Brothers and Sisters,
American Airline announced yesterday they would be moving forward with the furlough process. All members received this information via AA email. I will post the furlough email with timelines. I am available to answer any questions i can so reach out to me our your city representatives to address any concerns you may have. Keep in mind we are waiting on the extension of the Cares Act. This will help our members with protection until March 31st. Stay Strong Together.
President Local 510
Reduction in Force (RIF) letters will be sent to impacted Fleet and Passenger Service team members on Aug. 27 via their aa.com company email address. Notification for GSE and Facilities Maintenance team members will come at a later date.
Once notified, impacted team members will have the ability to select one of two options:
1. Exercise seniority to move or take a different position, or
2. Accept furlough and retain recall rights
For those team members notified on Aug. 27, the window to elect one of these options will open on Aug. 28 at 12:00 P.M. CST. Team members will have until Sept. 2 at 12:00 P.M. CST to select the option that works best for them and will be notified of the outcome of their selection on or around Sept. 14. It’s important to know that if impacted team members do not complete the online option form, it will need to be treated as a furlough.
Contractual Voluntary Programs
Because we find ourselves in this unfortunate position, there is also a third option available, depending on workgroup. Fleet Service team members can elect either the contractual voluntary early out program or a voluntary furlough; Passenger Service team members may select a voluntary furlough. The window for selecting one of these contractual programs opens today atand closes on Aug. 28 at 10:30 A.M. CST. Details for each of these options can be found within your respective contracts and on the Leaving American page.
Resources and information about the involuntary furloughs will also be posted on the Leaving American page beginning on Aug. 27. We want to provide as much information as we can so you know what to expect throughout the process. In short, this won’t be the last time you hear from me on this topic and your local leaders will be communicating as well.
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To: TWU/IAM Membership
From: TWU/IAM EAP Staff
Re: WARN Letter
This is an informational note to address the fact that American Airlines has issued WARN letters to members of the Association. Let’s start by talking about what a WARN letter is.
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 in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs. Advance notice provides workers and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain alternative jobs and, if necessary, to enter skill training or retraining that will allow these workers to successfully compete in the job market. WARN also provides for notice to State dislocated worker units so that dislocated worker assistance can be promptly provided.”
American is required by law to issue these letters if there is a possibility of a mass layoff. The issuance of WARN letters does not mean that there absolutely will be a layoff and a WARN letter issued to you does not mean that you absolutely will be laid off. Your TWU/IAM leadership believes that work conditions and contract language will minimize or eliminate layoffs for Association members.
We recognize that these are tough and stressful times. Life does not have many guarantees but we can guarantee that excessive drinking or drug use will NOT fix or solve any of life’s problems. If possible, concentrate on the good things in your life and take good care of yourself through healthy eating, exercise and sleep.
We want you to know that the Association EAP staff has been working for months on researching multiple resources for those that may be affected by a layoff. Please reach out to any of your Association EAP representatives with questions, concerns, or suggestions.
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 to management. Questions about the contracts should be directed to your union representatives.
In these unprecedented times, we urge all of our members to be safe. We also remind everyone that our solidarity is our greatest asset in both good and turbulent times.
The Association Leadership Team
TWU members have all put their lives at risk to serve the public during this pandemic. Federal funding is running out and our jobs are at risk of disappearing if Congress doesn’t extend worker protections in the airline industry before October 1. The CARES Act helped save transportation workers jobs, wages, and benefits by prohibiting involuntary furloughs or wage reductions at airlines through the Payroll Support Program (PSP). It is time to ask your elected officials to renew this program and pass a clean extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) through March 31, 2021. Without an extension of the PSP grant job program, tens of thousands of aviation jobs will be lost before the end of the year.
TWU members cannot afford a delay. American Airlines has already announced that it is planning to furlough more than 8,000 flight attendants on October 1. As our economy struggles to recover from the effects of the ongoing pandemic, more jobs will be lost if we don’t take action now. Congress must act fast to save OUR jobs before time runs out.
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 27 with instructions on how to select their options. It is critical that you click SUBMIT/SAVE before you exit the selection process to ensure the selections are saved. If you hold seniority in another classification and elect to exercise your seniority in that lower classification to remain at your location, please make sure you select that classification as well. It will not pop up on the screen. You will need to select it from the drop-down menu. The company will then process and award your selections, based on Article 12 of the CBA, between September 3 through September 9. The Company will notify everyone affected by September 14, 2020. Employees affected by subsequent bumping will be notified by the Company, and subsequent bumping will be accomplished per Article 12 of the CBA. The Company has indicated this entire process will be completed, with all those who have been affected notified of the results, by September 30, 2020 in order for the furloughs to be effective on October 1, 2020.
Your Association leadership is also objecting to the company’s intent to furlough members while at the same time bringing in vendors to replace our members. In addition, we are objecting to the continued outsourcing of work, not only domestically, but also internationally, where American citizens will be on the street while the company continues to outsource that work to foreign workers, something CEO Robert Isom said he would not do!
It is important to make sure that those members who elect furlough, in lieu of exercising their seniority rights, consistently ensure that their contact information is and continues to be up to date, because you have lifetime recall rights. That same contact information is also the only information that would be used to notify you of a recall, and if it is not up to date, you might lose your recall rights. If you do get furloughed and then relocate, please remember to update your contact information with both the company and the Union to preserve and protect your recall rights.
The Company has given us the indication that if extension of the CARES Act #PayrollSupportProtection approved and in effect by October 1, 2020 that the announced furlough process would not move forward. Given the importance of this #PayrollSupportProtection extension, we encourage each and every one within this Association membership, as well as their families, friends and acquaintances, to contact their US Representatives and stress the importance of this #PayrollSupportProtection extension.
This is your opportunity to make a difference, and protect your jobs and your coworkers jobs!
For the IAM Members, Please click here to alert your local representative in Congress.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your local representatives.
Your Representation Committee