AA Bargaining Update, Sept. 30

Sisters and Brothers,

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of September 26 in DFW. Updates from both committees are below.

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Mechanic & Related/Stores Update

Hours of Service M&R & MLS – We continue to work on this article and are moving closer to an agreement.

  • Rebids- M&R & MLS – We reached a tentative agreement on this section of the Hours of Service article. The tentatively agreed to language includes three specific calendar rebids, which will provide stability for our membership.
  • Ten hour shifts  – We passed a proposal to the company about implementation and removal of ten hour shifts and are down to a single issue.

Overtime – M&R – We exchanged proposals again on this article. We have narrowed it down to a few issues. In this session we had contentious debate on the outstanding issues, and we remain steadfast in our positions on NO mandatory overtime, limiting job continuation and pay for overtime bypass. We are also working through the overtime distribution procedures; i.e., how the overtime will be called.

Vacation – M&R & MLS – We are still waiting on the company to respond to our proposal.

Vacation – MCT – We have not received a counter proposal from the company on this article.

Holidays – M&R, MLS, and MTS & MCT – We have narrowed this article down to how much we will be paid on a holiday. We did not receive a proposal from the company this week.

Limited Duty  – M&R, MLS, MCT & MTS – We received a counter proposal from the company this week in response to our original pass and are preparing our response.

Current TAs:

Purpose Preamble Safety & Health
Bulletin Boards Uniforms MCT-Dress Attire
Sick Leave Leaves of Absence Part Time Employees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty Representation Probationary Period
Management Rights No strike / No Lockout Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
and Compliance
System Board of
Temporary Employees/Eliminated
Furlough/Severance Termination of Employment/Eliminated Field Trip/Travel Pay
Shift Swaps (Change of Shift) Training: M&R MCT MLS Shift Swap MCT

As an Association, the M&R/MLS negotiating committees will continue to stand with our Fleet Service brothers and sisters as they work through their differences with the company concerning the implementation of cross utilization.

Upcoming negotiating sessions:

Week of Oct. 17: ORD Week of Nov. 14: DFW
Week of Oct. 24: DFW Week of Dec. 5: DCA
Week Nov. 7: LAS   Week of Dec. 12: LAS

We have also reached agreement on the outstanding issues arising from the interim agreement concerning: MOC rates of pay, Stores rates of pay and TWU Flex Rates. In addition, those members who would have reached top of scale (TOS) on or before November 4, 2016 will also be adjusted to TOS in the near future.

Resolving these issues would not have been possible without the solidarity of the membership and the Association’s Negotiating Committee. Thank you for your continued solidarity and support as we move forward in securing an industry leading contract.


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

Fleet Service Update

In last week’s communication, we stated the Association was shown the company’s presentation on its cross utilization scheme that violates our collective bargaining agreements and the interim wage adjustment agreements. This is a blatant attack by the company to prematurely impose synergies that can only come from a new joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA). While our JCBA bargaining can be frustrating and sometimes confrontational, this tactic used by the company is disrespectful, dishonest and undermines the entire process.

At the company’s request, your committee met this week in Dallas/Fort Worth to continue the dialogue. The company informed us that they will present their cross utilization plans that includes crews comprised of a mix of legacy US Airways and American employees to management at the 13 co-locations: ATL, BOS, DCA, DFW, LAS, LAX, LGA, MCO, MIA, ORD, PHX, SFO, and TPA. We made it abundantly clear to the company that this action cannot be implemented without a joint collective bargaining agreement.  

The committee continued to draft and finalize our proposals on the open articles, in addition to the cross utilization meetings. This week we informed the company that we will not have any further proposal exchanges until the cross utilization issue is resolved.  

Your committee remains focused and ready to negotiate, while the company uses every tactic possible to stall the process.  No decisions can be reached without one or two of them consulting with the true decision makers at headquarters. In fact, the Association has the personnel in place at negotiations to reach an agreement. American does not.

Your support is critical to the successful outcome of these negotiations and is greatly appreciated. As an Association, in solidarity, we must remain unified in this endeavor.


Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler Art Risley
Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson Tim Murphy

AA Bargaining Update, Sept. 22

Sisters and Brothers,

Both the Fleet Service and Mechanic and Related/Stores negotiating committees met this week in Washington, DC.  The week began with each committee meeting with company representatives to discuss outstanding articles and continue to exchange proposals.

The M&R/Stores committee exchanged proposals on Overtime and Rebids and have further narrowed our position for each article.  The company has yet to respond to our proposals regarding Vacations, Holidays and Limited Duty. Download this communication

The Fleet committee received the company’s counter proposals on Part Time, Temporary Assignments and Vacations.  The Temporary Assignments article has been narrowed down to two issues.  Some issues regarding Part Time and Vacation provisions were resolved, but fell short of meeting the memberships’ needs. We also finalized our counter proposals regarding Overtime and Vacations.  

On Wednesday, the company presented the Association with a Power Point presentation for Fleet Service cross-utilization that they previously shared with their leadership team. The company's presentation exceeded the cross-utilization of L-US and L-AA employees that is permitted in our recent pay adjustment agreement. Their plan, as presented, undermines our existing seniority system and contracts, and attempts to prematurely achieve the efficiencies that can only come from joint collective bargaining agreements.

Your representatives made it clear to the company that this is unacceptable. The company has requested to meet with the Association committees early next week to continue dialogue in an effort to resolve these issues.

The Association committees stand shoulder to shoulder and will not tolerate the company unilaterally making changes to existing agreements.


Fleet Committee:

Mike Baskett Mike Fairbanks Pete Hogan Tim Hughes
Steve Miller Brian Oyer Pat Rezler Art Risley
Andre Sutton Rodney Walker Bill Wilson Tim Murphy

Mechanic and Relrated/Stores 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

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