IAM/Alaska Airlines HMO ARBITRATION UPDATE

October 1, 2017 Admin 0

09/26/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

Alaska has at this point paid out most of the 1.3 million dollars it owes to eligible employees as a result of the IAM’s successful arbitration regarding HMO coverage.   Not surprisingly, because the arbitration covered hundreds of employees and a time frame going back ten years, several questions and issues came to the IAM’s attention regarding payments and eligibility during the payment process.   These questions were taken up with the company, through counsel when needed, and have resulted in two updates which are generally applicable.

First, we discovered that many employees who participated in the Kaiser … Read More...

Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Canceled

September 10, 2017 Admin 0

09/09/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

Due to the hurricane in Florida, the TWU/IAM Association and American Airlines have mutually decided to cancel contract negotiations next week. The safety of the Association’s members and representatives is of paramount importance and travel at this time is not advised. Negotiations are scheduled to resume on the following weeks: October 2nd in Washington DC and October 16th in New York City.

 

 

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IAM / PSA AIRLINES NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE – Sep 2, 2017

September 2, 2017 Admin 0

09/02/2017

Yesterday afternoon, a conference call was conducted and led by Jack Kane, staff Mediator for the National Mediation Board (NMB), myself and Margaret Soda, VP of Human Resources for PSA.  On that call, we discussed information about the history and scheduling of bargaining sessions and selected dates for continued meetings under the auspices of the NMB.

I am pleased to announce that we have secured meeting dates that include the weeks of September 25 in CLT and the weeks of October 9 and 23 with the locations TBD. We are hopeful that progress can be made in these sessions

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Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Continue

September 2, 2017 Admin 0

09/01/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

After the fallout from the Company’s letter on Friday August 24th,  the Executive Negotiating Committee met face to face with American Airlines this week in Washington DC.  The ghost negotiators from the Company that were invited to join the talks did not show up.  The Association is taking the high road and looking to secure an industry leading contract for our members and did not stoop to the pathetic approach that the Company took last week in trying to negotiate on the shop floor.  Instead your Committee arrived ready to continue negotiations in an … Read More...

Association to American: “Comprehensive” Proposal is Garbage

August 25, 2017 Admin 0

08/25/2017

Dear Association member,

In an internal communication to TWU-IAM Association members at American Airlines, Kerry Philipovitch and David Seymour—American executives who have not attended one negotiating session—claim the Association is dragging its feet in responding to American’s “comprehensive” proposal. FALSE! Association executive level negotiators told American negotiators that their comprehensive proposal belongs in the garbage. It is an insult to the membership and doesn’t deserve any further response.

Accurate information is important. The company’s “comprehensive” proposal does the following:

  • Outsources work and eliminates jobs
  • Maintains legacy American’s high cost health care
  • Includes insulting wage rates that are not industry-leading
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Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Update – Aug 18th, 2017

August 20, 2017 Admin 0

08/18/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

The Executive Negotiating Committee met face to face with American Airlines this week in Washington DC. Negotiations centered around the Fleet Service group and good progress was made working through outstanding language issues.

The Mechanic & Related/Stores Committee met internally for important discussions regarding the seniority article and they are pleased to report that significant and positive progress was made working through those complicated remaining issues. Our attention in the next scheduled negotiation will be on the Mechanic & Related/Stores open issues to sync us up to the progress made with Fleet language.

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ALASKA AIRLINES NEGOTIATIONS COMMENCES

August 20, 2017 Admin 0

08/18/2017

Sisters and Brothers:

The joint Alaska Airlines Negotiating Committee opened negotiations with Alaska Airlines management this week in Seattle, Washington, at the SeaTac DoubleTree.

Represented by the Company were: Greg Mays, Vice President/Labor; Wayne Newton, Vice President/AOCS;  Jason Berry, Managing Director/Cargo;  Constance von Muehlen, Managing Director/M&E; Denise Kliskey, COPS Labor Manager; and Maranda Rosenthal, Senior Attorney.

Joining your Negotiating Committee were:  James Carlson, Assistant Airline Coordinator; Kris Hannah, Grand Lodge Representative; and Brianna Gregory, Special Representative.

During the week, your Committee presented “Openers” for the RSSA and COPS agreements, respectively.  The Company, though, only presented openers for the agreement … Read More...

ALASKA NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE

August 20, 2017 Admin 0

August 14, 2017

On July 6, 2017, District 142 served notice to Alaska Airlines that we intended to begin negotiations for the RSSA and the COPS Agreements. On July 17, the company objected to negotiating the COPS agreement insisting to break our negotiations apart.

A week later, the company filed a grievance against the union and our membership for attempting to change the amendable date of the COPS agreement by beginning talks for both agreements at the same time. It is clear by the plain language of both collective bargaining agreements that the Union has the right to open both … Read More...

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IAM/PSA Airlines Negotiations Update – August 3rd, 2017

August 8, 2017 Admin 0

08/03/2017

We recently received confirmation that our application for Mediation has been received, accepted and docketed as NMB Case Number A-13856.  The National Mediation Board has assigned Mediator Jack Kane to oversee the process for the remainder of these negotiations.  As soon as we hear from the Mediator, the next meeting dates will be set based on his discretion.  We will communicate those details concerning a schedule of meetings when they become available.

At the beginning of this process, your negotiating committee created and handed out a booklet called the “Negotiations Survival Handbook”.  That booklet contained a brief description of

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IAM/PSA Airlines Negotiations Update – July 31st, 2017

August 8, 2017 Admin 0
07/31/2017

The last meeting between the Company and Union took place on May 29, 2017 of this year to engage the PSA leadership in a very specific conversation about the economic divide in negotiations, the state of the industry and to explore any potential to bring the IAM membership an agreement to vote on.

The Union has consistently represented the industry leading message you wanted to send.  The Company’s position, and attitude as represented by their sub-standard economic package, has shown us that continued negotiations would be fruitless.  After months of this ridiculous dialogue, and with your best interests in

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