November 10, 2018
Lori Bassani National President, APFA 1004 West Euless Blvd. Euless, TX 76040
The TWU stands fully behind the APFA as you enter into this critical round of contract negotiations.
As you know, the TWU also recently entered into Section 6 negotiations.
U.S. airlines are reiterating guidance to their pilots Wednesday regarding how to respond to a potential sensor failure that’s been targeted in the investigation of the crash of a Boeing 737 Max aircraft in Indonesia last week that left 189 people dead.
November 2, 2018
Dear Ms. Vaughn,
In recent weeks a large number of Fleet Service Clerks represented by TWU have been subjected to drug testing without any basis in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between TWU and American covering Fleet Service employees, or any basis in the Company Policy guidelines regarding drug testing.
United Airlines and its employees look to be reaping maximum benefit from the ongoing runway and terminal expansion at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport — a project that could easily take six or more years and billions of dollars to complete.
Equity Distribution checks have been mailed out, and if you have any issues with your equity, please call Computershare at 1-888-608-2588.
In a recent bulletin, our President John Samuelsen and the TWU will stand behind and will show full support for the APFA. They will enter into contract negotiations and have started a full-court press against the company. In his letter to APFA President Lori Bassani, he said "There is great power in the continuance of our unions working together. It is more important than ever that we who represent workgroups at American Airlines remain steadfastly unified. There are tremendous strength and power in a continued collective approach."
The APFA will be conducting a system-wide Informational Picketing, this Sunday, November 18, 2018; Chicago (ORD) will be one of these stations. This picket will be from 11:00 am to 13:00 pm and will be between terminal three and two, on the upper level, near the (rideshare) Uber pick area. The TWU Local 512 will stand behind and will show full support with APFA brothers and sisters. We ask all our members to come out and join us with this informational picket.
Negotiations Mediation Update, Thursday was a conference call between the Company, Executive Committee, and the NMB Mediators. In this call, all parties were asked to submit their positions on various subjects related past discussions. There will be another conference call in Mid-December with actual real meetings happening in January and February. These meetings will be spread out in SFO, MIA, DCA, and ATL; the negotiation committee will be in all these locations.
The NMB Mediators will control the flow of the mediation process, most likely they will move into different areas to resolve smaller issues first, before tackling the larger ones. The last discussion on the call was an item on the M&R and Stores "Field Trip Procedures" coming to a review and conclusion.
Social Media is an excellent source to provide information quickly, but it can also be used to spread misinformation as well. Negotiations are far from over, and the Company has not presented this committee with a full-text proposal to offer to our members for a vote. You can't vote on something that is not in its completion.
In our weekly meeting with management, we discussed ready room cabinets and the use of personal locks. The Company has agreed to keep this issue status quo and will not cut any locks at this time. We will continue to keep an eye on the scheduling of power-washing in the T3 bagroom. We were informed that a few areas of the bagroom were completed, continued discussion on Alaska drop-off cart and its placement near the L-side terminal. We thought that this issue had been resolved, but Menzies employees continue to move it in a danger zone for our members. This issue will be pushed higher up the ladder and resolved soon.
In Cargo, overall injuries have increased from last year, which is a concern to all. One Item that needs to improve is providing better general information on safety. Premise Medical has advised that Flu shots are available for all members. Discussion on providing cleaning products for the west dock area, and bypass offices workstations. Lastly issues with the lightning detection system at Cargo.
Daniel DiSalvo breaks down the wide-reaching implications of the upcoming Supreme Court case, Janus v. AFSCME.
Clarification on bringing oversized bags up the jet-bridge stairs is as follows.
The dumb-waiter is only to be used when items cannot be safely
carried up the jet-bridge stairs. An item can be safely carried when the FSC is able to carry it with one hand while utilizing the handrail with the other hand.
When strollers, wheelchairs or heavy crew bags cannot be carried while holding the handrail, they may be sent up the dumb-waiter. The crew chief will determine the need to contact customer care and have them send the dumb-waiter down for loading. Customer care can be reached on channel 1 of the radio. When the crew chief is unable to reach customer care they are to contact their zone CSM for assistance in the communication process. We hope this clears up any confusion on the issue. As always the safety of our members is first and foremost.
Vice President, Szwed
TWU Local 512
512 Strong H9 Crew May 28, 2018
Steward Training May 29, 2018
512 Strong ROC May 28, 2018
Mike Neville's Retirement Congratulations
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
TWU Local 512 Secretary Treasurer Mike Rubel
TWU Local 512 Vice President Mike Szwed
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira
New Officers of TWU local 512 Sworn in
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