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Air Local 512
July 3, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we enter the 4th of July weekend, we like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and Happy Independence. It will be our second holiday since the ratification of our new Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement. At ORD, anyone scheduled to work should report as usual. The VTO Program is in place for those who seek to take off for the day or just a few hours of their shift.
The COVID-19 Virus has impacted our industry and created a cloud of uncertainty about how our future will look. The Company has signed an agreement with the Government with regards to the loan of $4.75 billion under the CARES Act to bring its liquidity to about $15 Billion. They also have taken several steps on trying to preserve cash and reduced their burn from 100 million a day to about $35 million a day by the end of June. In a recent communication by Doug Parker, he said that staffing levels exceed more than it is needed for operating our airline with all the network changes. They see a 30% overage, which would equate to about 30,000 employees.
Several of our members have thoughts of concessions in the near future. However, we have traveled that road in the past, and we will not move to revisit it. The Payroll Support Program (PSP) that earmarked $32 billion through the CARES Act ensured the continuation of payroll and benefits is about to end on September 30, 2020. Our Unions have called upon Congress to pass an extension of the (PSP) through March 31, 2021, and allowing the program to continue without requiring additional applications or agreements. An extension would ensure that we continue to stay on course on getting our industry turned around.
The launch of the "Well for Work" application was postponed this week due to the lack of information provided to the TWU/IAM Association. During this week, we had a few more WebEx Conference calls regarding its usage. The Company will try for another launch date of July 9, 2020; we are not sure if that would be possible. One question that was cleared up, adding the "Well for Work" App to your cell phone, would be voluntary. We will work with the Company on clearing up all questions regarding this application before it is launched.
In our weekly meeting with management, Iberia Airlines will restart with a Friday arrival and a Saturday departure throughout July. We discussed the continuation of terminal parking in the C-lot. We will continue to allowed to park throughout July, and it will be reassessed. In our discussion with AA Vp Franco Tedeschi, if the Chicago of Aviation decides to take back the parking lot, he would like the transition to be in phases. In the latest Voluntary Leave of Absence (VLOA), there were 84 requests and all approved. Seventy-ramp, three-cargo, two-tower, six-Facility Maintenance, and including forty-four that was an extension to their previous VLOA. Anyone coming back from their leaves will have two days of training.
We had another safe week with no reported cases of COVID-19. Face Covering has turned to a requirement in all areas of the Airport. The only exceptions are when you are eating or drinking if you can maintain six feet of social distance outdoors. If you are exposed to extreme heat while working and performing your assigned duties outdoors if you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one. It is also vital that we continue to wash hands after every task, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Please continue cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and above all, stay home if you're sick. If you have any concerns regarding vendors cleaning, please reach out to our safety steward.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
President – TWU Local 512
City by city, industry by industry, TWU members are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 fight nationwide.
Please watch today's video message from TWU International President John Samuelsen on our union's tireless efforts to support our members in this global crisis.
Please continue to communicate with the TWU International staff by emailing Health@twu.org with any concerns, requests, or updates from your local. We are here to support you in this crisis as you continue to keep America moving.