Southwest Airlines Members Reject Agreement

November 6, 2021 Admin 0

Sisters and Brothers:

After over three years of negotiations, your negotiating committee was able to reach a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines. The committee fought hard for the issues the members raised in their proposals and they felt they accomplished what the members demanded – an improved quality of life for all members.

Over the last eight weeks, District General Chairs, along with negotiating team members, have been visiting all locations and centers to answer questions and concerns of the tentative agreement. The members were given the opportunity to cast their vote for the tentative agreement and those votes were … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Vaccine Mandate Update

October 22, 2021 Admin 0

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Yesterday, Southwest leadership met with all labor leaders for an update on the Vaccine Mandate Policy and the potential enforcement process. The company explained the accommodation procedures, as it is currently being considered by the carrier, and is urging employees to file requests for such exemptions. The company will actively engage in processing and approving the requests on an individual basis in a reasonable manner. Although Southwest Airlines is still in the process of determining what these accommodations will be, what is certain, unpaid leaves of absences and terminations are off the table.

It was further …

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American to Conduct Recalls

January 17, 2021 Admin 0

January 16, 2021

With the recent approval of the Payroll Support Program (PSP2), we have been working to make sure Association represented employees who were impacted in the October reductions are recalled in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreements. After several discussions with American Airlines management, your Association Leadership has been informed that, beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021, notices for Article (6) preferential recall will be sent via FedEx to those members who were reduced, displaced, bumped or furloughed.

A few key highlights that members need to be aware of:

  • This recall process was not a given and several hours

A Holiday Message from GVP Pantoja

December 23, 2020 Admin 0

December 23, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This holiday season is ending a year unlike any other. 2020 began with a prosperous transportation industry. National rail negotiations were underway, the first joint collective bargaining agreements with American Airlines were wrapping up, and negotiations with several airlines were expected to yield tremendous benefits to tens of thousand of IAM members. 

COVID-19, however, had a different year planned for us. The global pandemic brought our industry to a screeching halt. The airborne virus’ deadly nature kept people from traveling by air or rail. The economic impact crushed the industries that rely on … Read More...

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TWU-IAM Association PSP Bulletin 12-21-2020

December 22, 2020 Admin 0

December 21, 2020

After months of delays and false promises, Congress has finally agreed to another round of much needed COVID economic relief. Although votes are still pending in the House and Senate, the stimulus package has benefits for TWU/IAM Association represented American Airlines employees, as well as important funding for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, assistance to small businesses and additional stimulus checks for individuals who qualify.

“The Association leadership, TWU and IAM membership and our legislative teams have been working tirelessly with other AFL-CIO unions since last May to secure additional relief for our Association members as well as … Read More...

Southwest Airlines – Your Rights Under the Contract

December 8, 2020 Admin 0

December 8, 2020

While Southwest Airlines continues to feed the public and media the myth that there has never been a furlough in its history, your Union never forgets. Management has decided to threaten layoffs, which they entirely control. However, your rights under the contract continue to exist, just as they have in every other reduction in force during Southwest’s history. These provisions applied in 2004 when over 1,900 CS&S employees were furloughed from the DAL, LIT and SLC reservations facilities. They also applied in 2014 to CSAs in JAN and EWR, in 2017 to CSAs in DAY and CAK, … Read More...

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The Association Update – Dec. 3, 2020

December 4, 2020 Admin 0

December 3, 2020

After the merger of American Airlines and US Airways in 2012, the IAM and TWU fought together in solidarity with the singular focus of bargaining the best joint collective bargaining agreement for our members at the new American Airlines. Together, we proved what concession focused AMFA organizers said could not be done, fighting together and winning an industry leading contract, and we continue working jointly for our members every day.

Make no mistake, it was our solidarity that led to a joint contract with over 90% of our members voting to ratify it. Your efforts supporting the … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Issues WARN Notices – The LUV is GONE!

December 4, 2020 Admin 0

December 3, 2020

This morning the Union was advised by Southwest Airlines that they are going forward with their plan on furloughing Customer Service Agents, Customer Sales and Support and Source of Support employees.  Today, the company is issuing WARN notices to those who the company says will be furloughed and will also issue “potential Impact” notices to those who they say COULD be impacted by those who are furloughed, if  furloughed employees exercise seniority. 

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) offers: “protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days … Read More...

Home Agent Update

November 23, 2020 Admin 0

November 23, 2020

As has been reported, your Union has met with Southwest management to discuss the continuance of the home agent program. It is important to understand that these discussions are not encumbered by the simultaneous negotiation for a new contract under the National Mediation Board procedures. The need for us to engage with Southwest over this matter was caused by the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting decisions to initiate work-at-home conditions.

The continuance of the home agent program is a stand-alone issue that can be discussed and potentially agreed to between the parties under language … Read More...

There is Nothing to Vote

November 23, 2020 Admin 0

November 20, 2020

Despite the Company’s very awkward attempt to bargain directly with its employees and go around your negotiators, the fact remains that there is no contract package for our members to vote on. We continue the negotiating process under the rules of the Railway Labor Act with a mediator who calls for our official negotiating meetings. No such meetings have been recently called and, therefore, nothing has changed since our last report.

It is true that your Union is open to any dialogue that will bring us closer to the agreement you deserve. An effort was made outside … Read More...