Association Bulletin – August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019 Admin 0

August 16, 2019

Association, American Meet with NMB

The National Mediation Board (NMB) held separate meetings with TWU/IAM Association Leadership (first) and American Management (later) on Thursday in Washington D.C. The purpose of the meetings was for the three NMB Board Members to discuss the status of our negotiations with both parties. The Federal Mediators who attended our earlier negotiations were also present.

Both parties were granted an opportunity to state the reasons they felt were preventing both sides from reaching an agreement. The Association, which was represented by Director Sito Pantoja and Vice Director Alex Garcia, told the Board … Read More...

Notice of Permanent Injunction

August 13, 2019 Admin 0

August 13, 2019

On August 12, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a Permanent Injunction. The following statement from IAM, TWU, and the Association’s most senior leaders, including Sito Pantoja, Alex Garcia, and John Samuelsen, is made to all mechanic and related employees pursuant to the Permanent Injunction:

The Court now has issued a Permanent Injunction that binds us all indefinitely. We therefore notify you, in no uncertain terms, that:

Any actions by mechanic and related employees that are designed or intended to harm or slow down American’s operations is a violation of the … Read More...

NMB Calls for Status Meeting

July 26, 2019 Admin 0

July 26, 2019

The National Mediation Board (NMB) today called for status meetings among the highest-ranking principles in the TWU-IAM Association & American Airlines negotiations. On August 15, 2019 the Association leaders will meet with the three members of the NMB at 10:00 am and the Company representatives will meet with the same NMB members at 1:00pm.

This is an opportunity for frank dialogue between the two negotiating parties and NMB members. The Association has demanded movement from both American Airlines and the NMB, and is pleased this meeting has finally been called. No other meetings or negotiations are scheduled … Read More...

Alaska Airlines Negotiations – July 23, 2019

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Sisters and Brothers:

Please be advised that the Q & A sessions and voting hours for BOI, PSP and JFK have changed. Full details are as follows:

Location:   BOI
Date: July 24-25
Voting hours: 0800-2000 (previously 0800-1800))
Address: BOI Reservations Office Break room

Location:   PSP
Date: July 31
Voting Hours: 0800-1600 (previously 1000-1430)
Address: PSP Break Room

Location:   JFK
Date: July 31-August 1
Voting Hours: 0900-1700
Address: JFK Break Room (Previously Local Lodge 1894)

We hope that the extended voting hours and change in location will provide an opportunity for more members to cast their vote on the Tentative Agreement. … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – July 23, 2019

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July 23, 2019

Negotiations continued at Southwest Airlines Headquarters Dallas, Texas July 16 -18, 2019. This week limited discussions took place with Article Six (Hours of Service). Your committee finished the week working on outstanding issues including Article Four (Definitions) and Article Ten (Part-time). The team is committed to securing an industry leading contract which improves quality of life for the membership.

We are currently scheduled to resume sessions August 13 -15, 2019 and August 20 -22, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

Please go to our website – and sign up for email updates to get the latest updates on … Read More...

Association Bulletin – July 17, 2019

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July 17, 2019

NMB to American Workers: “Drop Dead” Schedules, Then Cancels Negotiations

The Association had been demanding the Company meet with or without the NMB to resume and complete our negotiations. The National Mediation Board (NMB) after a long period of delay finally scheduled negotiations for American Airlines and the TWU/IAM Associations for July 16, 17 and 18 in Washington, DC.  The session scheduled by the NMB was welcomed and the Association made all necessary plans for it. However, our hopes for meaningful negotiations were quickly dashed by the NMB at the apparent bidding of American.

Before we could …

Association Response to Letter From FAA

July 15, 2019 Admin 0

July 15, 2019

To All Association Members:

The attachment to this bulletin is the Association response to the letter received from the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) addressed to Robert Isom, President of American Airlines, Alex Garcia, Executive Vice President Administration TWU and Sito Pantoja, General Vice President IAM, stressing that “a breakdown in the relationship between American and the Union raises concern about the ongoing effectiveness of the airline’s safety management system. Safety is a shared responsibility of American and Union members that demands a
collaborative culture, irrespective of any ongoing controversy between the organizations.”

Director, TWU-IAM Association                       
International Executive


Southwest Airlines Contract Negotiations Update – July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019 Admin 0

July 15, 2019

Negotiations resumed July 9 -11, 2019 at Southwest Airlines Headquarters Dallas, Texas. This week following discussions, agreements in principle were reached with: Articles Two (Scope of Agreement); Fourteen (Vacations); and Twenty-Two (Holidays/Flexible Time Off). Dialog took place with Article Seventeen (Safety and Health). The company also responded to Articles Five (Classifications) and Six (Hours of Service). Your committee continued to work with these as well as the remaining open articles.

Future session dates are scheduled for July 16 -18, 2019 in Dallas. August 13 -15, 2019 and August 20 – 22, 2019. Your solidarity and support are … Read More...

Association TRO Compliance Bulletin

July 12, 2019 Admin 0

July 12, 2019

On July 10, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an Order modifying the terms of the existing Temporary Restraining Order. The following statement from the Association’s most senior Union leaders, including Sito Pantoja, Alex Garcia, and John Samuelsen, is made pursuant to that July 10 Order:

Despite the Temporary Restraining (TRO) issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on June 14, 2019, the disruption from the status quo – as measured by AOS at 0700, high daily open MELs, and low nightly accomplishment yields – … Read More...