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Air Local 512
April 3, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
First and foremost, let me start with how proud we are with our members being proactive in providing information to us at the Local. We are in a crisis we have never experience in our lives, with COVID-19 Pandemic that has spread all over the country. Per our analysis, if infections in the U.S. trend in line with the rest of the world via increased social distancing and other measures, it's likely that it will peak off by early May. But it is only an estimation from the analysis.
If you believe you may have symptoms consistent with Conoravirus, then take the first step and stay home and seek medical attention. If you're at work, then notify a member of management. Most importantly, our Crew Chiefs are our first line of defense, if you have a member of your crew showing sign of being ill, notify your CSM and have them sent home. Due to this crisis, occurrences are not being issued for attendance if you test positive or your doctor mandates you to self-quarantine.
Take steps to protect yourself, by washing your hands often with soap and water, for a least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, also avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you require cleaning and disinfecting supplies, please contact your CSM or seek them at the CSM offices at K19. Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our members is a top priority of TWU Local 512.
Social Distancing Requirements, which is mandated by Illinois State Governor with Executive Order 2020-10. Includes maintaining a least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands. Designated distances should have signage and tape or other means six-foot spacing for employees and customers. If you feel that the Company is not adhering to the mandate, you can call at 1-800-889-3932 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.
In our weekly meeting with the Company, they are reducing capacity in April and May severally by 80 to 90 percent at ORD. What was going to be our busy summer season in 20 years will now be our worst ever in history. They will also have a re-bid for the part-timer and will reduce their hours, which is a system-wide Mandate from the Company. Once we get more information, we will forward it to everyone. We are also moving along with our implementation agreement, and not everything fell in place with ratification. Some items need discussion with the Company before they can be implemented. Good News, the Vacation lump sum will be paid out on May 22, 2020, for those affected by the JCBA accrual changes, the bonus will also be paid out on the same date.
Also, in our meeting, we requested that the Company open up more slots for April and May, to ease the anxiety at work because of the Coronavirus crisis. We are waiting for them to respond and will immediately report if they decide to alleviate our members' concerns.
Letters were sent out to those members who have not done their Union benefits transition from payroll to direct deposit. The Union Benefits Planners stated in their letter that STD and Term life would not be sending out any more messages. If it has not been set up, they will lapse, and you would have to reenroll with a new premium, and a health statement would need to be filled out. Also enclosed with this email are the upcoming pay alignment changes with our new JCBA. Also, Probationary members will fall under the new agreement of one-hundred (100) calendar days from one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days.
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.