TWU-IAM Association Negotiating Committees Continue Reconciliation Process in Chicago
Mechanic and Related Update:
Brothers and sisters, As we continue to prepare for negotiations, your committee met for two weeks in Chicago from July 26th through August 7th. We continued the reconciliation process and began writing new language in preparations for the upcoming joint contract negotiations.
We have made great progress, as we addressed some of the most challenging Articles. However, there is still much more to be done.
There are many differences between the two pre-merger contracts and we will continue to work to build a joint agreement that recognizes the past sacrifices of our members, which has allowed American Airlines to post their largest profits in industry history.
We have started and will continue to bring in subject matter experts to help draft specific language for individual work groups as needed.
We have dates scheduled in Dallas-Fort Worth from August 31st through September 4th to continue this process.
We appreciate your continued support during this monumental process.
Jason Best, Mike Bush, Ken Coley, John Coveny, Dale Danker, Mark Huffman, Bennie Martino, Gary Peterson, Larry Pike, Sean Ryan, Jay Sleeman, Mark Strength
Fleet Service Update:
Your Fleet Service Negotiating Committee met over the last two weeks in Chicago to continue the reconciliation of our contracts in preparation for our upcoming negotiations with American.
This is a tedious but necessary process as we decide which language to keep, remove or enhance while writing new proposal language for the joint collective bargaining agreement.
We have been working together for the last two weeks and it has been a very successful endeavor. The team has become a cohesive unit with one goal: to provide you with the best contract in the airline industry.
We have future meetings in Dallas-Fort Worth and will inform the membership of the dates when the schedule is finalized.
We look forward to a bright future for the TWU-IAM Association and we appreciate your support during this critical process.
Mark Baskett, Mike Fairbanks, Pete Hogan Tim Hughes, Mike Mayes Steve Miller, Brian Oyer, Pat Rezler, Art Risley, Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker, Bill Wilson
August 4, 2015
TO: TWU AA Locals 501 - 591
RE: Update Regarding Equity Distribution Litigation
TWU’s attorneys filed a brief in opposition to the appellate brief in Demetrius et. al. v. TWU (commonly known as the Equity Distribution Case) on Monday, July 27, 2015, in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The plaintiffs are seeking to overturn the decisions of the District Court dismissing the Demetrius and Letbetter cases (Letbetter is a similar case that was originally filed in state court in Oklahoma but was removed to federal court and transferred to San Francisco on motions by TWU). TWU’s brief presents the Union’s arguments supporting the decision of the District Court and rebutting the arguments of the plaintiffs/appellants in support of their lawsuit. Plaintiffs will have 14 days from the filing of TWU’s brief to submit their reply to it, though it is likely that they will ask for and secure an additional 30 days. Following the filing of plaintiffs’ final brief, the Court of Appeals will probably schedule oral argument in the case.
If the 9th Circuit affirms the ruling of the District Court, it would mean that TWU could begin to make arrangements for the distribution of the Fund kept in reserve pending the outcome of this litigation.
International Vice President
Date: July 31, 2015
Memo: To All TWU AA Members
From: Garry Drummond, Director, Air Transport Division
Re: Pre-funding Arbitration
The TWU Pre-funding Arbitration will take place on November 17 and 18, 2015, before Arbitrator Richard Bloch.
Our legal team has been fighting road blocks put up by the company regarding the scheduling of the hearing. The Arbitrator had offered earlier consecutive dates to AA and TWU which, if accepted, would obviously have brought the case to a decision in a time frame more acceptable to TWU. When AA stated that it was unavailable on these dates, our counsel requested that any and all steps be considered by the company in an effort to expedite the arbitration process, ranging from appointment of a new arbitrator, to utilizing single dates, to streamlining the arbitration itself by using affidavits in place of direct testimony. The company would not agree to any of the proposals presented that could have resulted in presentation of the case prior to November. Thus, it became necessary for TWU to agree to proceed on the dates offered by the Arbitrator in November, in order to make certain that these days not be lost, with consequent further delay.
At the arbitration, TWU will be urging the Arbitrator to rule that the pre-funding contributions made by American to match the contributions of each participating TWU member should be distributed promptly to those on behalf of whom the contributions were made. TWU will also present the argument that, in the event the Arbitrator should rule against TWU on that first argument, each post November 2012 retiree should be entitled to periodic distributions from his “account” to assist him/her in paying retiree health premiums, as was provided for by the pre-funding Plan during all the years during which the employees were making their contributions.
We understand and share your feelings of frustration at the delay in getting our case heard, and having the opportunity to present the above arguments to the Arbitrator. We realize those feelings are compounded by having to wait for November. We are ready for an effective presentation, and will not stand for any further delay in getting this issue resolved.