President’s Message – 7-18-20

Brothers and Sisters,  

As we make our way through these trying times take a deep breath and know we will get through this. Warn letters along with VLOA and VEOP all being thrown at us is a lot of information to take in. Make sure to read all material very carefully and ask questions so we know exactly what we are doing. I will be glad to answer any questions i can. Also reach out to the reps in your city for any information they can provide. Covid-19 continues to rise throughout the country so wear your mask and social distance. We need to remain safe for our families as well as for our co-workers and communities. See you soon. Stay strong together. 


Kevin Sullivan

President Local 510

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To: TWU/IAM Membership

From: TWU/IAM EAP Staff

Date: 7-16-2020

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