What's New Video Weekly Updates
December 1, 2023
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
In recent news, the APFA Flight Attendants Union filed a formal request with the NMB on November 20, 2023, to be released from negotiations with American Airlines. They have been in talks for nearly five years, and a lack of movement has driven the APFA to request the release. The National Mediation Board (NMB) has officially denied the release request. The NMB coordinates labor and management within the United States airline industry. The Flight Attendants Union hoped to be released into a 30-day cooling-off period during the Christmas holidays. It will not happen now, and they may try to find other strategies.
The new bus vendor ABM will transition on December 15, 2023, or sooner if they can get everything in place. So far, they have hired 42 drivers: 22 are badged, 25 are in the badging process, and four drivers were rehired from Aries. During our efficiency meeting with the ORD VP, we requested a monitoring GPS be placed at K19.
Safety concern update: In a recent incident, a standard veyor hit the aircraft door and antenna. It was discovered that a wheel chock was placed on the gas pedal to keep it revved up, which caused it to shift gears and cause damage. This should not be standard practice; if the vendor is not working correctly, it should be placed out of service. Please follow all safety precautions and rules; your safety and the safety of your co-workers are the most important.
There has been a surge in Covid-related cases; just a reminder, the Company continues to provide unpaid Covid leave. Your medical physician or clinic must do any positive test, including Walgreens or CVS. No home tests will be accepted.
In our weekly meeting with management, we discussed the following items. For facility maintenance, three vacancies will be posted. A glitch was discovered with the new Tech Ops bidding program “Maverick.” Please be cautious when selecting your vacation bids—only one bid for every preference line and not multiple bids on one preference line. Multiple bids on one line would cause “Maverick” to place them in chronological order, which may not be your choice. Taking a snapshot of your final bid is strongly suggested as well.
There will be no force off for Christmas or New Year's, and the Company will continue to have a VTO sign-up. After several discussions with the management, they will post an additional Crew Chief position in ABR, consisting of first and second shifts and a relief shift—three positions in total. Our next Grievance Review Board will be the week of January 22, 2024.
We have ordered additional jackets for those who signed up last month. The order should take six to eight weeks. As for now, we will continue to distribute jackets to those who placed their orders in the summer. We also distributing TWU Local 512 winter knitted caps at the field office.
Sincerely and fraternally,
President – TWU Local 512
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