What's New Video Weekly Updates
Air Local 512
June 11, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The State of Illinois and the City of Chicago have reopened from the majority of COVID-19 related restrictions. And the statewide positivity rate dropped down to 1.0% from the previous week of 1.3%. As we go to a full reopening, 68% of Illinois adults have received at least one vaccine dose, and 51% are fully vaccinated. We had no reports of anyone testing positive of the Coronavirus on the ramp at ORD.
Facemask may now be removed when working outside on the ramp or in a non-air condition inside area where index reaches at least 91 degrees. We have no new updates with the FAA or TSA lifting the facemask restrictions at the airport terminal or flying on an aircraft. Please continue to do your "Well for Work" declaration in your lessons each month, and other lessons are due on June 15, 2021.
We were made aware of several mistakes with the automated vacation bid. For example, members with less seniority were awarded vacation weeks ahead of senior members and other issues. We are working on getting the problem corrected with management.
In our weekly meeting with management, we discussed the following items. First, providing a cooling van at Terminal 5 during hot days, and what other COVID-19 restrictions need to be lifted to reactive the Gatorade truck. Second, the Company will do a soft launch of its new "Mytime" absence reporting system on July 12, 2021. They will continue to provide access to call-in sick via phone for three additional weeks after its launch. We were also informed that the Company would have a hiring event on June 28, 2021. They are looking to hire one hundred (100) full-time and fifty (50) part-time agents at ORD.
Other items, front terminal parking, there has been no additional information on when we will be transitioning back to the employee parking lot. Front terminal parking in lot C is still available till the end of the month. June 11, 2021, was the deadline for both parties to submit their briefs for the Allocators (CC Control) position arbitration case. We hope by the end of next month to have a decision from the arbitrator.
A quick reminder, Article 14, Section (G), with regards to breaks; Full-time shifts will include one (1) paid fifteen (15) minute break during the first half of the shift, and one (1) paid fifteen (15) minute break during the second half of the shift. Part-time shifts that do not contain an unpaid meal period will contain one (1) paid fifteen (15) minute break during the scheduled shift. Part-time shifts of five (5) hours or more that do not contain an unpaid meal period will contain two (2) paid fifteen (15) minute breaks. If you have any questions, please reach out to your local officers or the field office.
In the Summer Hydration program this year, the Company will be providing water bottles and packets of Sqwinchers. We understand the norm was to have the Gatorade truck up and running. Still, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it will not be activated this year, as well as ice machines that are deactivated due to safety concerns of contamination. We understand our members' frustration with working in the heat. We recommend that you bring your cooler with ice and water and as we continue to try to find other options on providing some relief. It would be best to hydrate every hour; you have that right or cool off inside for a few minutes after a heavy trip. If you have any other concerns, please stop by or call us at the TWU Local 512 field office at 773-847-0077.
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.
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