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Air Local 512
October 18, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We continue to comply with the Permanent Injunction issued on August 12, 2019, by the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The directive is to instruct all Association, TWU, and IAM members of American Airlines to resume regular working schedules and practices. No Union member should engage in any concerted refusal to perform routine operations. Union members must cease all such activity and exhortations or communications encouraging the same upon pain of fine, suspension, or other sanction by the Unions.
The TWU/IAM submitted another compliance declaration to the Court on October 15, 2019. The date set for November 7, to respond to American Airlines' motion for contempt sanctions. As negotiations continue, it might be possible that the Association might ask for another extension for its response.
The negotiations committee was briefed on the continued progress on discussions with the National Mediation Board and American Airlines by the Executive team in Washington DC. All parties will continue to meet next week, and we can hope for the best.
Secretary-Treasurer Mike Rubel, along with Section Chairmen Leonard Mitchell and Dennis Tate, attended the Title II system Meeting in Dallas, Texas, at the American Airlines Headquarters. A variety of topics was discussed and an agreement of moving forward with bi-annual meetings.
Benefits enrollment starts on Monday, October 21, 2019, and continues through November 1, 2019. Retirement Specialist Paul Mazzara will be available to answer questions for those who have plans of retiring. He will be at the West Mezzanine room on the upper level in terminal 3 above the AA ticket counter as well as the enrollment counselors for this year's benefits. He will also be at Cargo on October 24, 2019, to answer all questions regarding retirement.
The TWU Union voluntary benefits are being transitioned from payroll deduction to direct deposit this year. Enrollment Counselors will assist members with explaining the transition and will assist with reviewing core Company plans. TWU benefits that will need to be transition are as follows: Lincoln Term Life, Lincoln Accident, Lincoln Critical Illness, Hartford STD, AFLAC Critical Illness, and AFLAC Whole Life.
Union benefits that will not be supported by direct deposit and will not follow the direct deposit process are as follows: Transamerica STD, Transamerica UL, Humana Supplemental Life, and UNUM Whole Life. The policyholders will receive a port letter from the individual Companies with instructions on how to port their coverage.
The only TWU benefit that will continue to be payroll deducted is the Long-term disability, and no action needs to be taken. Also, benefits that will not be offered this year for enrollment are as follows: Lincoln Term Life, Lincoln Critical Illness, Lincoln Accident Plans, and Unum Whole Life.
The benefits counselors will provide assistance and instructions with the transition and also provide instructions on obtaining direct deposit forms. All direct deposit information would need to be inputted between December 1, 2019, and December 15, 2019, to avoid double billing.
Sincerely and fraternally,
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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