ground crews at airports across the United States, has been in contract negotiations with the company for four and half years, and entered federal mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in 2012. Southwest continues to threaten to fire the workers, all of whom secured time off in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement in order to attend the meeting.
TWU International President Harry Lombardo pledged the union’s full support of every member at Southwest Airlines. “In this union, one local’s fight is everyone’s fight. I’m tired of watching the airline industry get rich on the backs of working people. It’s time to fight back,” Lombardo said.
The effort at Southwest is part of the union’s larger strategy to draw the traveling public’s attention to the sad reality of working for some of the country’s largest airlines: stagnant wages, limited benefits and treacherous conditions.
As Lombardo went on to explain, “The rules that govern collective bargaining in the airline industry are broken, plain and simple. Companies are raking in record profits, CEOs are doing better than ever, and air travel has never been more expensive. Yet the people who get up and go to work every day to make sure those flights get off the ground—pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, ground crews, you name it—are struggling to support their families. These airlines have zero incentive to come to the table and bargain in good faith with their workers, and it’s time we change that system. The game is rigged, and I won’t stand by and watch as Southwest Airlines—or any company—continues to exploit the hardworking men and women of this union.”
TWU-IAM Joint Association Ready to Bargain: Leadership to Commence Negotiations with new American Airlines
Washington, D.C. – After a months-long contract reconciliation process, the TWU-IAM Association today announced that it will commence joint contract negotiations for approximately 30,000 ground workers including fleet service, mechanic and related/stores employees at American Airlines on December 3, 2015. Association Chairman Sito Pantoja and Vice Chairman Harry Lombardo have called on American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to come to the bargaining table ready to speak fairly and transparently with the men and women whose work helped his company earn a record $4.2 billion in profits last year.
The Joint Association, which faced several procedural hurdles before being certified as the bargaining agent for the merged workforce by the National Mediation Board (NMB), will head into these negotiations with one mission: to secure industry-leading contracts for its members, many of whom faced years of concessionary contracts during the airline’s bankruptcies.
“We look forward to sitting down with American Airlines leadership, because we know that they agree: their workforce is the best and the brightest, and they deserve a set of wages, benefits and working conditions that reflect that. Our members have done more than their fair share to keep this company in the black, and we won’t stand for any corporate executive getting rich off the backs of our people without offering them a fair deal in return,” said Pantoja and Lombardo in a joint statement.
The Association leadership also thanked the negotiating committees for their extensive work in reconciling the contracts and drafting the initial proposals, and applauded the Association members for their continued patience throughout the lengthy process.
“It may have taken us longer to get here than we initially expected, but we wanted to be prepared, and we wanted to do this right,” Pantoja and Lombardo continued. “Now let’s get to work.”