Monthly Archives: August 2016

Local 505 President

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I have been honored to be your President during the past 10 years; as of August 19, 2016 I will be stepping down as President to take on a new role within the organization. While I am not sure how long this new position will last, I know I would not be able to give our Local the time and attention it deserves. So as of August 20, 2016, Jennifer Platt will assume the duties of the President per the Local 505 bylaws.

I know I probably didn’t meet everybody’s expectations, but I assure you I always kept the contract and our TWU Constitution in the forefront of all the decisions we made as a Local and I always had the membership’s interests at heart. Jennifer will continue to enforce the contract, but she can’t do it alone; she needs help from all of you.

With that said, I would like to thank some people who have helped me along the way. Robert Todd and Skip Hvorka, thank you for staying engaged and keeping Title 2 TWU members involved and represented. I’d like to thank Dirk Ault who stepped up and served a term as Financial Treasurer when no one else would. I’d like to thank Bill Saffings and Herb Brown for getting involved and trying to make a difference. I would like to thank Jennifer Platt who has done more than any of you can imagine. Jennifer has done more for the Union and the membership and myself on her own time than you will ever know, and that takes a special person, thank you. Then there is Marcy Bruin. Marcy, you have been there with me from the beginning. You and I have been through a lot. We didn’t always agree, but I wouldn’t change any of it for a minute. Just saying thank you doesn’t seem like it’s enough, but THANK YOU! There are many others over the years I would also like to thank from HNL, SEA, SJC, and SLC. Thank you all for teaching me and keeping me in line.

The members of Local 505 will always hold a special place in my heart. I will continue to be with all of you in Local 505 and will still be available, but just in a different capacity.


Sincerely and fraternally,
Mike Mayes
President TWU Local 505



Leadership Changes for TWU Local 505 Title II and Title III at SFO

I am please and very excited to announce that Mike Mayes will be moving into the position of Director Air Transport Division for the Transport Workers Union of America.  Mike will be leaving Local 505 after serving our Members as President for over 10 years.  Most of you have worked with Mike over the years with our Title II and Title III work groups. He has been active in the International Organization during not only the current contract negotiations, but has served special duty as an acting International Representative.  We at the 505 our proud that one of our Member elected Officers has been chosen for this position during these challenging times.  I believe Mike will make a difference in leading all of us towards a better future.

As Mike moves on to his new position, I will be representing our Local 505 Members as President.  I am confident that I will be able to perform these duties with the ground work laid before me in a manner respective of all Contracts and Policies.  With the changes in Leadership; Skip Horvoka will be assuming the responsibilities of Vice President TWU Local 505.  Skip has a long history with the 505, as a Member – both Title III and Title II, and has served as Shop Steward and has sat on the Executive Board of the Local.  Please welcome him and extend all privileges of an Officer.  Additionally, with the retirement of long time Officer Robert Todd, the position of Executive Board for the 505 will be filled by Robert Holzknecht.  Robert Todd had served as Vice President, Shop Steward and Executive Board Member though out the years – he will be missed greatly.  Robert Holznecht will assume his duties and will continue to represent the Members as a Shop Steward as needed.

Moving forward; updated contact information is as follows:

Jennifer Carol Platt

Skip Horvorka
650. 274.9776

Robert Holznecht

Association, American LOAs and Transition Agreements Now Available to View

August 10, 2016 

As previously communicated last Friday, the TWU-IAM Association and American Airlines reached an interim wage agreement to provide Association members wage and pension increases and job security enhancements while we continue negotiating joint collective bargaining agreements. Below are links to each Letter of Agreement (LOA) for every Association class and craft and the transition LOAs for each of the previously unrepresented (accreted) groups. As part of the plan to communicate these significant enhancements, Association representatives will be available to meet with members—as always—to answer any questions you may have.


Interim wage LOAs: 


Mechanic and Related Employees (including Planners, Maintenance Control Technicians, Stores/Material Logistics Specialists, Quality Assurance, Technical Document Specialists, and Maintenance Training Specialists):


Fleet Service Clerk Employees (including Tower Planners and Weight and Balance Planners):

Transition LOAs for previously unrepresented/accreted groups: 


Quality Assurance Auditors/Quality Assurance Consultants Transition Agreement:


Maintenance Planners and Technical Documentation Specialists Transition Agreement:


Tower Planners Transition Agreement:

Maintenance Training Instructors and Maintenance Training Specialists Transition Agreement:


Weight and Balance Planners and Central Load Planners Transition Agreement:

AA Bargaining Update – August 05

The TWU-IAM Joint Association today announced we have reached an interim agreement with American Airlines to provide all members industry-leading wage rates, a lump sum payment and retirement improvements. Your committee will continue joint contract negotiations with American to resolve all outstanding issues, including bargaining additional wage and retirement improvements. Download this letter

Association members will receive the industry-best wages we deserve effective November 2016 and will not have to wait as we continue to bargain the other parts of our joint contracts. A lump sum payment will be made to members to bridge the gap until the November 2016 effective date. The process of bargaining joint contracts after a mega airline merger like American and US Airways is complex and, as you very well know, time consuming. 
The interim wage adjustment agreement provides average wage hikes of approximately 22 percent. Mechanic and Related workers will elevate 3 percent above similarly classified workers at Delta Air Lines and Fleet Service, Stores/Material Logistic Specialists and Maintenance Training Specialists’ wages will increase 1 percent ahead of their counterparts at United Airlines. The agreement also calls for enhancements to defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans. And, while not required under this agreement, the company’s presentation to the Association included the possibility of insourcing some maintenance work that had previously been outsourced. These are important gains for our Association.
We’d like to thank Association Chair and Vice Chair Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo for listening to the entire Association membership, and taking our voice to American’s executive leadership to make this happen. We would also like to thank the membership for its support and solidarity, and for making your voices heard loud and clear, and American Airlines for being a willing partner. We look forward to continuing these joint contract negotiations to achieve improvements in all areas of our contracts, including pressing for additional gains in wages and retirement security.
Both the Fleet Service and the Mechanic and Related/Stores Negotiating Committees unanimously voted in favor of the interim improvements.
The full text of the interim wage adjustment will be posted as soon as possible.
Fleet Service Committee:
Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Mike Mayes Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler
Art Risley Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson
Mechanic and Related Committee:

Jason Best Mike Bush Ken Coley John Coveny
Dale Danker Mark Huffman Bennie Martino Gary Peterson
Larry Pike Sean Ryan Jay Sleeman Mark Strength