What's New Video Weekly Updates
Air Local 512
September 24, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Illinois Department of Health has reported that COVID-19 cases with teenagers and children are about 17.8% of total infections in our state. They expect a slight relief in vaccines for kids ages five to eleven as early as November. The state's positivity rate for COVID-19 cases is 3.0% based on a seven-day average. Health officials continue to say that vaccines are our best protection against severe illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the virus. The Good news is that the positive rate has dipped since early July.
We had three (3) members who tested positive this week. Two were away from work when they tested positive, and one whose area was deep clean and contact tracing was started. Please continue to follow all safety protocols and always wear your facemask. We have resupply of Union facemask at the TWU Local 512 field office in room 100 by K12.
The Company notified us that after September 30, 2021, that parking in terminal front parking in lot C would terminate. Therefore, we will not have access effective October 1, 2021. Consequently, we should all plan accordingly on parking at the employee parking lot. Please give yourself time to adjust to the changes. If we get any further information about the bus schedule, we will forward it to everyone.
On the winter bid starting November 1, 2021, the Company slightly changed its training gates. The new gates designated as training gates throughout the Fall/Winter bid will be H10 and H12. The Company will not remove crews during the training process.
This week, we were in DFW for the GRB (Grievance Review Board) and presented grievances slated for September review. Unfortunately, we have no update on the arbitration on the Control Crew Chief positions; we continue to wait for the arbitrator's decision. The MSP grievances continue to move forward, and hoping for a resolution soon.
The Bid Committee will be available on Saturday, September 25, 2021, 13:30-22:00, and Sunday, September 26, 2021, 05:30-14:00. We will be using the new bidding hub, and you will be able to view the actual winter bid, set up preferences, add delegates and criteria. The seniority list and bid times will also be online. During the bidding process, the bid committee will be available to assist at the bid room, and we will have stewards to help at H9 and the field office. Please be aware that the bid committee will no longer take in-person or phone bids. If you haven't done so, sign in bidding hub and review your information.
The window is now open for selecting vacation weeks and having the rest as DAT days for 2022. You can make your selection on the Bidding hub, and you have until October 1, 2021. If you need any assistance, please come, and visit us at the Local 512 field office.
A quick reminder, if you have submitted your Covid Vaccination Proof before August 31, 2021. Please make sure your additional 2022 VC Day is in your bank in Bidding Hub. We will start passing out the TWU Local 512 pullovers at the membership meetings on September 30, 2021, and they will be available at the field office for those who sign-up on the following week.
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.