Happy New Year

In with the new year and in with our new Officers, we are all looking forward to a very exciting 2018.  There will be some challenges up ahead and we are committed to doing the best job possible to serve our Membership.

David Taumoepeau, Skip Hovorka, Leilani Kapewa, Jennifer Platt

One of our biggest projects will be enhancing communication between the Local and the Members.  Our intention is to take advantage of technology so that we can get you important information as quickly as possible.  The enhancements we are looking at will include; a 505 Facebook account, text, and email alerts, and updating our current website to include meeting minutes.  All and all we should be able to reach each of you immediately with current and reliable information.  Please help us out by getting your email address (not aa.com) and phone number to a Union Rep or sign up at the next Membership Meeting so that we can include you.

We are looking forward to a ratification vote on the JBCA as soon as our negotiators can secure us the best agreement possible.  Those of you who were here for the last (current) CBA will remember the process of ratification which includes presentation of the tentative agreement to all Members with a system wide vote to follow.  Please continue to support our negotiating team, they have spent many hours, time away from their families, and much heartburn working towards a palatable agreement.  The 505 will plan special meetings and town hall presentations to explain and highlight contract articles; times and locations to be announced.

Another challenge will be the assimilation of the T1 LUS IAM employees into the 505.  As most of you are aware SFO has been designated a TWU station and that we will be representing them when the JCBA is ratified.  We are hoping for a smooth transition and will be relying on our Membership to welcome them into the 505.  Given that this will happen with the new Contract we can focus on learning the book together.  The Company will have to figure out locker rooms, breakrooms, shift bids and vacation bid issues.  It will be an adjustment for all of us and we look forward to the increase in Members for our local.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! 

Samuelsen Slate Wins Re-Election

The “United Unstoppable” slate won re-election at the Transport Workers Union 25th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas, September 26, 2017. Officers are as follows:

John Samuelsen, International President
Alex Garcia, International Executive Vice President
Gary Maslanka, International Secretary-Treasurer
John Bland, International Administrative Vice President
Jerome Lafragola, International Administrative Vice President

Thank you for the participation of all our delegates in this election process. Together, we are United Invincible.

Ground Workers Plan Massive Picket Against American Airlines at SFO

Transport Workers Union Locals Have a Message for CEO Doug Parker: Outsourcing Doesn’t Fly Here


On Monday, two TWU locals representing Aircraft Maintenance, Fleet Service, Facilities/Ground Support and Stores members at the world’s largest airline will picket American Airlines at SFO airport. TWU Locals 505 and 591 will host TWU leadership, officers, and members of labor organizations from around the country, including APA, APFA, CWA, IBT, and IAM. Their primary message is to shed light on American’s latest plan to outsource many more U.S. based jobs overseas and to outside vendors. The demonstration will also call on the company to start bargaining in good faith and to deliver on the “industry’s best contract” its executives have been promising for nearly two years.


At the heart of the issue lies the safety of the traveling public and our flight crews, as American plans to outsource a substantial portion of its aircraft maintenance work to places like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and China – an attempt to increase profits because the cost of doing maintenance there is cheaper. The company has also announced a plan to invest $100 million into a new aircraft maintenance facility in Brazil that will be staffed with foreign workers, a large majority of whom are not certified by the FAA. While American Airlines CEO Doug Parker complains about unfair competition from foreign airlines flying in the United States, he is lobbying for his own company to offshore the majority of its aircraft inspections and maintenance to the lowest foreign bidder.


American has also outsourced its security inspections and aircraft cleaning to third party contractors that pay their employees minimum wage. This results in a high employee turnover and lack of experience, which could compromise safety and security.


After 9/11, American Airlines asked TWU to tighten their belts to help the airline financially, in order to keep the company afloat – and they did. In 2012, management took American into bankruptcy with nearly $4 billion in the bank, forcing more concessions onto the very workforce that saved them.  Today, as the airline makes billions per quarter and the executives continue to reward themselves in compensation and bonuses, TWU members have seen very little. American Airlines is making profits like never before, but the way the company treats it workers, and the attention to detail and quality for the traveling public remains abysmal.  Now, TWU members at American are standing united to tell CEO Doug Parker that it’s industry best, and nothing less.


Working Women’s Committee Works

The Working Women’s Committee met on June 27th, 28th, and 29th in Islandia, New York, the Conference was hosted by Local 252, TWU Rail Division, and was attended by our Local 505 representative Leona Taylor.  Committee Chair, Gwen York, called the meeting to order at 9:00am Tuesday morning and kicked off the 3-day Conference.  Women and Men from all Divisions of the TWU representing many Locals participated. 

The Committee discussed legislative and political issues lead by Gwen York.  Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning was a guest speaker, over her 12 years in office she advocated strongly for labor, youth, and environment rights and protection.  The Committee also heard from guest speaker Vanessa Braxton.  Ms. Braxton is the CEO/President of Black Momma Vodka and is the first African-American woman owner and operator of a nationally distributed vodka.

Not all activities took place around the table – Committee Members got out of the conference room, suited up for some Community Service.  They stood in solidarity with our Teamster Brothers and Sisters, carrying signs of protest against Anheuser-Busch to end the strike along the roadway in Suffolk County. 

Members also learned and practiced S.A.F.E, (security, awareness, fight, escape) in a Woman’s Self Defense skill building program. Community Service Project included roadside clean up !!  Committee Members got out and got dirty hitting the highway to collect debris through the Adopt – A – Highway program supported by TWU Local 252.

Local 505 is proud to be a Member of the Working Women’s Committee, we support and encourage their social, educational, and political involvement for the improvement of all working women, men, and their families.