What's New Video Weekly Updates
Air Local 512
August 12, 2022
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
The CDC is easing its recommendations, saying people no longer need to stay home after exposure to COVID-19 if they show no symptoms, including unvaccinated. However, they recommend masking for at least ten days and testing after five days. At this point, it is your responsibility from now on. Please continue to follow all safety protocols at work. The Company does provide five-day FMLA Pandemic leave with proper documentation in conjunction with your sick time. If you need additional information, please see us at the field office.
We have a few questions we would like to address in this week's update. What is the timeframe for the new fall bid? The fall bid will be about eight weeks long, with the winter bid slated to begin on the first Monday, November.
Why can’t we spread the timeframe evenly over 12 months for the three or four bids?In article 14, section L, 1-6, work schedules will be rebid based on the needs of the service. All shifts are based on the flight schedule, and very hard for it to be even out. Work schedule duration will not exceed five (5) months and a minimum of three (3) times per year. Our flight schedules drop in September to around 160 per day compared to 175 this summer. I believe in November again. The flight changes throughout the years make it impossible to have our bids spread out evenly.
Will the bid require us to work in a different work area? We have two fleet work areas or duty assignments, Cargo and Ramp. Every bid admin post job functions on the board at K19. Being flexed around the ramp is not a violation of our JCBA. But we do discuss the safety aspects of moving crews and will continue. In Article 39, Recognition of Rights and Compliance, the Company has sole rights to manage and operate its business. The Union can advise the Company on different aspects, but ultimately, they will run it as they see fit.
We need to continue to follow all safety protocols. And be aware of our surroundings. We cannot skip on safety when working on the ramp. Please get in touch with a steward or stop by the field office if you get into an incident.
The Company is having another hiring event on Saturday, August 27, 2022, and will continue to hire throughout the year. Also, the annual crossover Ramp/Cargo is coming at the month's end, with the report date of mid-October. The Company needs full-time crew chiefs and will continue to post. They have been posting part-time crew chiefs without success and will try to entice them by posting weekend off shifts. Please beware of this bait and switch tactic. Once again, if you have any concerns, please see us at the field office.
Always take the time to review your sick leave bank in Workbrain. If you didn’t have 40 hours at the beginning of the year, the Company would advance you to meet Illinois state sick leave requirements. Throughout the year, they would take their advancement. You do not get an additional 40 hours of state sick leave but use your accrual, which would be coded state sick leave to avoid an occurrence. You must have sick time in your bank to use Illinois Kin Care. If you have any additional questions, stop by the field office.
TWU Local 512 drawstring backpacks are still available at the field office.
Sincerely and fraternally,
President – TWU Local 512
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