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Air Local 512
November 15, 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We continue to be in full compliance with the Permanent Injunction imposed by Judge McBryde of the Texas Northern District Court on August 12, 2019. We will continue to tell our members to comply with the order entirely. Please continue to work as you would typically do. No Court proceeding this week, other than a submission of a compliance declaration by the TWU/IAM Association. The Judge has not rendered any type of judgment and the motion for sanctions is this pending.
The timeline for the transition of TWU VOL Benefits from payroll deduct to direct deposit will be December 16, 2019, to December 21, 2019. The following TWU ATD products that will need to transition are Lincoln Term Life, Lincoln Accident, Lincoln Critical Illness, Hartford STD, AFLAC Critical Illness. The Local is trying to secure an area on the ramp which we can assist during the transiting period.
The following TWU ATD products that will receive a port letter from the individual insurance companies with instructions on how to port their coverage are Transamerica STD, Transamerica Universal Life, Humana supplemental Life, and UNUM Whole Life. We also sent out letters to twenty-three retirees who will also be affected by the transition.
TWU Long Term Disability will be the only item that will continue to be payroll deduct and will not need any action taken. You can register at www.twuaaunionbenefits.com, and you can find a link on our twulocal512.org at our members' benefits page.
In our weekly meeting with management, we discussed several items — the continued issues with Aries bus company and its reliability and safety. Menzies and the fueling of equipment, T5 bone-yard ice issue,
and prospect cabin cleaners walking across the taxi-way late at night. Our efficiency and safety meetings were canceled this week due to this week's snowy weather. There was also an issue with Gate Gourmet SUV speeding on the ramp and almost hitting a push-out crew returning to the gate. All vendors must follow all safety procedures and policies as prescribed by American.
The Negotiations executive committee met this week in Washington, DC, with the National Mediations Board, and more dates to be scheduled with full participation.
Lessons are due today, November 15, 2019. Please get them done to avoid any issues.
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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