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Air Local 512
August 16, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On August 12, 2019, Judge John McBryde of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted American Airlines permanent injunction against the TWU/IAM Association.
In his memorandum opinion, Judge McBryde cited that the Company has shown Association members of conducting a concerted slowdown and that its unions abdicated their duty to take every reasonable action to prevent or stop it. It is the Court's opinion that American Airlines is entitled to a permanent injunction to enforce that duty.
The Temporary Restraining Order is now a permanent injunction and everything that was associated with that order is in full effect. The Court further orders that the TWU/IAM Association is prohibited from including any statements in their notices, that our members might interpret as suggesting they should continue to engage in the previously-described conduct, including code words.
The Judge goes on to say that the Permanent Injunction does not prohibit the Association members or their officials from ever uttering the phrase "work safe." It only orders the Association to refrain from using in such slogans under the narrow circumstances, nor it would stop any from talking about safety.
On the following day, August 13, 2019, the Company filed a motion of contempt of the TRO in Court. One of the items they cited that the Association messages have lacked authoritative forcefulness, are hollow, insincere, and have gone as far as robotic presentation styles. They request the Court to hold the Association in contempt and award damages. The Unions will defend themselves from this motion.
Association has filed a notice of appeal to the United States of Appeals for the fifth circuit of Louisiana.
The TWU/IAM Senior Leadership met with the National Mediation Board three-member panel in Washington, DC. They pressed the board that there are still five significant items on the table that need to be resolved. They are Scope, Wages, Profit, Sharing, Medical, and Retirement. Leadership continues to respond that they will meet anywhere and anytime to negotiate with the Company. Both parties will be contacted next week with the board's plans for further negotiations.
Also, the entire TWU/IAM leadership had a briefing of the permanent Injunction and Contempt motion with a Q and A session. Please join us at our monthly membership meetings on August 28, 2019, for more details.
We are now in a Permanent Injunction and will continue to comply. If anyone has any questions, please call the hall or email us.
This past week, there were two fatalities that involved being thrown out of tugs. One person who worked at Delta and another one who worked for Piedmont airlines. Both ramp workers did not have their seatbelts when driving. We strongly urge everyone to always buckle up when driving on the ramp and on their way home after work. If you won’t do it for yourselves then do it for your families.
President – TWU Local 512
TWU Local 525 Memorial Beam
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,
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