By Tracy Rucinski and Ankit Ajmera
(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co's shares fell more than 5 percent on Wednesday after the low-cost U.S. carrier said it was investigating whether a conflict with its mechanics union was leading to a spike in flight cancellations.
The escalating labor dispute, one of the biggest to hit a top-four U.S.
February 20, 2019
Dear valued TWU Member,
Today is an exciting day that we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. Today is the day we launch the American Airlines Should Care Campaign to the nation.
I want to first thank you for the support you’ve given that has made this campaign possible.
Feb. 18, 2019 9:50 a.m. ET
Federal air-safety regulators are investigating Southwest Airlines Co. LUV -0.52% for widespread failures to accurately track the combined weight of checked bags loaded into each of its jets, according to government officials and internal agency documents.
Southwest Airlines Co. declared an “operational emergency” Friday because of an unusually high number of aircraft taken out of service for maintenance, and ordered all scheduled mechanics to show up for work or risk being fired.
Workers “alleging illness” will be required to provide a doctor’s note on their first day back at work, the airline said in a memo.
February 15, 2019
Brothers and Sisters,
Negotiations continued in Atlanta this week. The Executive and the full negotiating committees continued working together at each step of the process and all were fully updated.
The company’s hard-line attack on the work Association members do, our Scope, continued throughout the week.
This week we launched the American Should Care Campaign to the nation. In the summer of 2018 during a president’s council meeting, we collectively decided that we needed to go in a different direction on communicating to the flying public of our fight against the company with regards to our negotiations.
This campaign is very different, and the approach is new for TWU, we've decided that it was time to stop trying the same tactics. It was time to reach out to our communities and communicate that our fight is their fight, what affects us will affect them and the quality of life that we share.
This campaign has a variety of components that include a website, petition page, Facebook page, and Twitter. What we ask our members is to share our campaign with their social media outlets. For the first time, the TWU International and its AA TWU locals are standing in solidarity in its fight with the Company. So please take the time on helping us spread the word among your community and friends.
In TWU International President John Samuelsen's remarks in front of members in DFW local 513, he said; " There is no way my signature is gonna on a piece of crap contract, regardless of who wants it or who don't want it. There is not going to be a sell-out contract; you are not going to be sold down the river by the Transport Workers Union, New leadership and a new future here." He is asking everyone to join him and the TWU in its fight with the company for a new contract.
February 18, has come and gone for the deadline on the company's new cyber hack protection program "DUO." Seems to have been a soft opening enrollment date for the new application and a bit confusing to our members. Enrollment Roadshows are being set up in which the representatives and tech personnel will assist members with the enrollment process.
In our weekly meeting, discussion with regards with vendors who handle EYbags at T5 asked the company to resolve the issue with them being unsafe and hitting carts when dropping off bags at the belt. Another issue at T5 with a piece of metal protruding out at claim belt four, item fixed and closed out. We also discussed the equipment running at night, and the company solution is providing an escort for the runners. Our concern that a better solution would be additional lighting on the road, this discussion is ongoing.
Please join us for our monthly membership meeting this Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the Union hall. Meeting times as follows: 7:00, 10:00 am, and 3:15, 5:15 pm.
Airline mechanics feel pressured to overlook potential safety problems: "Can't we skip a few steps?"
January 08, 2019
TO:ALL LOCAL 512 MEMBERS
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Recently there have been modifications to the Ramp Operations Manual. In Section 08.06.5 Powerstow Extendable Beltloader has one item added, Paragraph (I) States: "The Powerstow is designed to be safely used with one person in the bin of the aircraft."
The language in paragraph (I) is not in any other section with regards to Beltloaders. It is not in Operating Guidelines, and not in offloading or loading operation procedures. It is TWU Local 512's contention that the language specifies its design but does not mandate it.
TWU Local 512 continues stand firm on its safety concerns with regards to this addition to the Ramp Operations Manual. There is no clear procedure or guidelines how it can be safely used when there is no visual contact with an FSC in the belly that is at the end of the Powerstow.
There must always be two FSC’s in the belly to resolve this concern. The main focus should always be to provide every member with the safest work environment. We should never take shortcuts when it comes to safety.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION – Local 512
Wishing TWU Local 512 Member Tom Wickham a Happy and Healthy Retirement after 42 years of service
Congratulations John Davies on his Retirement and 50th years of service
512 Strong H9 Crew May 28, 2018
Steward Training May 29, 2018
512 Strong ROC May 28, 2018
Mike Neville's Retirement Congratulations
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
TWU Local 512 Secretary Treasurer Mike Rubel
TWU Local 512 Vice President Mike Szwed
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira
New Officers of TWU local 512 Sworn in
TWU Local 512 is proud to announce the Local 512 app for your smart phone is available for download in the Apple store and the Google play store.
click the iTunes or Google Play logos below to download the app today!