On 4/23/2013, a Ramp contractor employee was killed in an unfortunate accident while driving a tug. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation, but it appears while driving the tug, he lost control, crashed and was ejected from the vehicle. Sadly, he passed away while en route to the hospital.
The employee was apparently not wearing a seat belt.
Airport accidents can kill. Protect yourself by wearing a seat belt wherever you can.
Remember, someone expects you home tonight.
The SSE Seat Belt Use Policy section 2.196, issued 4/15/2013, now requires
seat belt use in all company vehicles except for:
1. Driving or riding inside the gate area while servicing the aircraft when an aircraft is at the gate
2. Driving or riding inside aircraft maintenance hangars and auto shops
3. Driving or riding inside bag rooms to position equipment around the piers and carousels
-The policy is available for review at http://sse.jetnet.aa.com/policy/2/2_196.pdf
Being part of the labor movement is about showing solidarity. The Teamsters have seemed to forgotten that.
They’ve launched an attack on my union – the Transport Workers Union (TWU) – that represents me and more than 10,000 other mechanics at American Airlines.
For the past year, our union has been fighting to protect us from attempts by American Airlines to use bankruptcy courts to cut jobs and benefits. Instead of standing with us, the Teamsters have decided to run a nasty campaign to hijack our union and divide workers against each other, just so they can increase their own membership at the expense of my coworkers and I.
Sign my petition to Teamsters President James Hoffa and Organizing Director Jeff Farmer to tell them to stop attacking our union. Instead of dividing workers and doing the work of the bosses, the Teamsters should focus their resources on organizing the millions of workers that have no voice on the job.
The Teamsters’ tactics have been pretty dirty. They’re trying to lie to workers about how TWU, more than any union in our industry, has worked to protect jobs and stop foreign outsourcing of aircraft maintenance work.
And that’s not all. Recently, we’ve heard that a Teamster organizer violated our rights by forging worker names on union authorization cards. We’re told that as many as 450 cards are being investigated as forgeries.
Help us send a message to Hoffa and Farmer that they should be bringing workers together rather than attempting to tear us apart. Sign my petition NOW.
American Airlines mechanic and TWU Local 514 member
First, there is no agreement anywhere that would allot to Mechanic and Related as a class or craft 4.8% of the equity in American or in any successor company. The 4.8% equity is allotted by agreement to TWU as a fund from which TWU will distribute their appropriate shares to ALL SEVEN of the classes or crafts represented by TWU. Mechanic and Related, as a class or craft, will receive an appropriate share of this equity. The responsibility of determining what that appropriate share is, and must rest on TWU, since the equity agreement itself contains no formula as to how the equity is to be shared out among the seven classes or crafts. Thus, not only is IBT spectacularly wrong and inaccurate regarding the amount of equity to be distributed to the M&R class or craft; but its ignorance in that respect undermines its equally uninformed notion that there exists an already defined amount of equity that can and will be simply handed over to IBT if it displaces TWU as the M&R representative. There isn’t—as IBT could easily have found out for itself, if it had bothered to read the basic equity agreement.
Ask yourself: can you trust your vital job interests, in a dangerous time, to an organizational that plays so fast and loose with important facts? An organization that makes “guarantees” about an agreement that it obviously hasn’t bothered to even try to understand? Should you trust the task of administering complicated agreements regarding equity and other matters to the union that negotiated them? or to a union that seeks votes by making “guarantees” regarding an agreement that involves what may be hundreds of millions of dollars—but which can’t even be bothered to read?
Click here to download the application. Please read the information below to be sure you qualify.
What is the deadline?
All applications must be received by the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund by May 1, 2013.