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      Weekly update for February 06, 2016

      Transport Workers Union of America Air Division Local 512 Here's your weekly update. 1. CEO Doug Parker all over the news:  Moneybags netted another four million dollars this month in another stock sale. In just two months this year CEO Parker has netted more than eight million dollars from his stock sales.

      NYC Uber Drivers’ Call for Dignity

      New York City Uber drivers are taking their fight for dignity to the one place they know they can find help – the union.

      Pilots picket outside Southwest headquarters Wednesday for higher pay

      More than 300 sign-carrying Southwest Airlines pilots dressed in their blue uniforms spent several hours outside the airline’s headquarters and at a nearby intersection in front of Love Field Wednesday afternoon to protest the lack of a new contract after nearly four years of negotiations.

      AA CEO Doug Parker earns $4 million in stock sale

      American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker earned $4 million in a stock sale made on Monday, according to a government filing. Parker has been selling thousands of stock appreciation rights, which are similar to stock options, that he received when he was chief executive of US Airways between 2006 and 2009.

      Tentative Agreement between TWU and Southwest Instructors

      Transport Workers Union Announces Tentative Agreement  between Flight Crew Training Instructors and Southwest Airlines Last week, Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 557 reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines (SWA) over the contract covering flight crew training instructors.

      See the Joint Negotiations Website for updates:

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      Dear Brothers and Sisters,

      In accordance with Article III of the Local Bylaws, the Local Union Executive Board will make Shop Steward appointments during the month of March, to become effective April 1, 2016.

      Any member who wishes to be considered for appointment or reappointment, must call the office at 847.956.6996 and request a STEWARDS’ REQUEST FORM.  You may also print the request form by visiting our website,, and clicking on STEWARD REQUEST FORM under the “Downloads” link.  The request forms are also available at our office.  You will be provided with an addressed, postage paid envelope to return your completed request form to our office.

      Your completed request form must be received in our office by 12:00 PM on Friday, March 11, 2016.

      Your support is vital to the functioning of our Local and we urge you to volunteer your services in the position of Steward, Chief Steward, Safety Steward, Safety Coordinator or EAP Coordinator.

      The Officers and Executive Board members look forward to working with you and very much appreciate your assistance and cooperation.

      Sincerely and fraternally,
      Trevor Chalcraft
      Local 512

      In a new op-ed for the Hill, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka explains the key reasons why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for working people, both in the United States and overseas. Trumka describes the deal by saying that "the TPP is a giveaway to big corporations, special interests and all those who want economic rules that benefit the wealthy few."

      An excerpt:

      We’ve been down this road before. The Wall Street and Washington elite always tell us that this time will be different. The truth is these trade deals have ripped apart the fabric of our nation. We see the shuttered factories. We visit towns that look like they are stuck in the past. We talk to the workers who lost everything, only to be told they should retrain in another field—but Congress has been slow to fund and authorize those programs. From NAFTA to CAFTA to Korea and now the TPP, these agreements have continually put profits over people. By driving down our wages, they make our economy weaker, not stronger. 

      In many ways, the TPP is a new low. A quick search of the agreement shows no mention of the terms “raising wages” or “climate change.” And by ramming through fast track legislation earlier this year, Congress effectively barred itself from making a single improvement to the TPP. 

      Working people deserve a better process and a better product. We understand better than anyone that the TPP is just another tool to enrich corporations at the expense of everyday families. We cannot and should not accept it.

      Because it can’t fix the TPP, Congress has to take the step of saying to 11 other countries, “No, not this TPP.” Taking that brave step is necessary to create trade rules that lift people up, not crush them under crony capitalism.

      Read the full op-ed. 

      5 Reasons that Rosy Predictions About the TPP Are Wrong 

      One of the billionaires crusading to cut working people’s Social Security now has his sights set on making the Trans-Pacific Partnership look like a sweet deal. Hint: It’s not.

      Pete Peterson’s think tank, Peterson Institute for International Economics, just released study in January 2016 predicting great economic growth from the TPP. But the PIIE methods are so detached from reality that the conclusions are wrong. Here are the reasons why. 

      1) The Peterson study follows the North American Free Trade Agreement’s flawed prediction model. The computable general equilibrium model was the basis for the incorrect predictions that NAFTAand PNTR with China would help U.S. workers. The model doesn’t work well because its assumptions don’t reflect reality. 

      2) The Peterson study assumes that all economies have full employment and that trade balances won’t change. In reality, when you have a relatively weak labor market—like the United States does—it’s harder for those who lose their jobs to trade to find new jobs. And past trade agreements (like the Korea FTA) have clearly impacted the bilateral trade balance, both through changing the import–export balance directly and via new incentives to shift production. When you put false assumptions into the model, you can’t trust the results. Garbage in, garbage out. 

      3) The study assumes every worker who loses a job because of increased imports is automatically re-employed in a better and higher paying job.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t match our experience with corporate-driven trade. And, given that Congress has been always stingy with safety net programs (like TAA) for those who lose their jobs, it is not realistic to think Congress will be more generous now. 

      4) The study asserts that “the higher productivity [caused by the TPP] translates into greater demand for labor and drives wages higher.” This is not a “finding” but an assumption that can easily be disproved. The link between productivity and wages broke more than 30 years ago—and not just in the United States.

      5) The study admits that the TPP will reduce the growth of manufacturing jobs, meaning 121,000 fewer manufacturing jobs than without the TPP. But it asserts that wages for skilled labor will rise because the U.S. service sector is “skilled-labor intensive.” Again, this assertion comes from wacky assumptions. U.S. workers have seen their wages stagnate as they move from manufacturing to service jobs. 

      A new Tufts study, on the other hand, uses a different model (the United Nations Global Policy Model), which better matches reality. This means its results make more sense. As the Tufts study authors explain, the TPP will drive wages down because the 12 countries will engage in a “race to the bottom” to attract foreign investment with lower costs. 

      The Tufts study predicts the TPP will cost 448,000 U.S. jobs. All 12 TPP countries combined will lose 771,000 jobs. And the TPP will shrink the slice of the U.S. economic pie going to workers by 1.31%. 

      Fewer jobs and lower wages? The TPP is a bad deal! Make your voice heard now.  

      TWU is now accepting applications for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer 15 college-bound dependents of TWU members with a scholarship worth $4,800. This scholarship will be paid out per year in the amount of $1,200 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four-year course of study.

      Quill ScholarshipThe union has been honoring our founder with these scholarships since 1969. Quill Scholarship awards have benefitted hundreds of TWU families. Sons and daughters of our members in transit, railroad and air transportation, utilities, public employment, space installations, and allied industries are among those who began their college educations with the help of TWU’s signature scholarship.

      We have three additional sponsors: Union Benefit Planners has again agreed to sponsor an additional eight scholarships worth $2,500 each. M3 Technology will sponsor five scholarships worth $2,000 each and Vincent Pitta from Pitta & Giblin LLP, in memory of J. Brian Dugan, will sponsor two scholarships worth $2,500 each. All of the above sponsored scholarships will be paid out in the first year, as a single scholarship. The application and additional information, including eligibility requirements, are here.

      The deadline to apply is April 22, 2016.

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      Above: Irrawaddy Lamouth, AFSCME Local 685, 2011 Union Plus Scholarship recipient

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