What's New Video Weekly Updates
Air Local 512
October 15, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On October 12, 2021, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent its temporary emergency standard (ETS) to the White House for final review. It involves requirements with companies with 100 or more employees mandated the vaccine or regular testing. In addition, President's Executive Order #14042 directs American Airlines to have all their employees fully vaccinated, and the Company has set that date for November 24, 2021. Anyone who has submitted their vaccination card once before must be resubmitted again. Please see us at the TWU Local 512 field office or the hall if you have any questions.
The Federal mandate allows for accommodations in two circumstances: a medical disability and a sincerely held religious belief must submit their accommodation request in Jetnet as quickly as possible to avoid any processing issues. Unfortunately, the Union has still not received any details regarding accommodations once they are approved. Also, the Company has not given any clarity if there is a backlog on these accommodation requests.
We strongly support freedom of choice and do not support mandates restricting our members' freedom to make a living. Therefore, the government must make exemptions that will not harm our members. Please take the time to call your legislators to voice your concerns.
Our state positivity rate for COVID-19 cases is 2.1% based on a seven-day average. The hospitalizations and ICU use were down by 21% in October. We had three members who tested positive this week, and all areas were deep cleaned. On another note, J&J COVID Booster shot wins backing of the FDA Advisory panel and will soon be readily available.
The Company announced a new aligned attendance policy which would take effect on November 15, 2021. It is a point-based system, and anyone on an attendance advisory will be transitioned to a prospective level, and occurrences will be zeroed out. In addition, authorized leaves, such as FMLA, will not be counted, along with Pandemic leaves and Chicago & Cook County State Sick days.
The 2022 vacation bid will be conducted on the bidding hub and can be viewed today, October 15, 2021. Bidding will begin on Monday, November 1, 2021, for Crew Chiefs, Tuesday, November 2, 2021, through Monday, November 8, 2021, for Full-time Fleet Agents, and Tuesday, November 9, 2021, and Wednesday, November 10, 2021, for Part-time Fleet agents.
Open enrollment for benefits starts now and continues through November 5, 2021. In addition, benefits counselors will be onsite at the field office on October 21-23 & 26-28 and at Cargo on October 26 and 28 at the TWU Cargo field office. Unfortunately, a glitch was discovered in the Annual enrollment program, the issue of being automatically enrolled in Metlife LTD and Hospital Indemnity plans. Therefore, you will have to decline coverage if you do not want the plans.
In our weekly meeting, the main topic of discussion was the bus schedule and the impact of limited capacity. The main issue with Aries bus company is the lack of drivers to sustain a daily use of 12 buses, and on average, it has been around 8. However, they continue to try to hire and keep those on staff. The Company requested a lift on limited capacity, which was denied by our local due to the ongoing delta variant. Aries will provide a minimum of five busses for the mainline to help with the lack of capacity at peak times. Hopefully, it will relieve some of the issues. Would you please continue with your feedback to the Local as we assist the Company on getting the busses back on a dependable schedule.
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.