December 15, 2018
ASSOCIATION NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
Brothers and Sisters,
THE TWU/IAM Association executive negotiating committee participated on a conference call conducted by National Mediation Board mediators yesterday, December 14, 2018. Negotiators from American Airlines also participated.
Hundreds of United Airlines flight attendants on Thursday protested outside several airports against staffing cuts, the first demonstrations by the airline's largest labor group in more than two years.
American Airlines is quietly moving to try and establish a more consistent level of service across the thousands of flights it operates domestically and internationally each day.
Sources within the ranks of American’s 27,000-plus flight attendants have reported working alongside a member of AA’s management team called a “service analyst” on flights in recent days.
The profitability of the global airline industry is expected to rise to $US35.5 billion in 2019 thanks to a sharp fall in oil prices and solid expectations of global GDP growth.
The latest projection from the International Air Transport Association also delivers good news for investors with a forecast the return on capital will exceed its cost for the fifth consecutive year.
LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 10, 2018, 1:29PM
The use of biometrics to identify air travelers is expanding, with the world’s largest airline launching a program that uses facial recognition technology for some fliers at Los Angeles International Airport.
On December 10, 2018, the TWU filed a request to withdraw its motion for Preliminary Injunction regarding the USPS drug testing. This request is simple to remove from the motion for appearance. The actual lawsuit is still active and waiting its day in court. The reasoning for this request is because the Company and the Union have engaged in discussions.
During this time the Company has filed a motion for an extension of time, so they can have the opportunity to respond to the TWU's litigation of the USPS drug testing. As discussions continued, the Company continued with filing another motion to dismiss the Union's lawsuit.
In their motion, the Company argues that the TWU did not object to American repeatedly tested fleet service employees since 2006. They would also argue that the TWU has no representational rights at all and this would solely fall to the TWU/IAM Association. The drug testing is not the only requirement for the USPS Certification it also involves background checks and Immigration status.
This process of USPS Certification has affected the IAM fleet members as well. At this point, it is not known if the IAM will file its lawsuit or how many of its members are affected by it.
Earlier this week, the TWU was informed by American that they plan to resume USPS Certification. According to American, they need to comply to meet USPS requirements. TWU continues to contest the Company's actions as they show disregards to the collective bargaining agreement and its drug testing policy. The TWU International has said; "Be advised that members should avoid creating a situation where they would be subject to discipline by refusing to respond to the Company's request, while the Union works toward a resolution of the problem."
Our weekly meeting with management has been pushed back till this coming Tuesday. Cargo Safety Meeting, discussion on Chicago being the number one station with "Slip, Trip, and Fall" injuries. The company needs to be more proactive with salting before a storm. We also agreed that Safety Observation goals are to correct safety items and not to give out corrective action. The Company has been conducting Safety Walks in Cargo with Crew Chiefs and fleet service members. They are also looking at having Work-Fit be more involved at Cargo. We had an objection to this if our members are required to participate; Work-Fit should only be voluntary.
We would like to wish TWU local 512 member John Davies a very happy retirement and recognize his fifty years of service with the company and Union, Congratulations.
Daniel DiSalvo breaks down the wide-reaching implications of the upcoming Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME.
Clarification on bringing oversized bags up the jet-bridge stairs is as follows.
The dumb-waiter is only to be used when items cannot be safely
carried up the jet-bridge stairs. An item can be safely carried when the FSC is able to carry it with one hand while utilizing the handrail with the other hand.
When strollers, wheelchairs or heavy crew bags cannot be carried while holding the handrail, they may be sent up the dumb-waiter. The crew chief will determine the need to contact customer care and have them send the dumb-waiter down for loading. Customer care can be reached on channel 1 of the radio. When the crew chief is unable to reach customer care they are to contact their zone CSM for assistance in the communication process. We hope this clears up any confusion on the issue. As always the safety of our members is first and foremost.
Vice President, Szwed
TWU Local 512
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
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