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September 22, 2023
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On Tuesday, TWU International administrative VP Mike Mayes, Air Division Director Andre Sutton, and International Rep Greg Cosey presented a 75th Anniversary plaque to the officers of Local 512. The presentation was a little late due to the pandemic, but we were delighted to receive it.
Our first President was William G. Lindner, who helped organize Local 512 in 1947. He was elected to the executive board of the TWU International in 1948. Three years later, he moved to New York to work full-time for the air transport division. In 1978, he was elected Executive Vice President, and the following year he became International President. Mr. Lindner was the Union’s third President in its 51-year history at that time and the only one who did not come up through Union ranks in New York City.
The TWU Local 512 honors his memory by bearing his name on our steward award. The William G. Lindner Award is given yearly to those stewards who serve our members above and beyond.
We recently had our bid meeting with the Company on Monday. We were informed that ORD daily flight activity in November would be 140, with January dropping to 126, with 111 daily flights on Saturdays. Our Thanksgiving Holiday in Chicago (ORD) will drop to 80 flights. We were hoping for improvements, but we continue to see the effects of the Covid pandemic and the economic downturn.
Other items discussed in the meeting were the tow crew and equipment driver shifts in this bid. Deice 5:45 shifts will be designated for the pad; all full-time open time will be trained for deicing. Due to high attrition, the Company added extra headcount to open time and pool/deice. However, due to the reduction of flights, the headcount in the bagroom was reduced by 20 for the winter bid. The Local adamantly believes the decrease is a mistake and will continue to advocate for the change to spread flights in the bagroom evenly.
We had no weekly meetings with management due to attending the Grievance Review Board (GRB) at the IAM 141 Division in Chicago.
American Airlines Open Enrollment starts October 12, 2023; all benefit information is on Jetnet.
VA Healthcare Enrollment Update: if you are a veteran deployed to a combat zone but never enrolled in VA healthcare and left active duty between September 11, 2001, and October 1, 2013, you should apply today. But act fast – the deadline is September 30, 2023. Even if you may not meet this requirement, you may still qualify for VA healthcare; apply now.
Please contact us at the hall or field office if you have any questions or concerns.
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.