Setting the Record Straight

November 19, 2020 Admin 0

November 17, 2020

Recently, Southwest distributed a communication Companywide from Julie and Russell trying to describe terms that may be used as Southwest contemplates reducing the workforce. One misleading or confusing part of that communication, as it applies to IAM represented employees, is the use of the term furlough or layoff.

Under our collective bargaining agreements, the use of either term furlough or layoff has the same consequences. Unless a person accepts severance or otherwise voluntarily ends their employment at a time of reduction, the terms furlough and layoff are interchangeable. A person who is furloughed or laid off are … Read More...

$3 Million Reasons Why Southwest Management Refuses to Take Federal Loan

November 13, 2020 Admin 0

November 12, 2020

All five of Southwest Airlines’ named executives would be subject to strict pay limitations for up to six years if the company takes a loan from the U.S. Treasury as part of the CARES Act emergency relief legislation.

CEO Gary Kelly, who received $8.8 million in total compensation in 2019, would be limited to no more than $5.9 million (the equivalent of a nearly $3 million pay cut) in any twelve month period until 12 months after the loan is repaid – likely until the year 2026. Any officer severance packages would also be limited for years … Read More...

A Veterans Day Message from GVP Pantoja

November 11, 2020 Admin 0

November 11, 2020

Today, we celebrate Veterans Day. On this special day, let us pause and salute all who have served and honor the tremendous sacrifices made by members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families to preserve our freedom. 

It is the courage, conviction and service of our veterans and active military that allowed more than 150 million Americans to vote in last week’s election. Our military protects the freedom which provides us the right to vote.  

This occasion also gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the many important contributions of the thousands of veterans who are now … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Update – Still Waiting

November 10, 2020 Admin 0

November 10, 2020

Since our last bulletin, as the Company has been talking concessions and furloughs, their negotiators have sought no meetings with our negotiators. We said earlier that they know an agreement can only be reached at the table, not through partial and misleading characterizations directly to employees. It seems they have no real interest in solving the last remaining issues to get to agreement.

Your Union’s position remains that all open articles, inclusive of an agreement resolving the abusive use of mandatory overtime, be satisfactorily met. The overtime crisis has not been seriously addressed by Southwest.

The proposal … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Update – November 2, 2020

November 10, 2020 Admin 0

November 2, 2020

Since our last bulletin, your negotiators have been ready at a moment’s notice to meet in an effort to find an agreement with Southwest management. The company has requested no future dates, nor have they responded to the demands of our members.  Instead, they have been wasting time misleading you, the members, that all your demands were met.  The Company negotiators know full well that an agreement can only be reached at the bargaining table, not by publicly distributing a one-sided version of their proposal.

As we have said and continue to say to Southwest – “it … Read More...

Southwest Airlines Rejects Union’s Proposal.

October 27, 2020 Admin 0

October 27, 2020

Yesterday, Southwest Airlines held firm to their demands for work (scope) concessions from our members. The company is offering the illusion of “no furlough” protection through the end of 2021.  Included in this proposal is an escape provision for the Company to furlough people if things don’t change or if there is a turn for the worse in the industry. We are not fooled into thinking that Southwest will employ people they simply don’t need and will pay them to stand idle.  No airline would agree to that crippling commitment.

Southwest management is trying to take advantage … Read More...

American Airlines Announces Furloughs

August 27, 2020 Admin 0

August 27, 2020

As you all know American has announced that, barring intervention from Congress, it intends to begin furloughs October 1st. Your Association leadership was only provided with the reduction information late last night.  We have met with the company on this issue, and we continue to work to limit the impact on our members as much as possible. 

The Company will issue all furlough letters to the affected members through their AA email address starting Thursday August 27th with instructions on how to select their options.  It is critical that you click SUBMIT/SAVE before you exit … Read More...

Association Bulletin – July 15, 2020

July 15, 2020 Admin 0

July 15, 2020

American Airlines will announce today that they are offering ‘enhanced’ Leaves of Absence and Early Outs to Association members. Association leadership discussed these revised offers and made several suggestions that would make them more attractive to our members. Most of the suggestions were not taken.

We advise all of our membership to consider these offers carefully. Each person must weigh the costs and benefits that accepting any of the offers would have on their unique situation. The Company will communicate the offers and provide information relative to them. Questions about the leaves and early-outs should be directed … Read More...

Association Bulletin – July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020 Admin 0

July 10, 2020

To All TWU/IAM Association Members at American Airlines:

American Airlines has informed the Association that it will be sending Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications (WARN Act notifications) to Association covered employees. This notice, which is required by law, will contain information indicating that American Airlines may furlough employees.

All of the TWU/IAM Association Collective Bargaining Agreements, ratified on March 26, 2020, contain industry leading System and Station protections for our members. It took several years to achieve the Industry Leading Contract that you are covered by and the Association Leadership is willing to participate in any discussions … Read More...

2020 SC AFL-CIO Lane Kirkland Scholarship

June 25, 2020 Admin 0
  • *Due 08/09/2020*

Locals must be affiliated and in good standing with the SC AFL-CIO.

Anyone in the immediate family of a union member is eligible to apply for the scholarship. Immediate family is defined as: husband, wife, child; including step, foster and grandchildren.

Applicants may reapply each year while attending college; however, only one application per student, per year shall be accepted, regardless of how many union members are in the family.

Applications and essays must be received in the state office by email only no later than August 9, 2020. The application and an essay selected from the … Read More...