President’s Message – 10-10-18

Brothers and Sisters,

American Airlines filed for mediation on September 12, 2018. Instead of sitting down with the negotiating committee and hammering out a contract, they continue to try to obtain language that will put our jobs in jeopardy. It is my opinion that this is a sign of the times in the United States of America. We have all seen the attacks on the working class over the last several years, from the fight for $15 an hour to Janus. Companies are recording record profits yet they still want to take and take. Thirty years ago, I started my career with American Airlines and as a TWU member we were taught to be the best we could be. Back then, American Airlines had some appreciation for that fact. We always managed to work things out but that American Airlines no longer exists, this is the new American Airlines. I need you all to understand this. We need to stay strong together and not let them take our jobs or future jobs. All we are asking for is what we have now. This American Airlines has a chance to do the right thing by it’s employees and be a leader in changing this trend. We’ll see their true colors in the near future but unfortunately, don’t count on them doing the right thing. Remember we built this airline with our hard work and dedication. Don’t let them disrespect us ever again.

UNITED INVINCIBLE

Kevin Sullivan

President Local 510

 

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October 31, 2018

Association Participates in Mediated Negotiations
Brothers and Sisters,
The TWU-IAM Association met with American Airlines October 30 in Dallas, TX for mediated
negotiations under the supervision of the National Mediation Board. The purpose of this first
mediated session was to bring the Federal mediators up to speed on the status of our negotiations.
Areas covered were compensation, healthcare, retirement, work protections (scope) and the
remaining open language issues. The Association clearly restated our demands that our work is
protected in any final agreement. We also reiterated our positions on the other economic issues.
The meeting was cordial and produced final TAs on MLS and Fleet holidays as well as M&R
Qualifications.
The Association held firm that the number of negotiating sessions was inadequate and that we need
more frequent meetings. The Company did not object and the mediators set forth the following
schedule:

• By conference call November 15 and December 14.

• Face to face meetings January 15-17, January 29-31, February 6-8 and February 12-14.

Our objective has been and remains to bring to the membership the best contract in the airline
industry.
Anything less is unacceptable!

Fraternally,
Your Association Executive Negotiating Committee