What's New Video Weekly Updates
Air Local 512
November 19, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In recent news, OSHA has announced that it has suspended its implementation and enforcement of the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), which requires employers with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccines or weekly testing. It is due to a Fifth Circuit court order as a result of developing litigation.
But employers who fall under the mandate of a federal contractor or health care providers are not part of this suspension. Instead, they are part of a different, similar mandate even though challenged and, at the moment, have not been halted by any federal court action. So, please, you should not make decisions based on the OSHA announcement. January 4, 2022, the deadline is approaching to submit your vaccination card or your accommodation request in Jetnet.
In other news, the Company will begin so-called “Care Meetings” throughout the system. We have not been notified when it will start here in ORD. These meetings are with employees who have not supplied their vaccination information. It should only be a friendly reminder of the deadline and answer any questions regarding uploading any information in Jetnet. They should not be asking what your intention is with vaccination or accommodations.
The seven-day positivity rate for this week is 3.5% and up ticking. We had one member who tested positive, and the work area was deep cleaned. Would you please continue to follow all safety protocols, and if you have any concerns, see us at the field office.
The Company informed us that they would reduce the staffing level to par with the flight schedule for the Thanksgiving holiday. It would follow the established guidelines as per our JCBA Article 22 (a), paragraph 3. Anyone who is Involuntary off will receive their holiday pay as per the JCBA.
A quick reminder, as we move closer to a new year, the Cook County and Chicago Sick leave hours can be rolled over to the new year, but it is limited to 20 hours for a total max of 60 hours for 2022. Again, these are not additional hours but from your accrued sick bank. All state leave will be coded appropriately and not subjected to the new sick point system policy. Once a member uses their 40 hours state leave, lost time will verify if they have rollover hours and continue to code state leave if rollover hours are available. Document your rollover hours to avoid any discrepancies.
The main two topics in our weekly meeting with management were continued bus issues and the new Company sick policy. In addition, we have a bus meeting on Monday, November 22, 2021, in the flagship lounge at 2:00 p.m.
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.