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

NMB Certifies TWU-IAM Associations at American Airlines

The National Mediation Board (NMB) today certified the TWU-IAM Association for the Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related and Stores classifications as the collective bargain-ing agent for all of the above classifications at American Airlines.
 
All three Associations were formed following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. Both the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) agreed to jointly represent Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related, and Stores employees at the merged carrier instead of engaging in a long, costly and acrimonious representation dispute.
 
“With today’s ruling, the Associations can now get down to the business of negotiating the industry’s best contracts that our members deserve,” said TWU President Harry Lombardo and IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja in a joint statement.
 
The Associations requested on August 16, 2014 that the NMB make a determination of single carrier status for all classes and crafts covered by the Employee Associations. The NMB ruled on April 15, 2015 that American was operating as a single carrier for all groups covered by the Associations’ filing. The NMB’s process allowed a 30-day peri-od after a single carrier determination for any intervenor to supply a showing of interest to compete for representation of the employees affected. No such showing of interest was filed resulting in the Board issuing a certification of the TWU-IAM Associations as the recognized bargaining agents.
 
The TWU-IAM Association represents approximately 30,000 ground workers at
American Airlines and is the largest union at the carrier.

Local 505 Station Visit

President Lombardo and International Treasurer Alex Garcia address SFO Title 2 automotive mechanics in station visit.