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.

The entire negotiating … Read More...

President’s Report – August, 2017

August 15, 2017 Admin 0

President’s Report

Currently Victory Lodge 1725 members at both PSA and American Airlines (AA) have negotiating committees that are deep into the difficult process of securing new collective bargaining agreements on behalf of our members. After many frustrating and fruitless efforts to get PSA to bring a legitimate and acceptable offer to the table, the IAM petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) to step in and assist with bringing these negotiations to a successful conclusion. As a result, on August 3rd the NMB assigned a case number and mediator to these negotiations. At the American Airlines-TWU/IAM Association negotiations, on July … Read More...

Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Update – July 28th, 2017

July 30, 2017 Admin 0

07/28/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

The Executive Negotiating Committee informed American Airlines they would not meet face to face with the company this week while in Washington D.C. Your negotiating committees continued to evaluate the proposal presented last week and worked on crafting language to respond to this woefully inadequate company document that is far from industry leading.

It is becoming abundantly clear that the Members’ feeling of disgust towards American Airlines is growing. Your committees greatly appreciate your support this and every week. Your continued support is needed to bring you the industry leading contract you deserve!

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Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Update – July 21st, 2017

July 23, 2017 Admin 0

07/21/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

The Executive Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of July 17th, in Washington D.C.  On the afternoon of July 19th, American Airlines presented their initial proposal covering the remaining articles to your Executive Committee. Upon initial review, the company’s proposal is inadequate and falls far short in providing the contract you deserve. After a year and a half of negotiations with the Company, we are extremely disappointed.

Your negotiating committees have begun the process of evaluating this proposal and remain fully committed to delivering the best contract in the industry on American … Read More...

President’s Report – June 2017

July 12, 2017 Mike Jones 0

President’s Report

“The Union.” I hear that phrase used a lot by our members.  ”The Union did this.” “Why hasn’t the Union hasn’t done that.” “The Union said this…” etcetera, etcetera. It makes it sound as if The Union is comprised by anonymous people in some faraway place.

Here’s the thing. The Union is not comprised by anonymous people in some faraway place. The Union, your union, is made up of people that you know and work with every day. You share the same break rooms with them and work on the same ramp, shop, or hangar as them. It … Read More...

Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Update – June 16th, 2017

June 16, 2017 Admin 0

06/16/2017

Brothers and Sisters,

The Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of June 12th, in Washington D.C. and continued negotiations on Classifications for M&R, and Promotions & Transfers, Recall, and Reduction in Force for Fleet Service among other contractual provisions. The Executive Committee was unable to reach full tentative agreements; however, progress was made in several areas, and language was agreed to in principle.

The Executive Committee, the M&R and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees continues to discuss open issues for the Articles, and why we are unable to reach tentative agreements on them. It is both … Read More...

Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Update – June 9th, 2017

June 9, 2017 Admin 0

06/09/2017

Brothers & Sisters,

The Executive Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of June 5th,  in Washington D.C. and continued discussions of several of the open issues and Articles.

The M&R Committee reviewed and passed to the Company M&R Classifications, the complexity of this Article presented us with several challenges.  The Committee also prepared MLS Classifications to be passed to the Company.

The Fleet Service Committee continued to work on Transfers and Promotions, and had exchanges with the Company.

The Negotiating Committees, including the Executive Committee, reviewed the General and Miscellaneous Article.  While the Committees and … Read More...

Association/AA Executive Session Negotiations Continue

May 28, 2017 Admin 0

May 26, 2017

Brothers & Sisters,

The Executive Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of May 22nd, in Washington D.C. and discussed several of the open issues and Articles. For M&R and MLS those Articles include: Vacations, Holidays, Overtime and Classifications.  For the Fleet Service group those Articles include: Vacations, Overtime, Reduction in Force and Recall.

The Committee reached Tentative Agreements on the following Articles:

Overtime – M&R, MLS and Fleet Service

Hours of Service – M&R, MLS and MCT

Recognition of Rights – Fleet Service

The M&R Committee received a proposal from the Company on … Read More...

President’s Report – May 2017

May 16, 2017 Mike Jones 0

Presidents Report

I recently watched an excellent documentary by Ken Burns titled “The National Parks; America’s Greatest Idea.” While the cinematography was incredible, one of the things that stood out to me was the parallels between the creation and care our national park system and the creation and care of our labor unions.

In both cases, corporate and human greed sought to exploit resources for their own selfish gains. Corporations wanted to strip the land of its timber, minerals, and oil much like corporations want to strip workers of their wages, working conditions, and dignity.

This documentary highlighted how a … Read More...

DL 141 Fleet Negotiations Update April 21st, 2017

April 21, 2017 Admin 0

American negotiations continued this week in Washington, DC. By mutual agreement, the Chairperson of the National Mediation Board (NMB), Linda Puchala, joined our negotiations. The purpose of entering Executive level negotiations is to bring the talks to a successful conclusion and to the degree the NMB can assist in that goal, Ms. Puchala is welcomed.

The conditions set forth in agreeing to NMB participation is that the parties (the Company and the Association) will set their own meeting schedule that is not dependent on the availability of the NMB representative and that there be no interference with the Association communications

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