What's New Video Weekly Updates
Air Local 512
May 29, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We've had another good week of no one being affected with the CVID-19. It seems to be a good downturn, and we are seeing many communities opening up—also, several of our members have returned to work. We continue to stay on course concerning the observations of cleaning by vendors. Our Safety Stewards have been doing a great job and will continue to message the washing of hands after every task and to keep our social distance. We can't afford to be complacent at this critical time. TWU facemasks are available in the Safety room along with hand sanitizer if any member is in need.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued an alert on social distancing to keep everyone safe at work during the pandemic. Safety measures that can be implemented include: Isolating any worker who begins to exhibit symptoms until they can either go home or leave to seek medical care. Also, the staggering of shifts breaks, and re-arranging seats in the common break areas to maintain physical distance between workers.
Due to the downturn of COVID-19 cases, the Company will close the pandemic support desk and move it to local support. Once we get more details, it will be messaged out to everyone. There are also no changes to the 14-day pandemic leave, and anyone with a positive test or in need of self-quarantine can continue to sign up.
You may be already aware of the Company's payroll alignment scheduled to take place in July. We will move from a current pay methodology to pay in arrears methodology. The Company will no longer assume your schedule; you will be paid for the actual hours worked in the previous two-week pay period. Including additional scheduled hours, overtime, or vacation. Our pay date schedule will shift by one week to reset on July 17, 2020. The last current bi-weekly paycheck will be July 10. These changes may result in your July 17, paycheck being smaller than usual by up to forty hours.
To mitigate any impact, the Company will offer several options to help cover any shortage. Payroll advance as an interest-free loan, but taxed at supplemental rates (22%), vacations, sick bank, and Comp bank. You may combine up to two of these options to cover any shortage on your July 17, paycheck.
Payroll will send out separate information on these offers, including instructions for electing them to your A.A. email address on June 1, and the deadline for your elections is July 2. Any repayment will take place in February 2021.
Now, the pay alignment is part of the process on the move into Workbrain, but it is not the full implementation. After several discussions with American Airlines Head of Legal, we got our Workbrain implementation month moved to September from November. The bid committee will start working on a new bid in late July for a combined bid with our IAM brothers and sisters and the merger of seniority of both workgroups. This new bid will start around or on September 7, 2020.
Other news, MIA will start implementing the three-person scripted turn crews in their June 27, 2020 bid. They will also lose all the control Crew Chief positions to this Ground Star Real-Time program. The scripted turn process will be added to the Ramp Operations Manual (ROM) moving forward for the entire system. We will work with Local 568 to make sure that our grievances on the Control work are parallel with both Locals so it can move quickly to arbitration.
The Gatorade Truck will be up and running in June, with a few restrictions in place. It will be activated when temperatures reach 85 degrees. It will not be used on Wednesday and Saturday when social distancing day is observed. It will no longer be self-serve, and no personal bottles can be used. The operator will be the only one who will be allowed to serve Gatorade in disposable cups. We also discussed with the Company of using single-serve Gatorade packets, and they will look into it.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
President – TWU Local 512?
City by city, industry by industry, TWU members are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 fight nationwide.
Please watch today's video message from TWU International President John Samuelsen on our union's tireless efforts to support our members in this global crisis.
Please continue to communicate with the TWU International staff by emailing Health@twu.org with any concerns, requests, or updates from your local. We are here to support you in this crisis as you continue to keep America moving.