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Air Local 512
August 7, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We need your help on urging your elected representatives in Congress to support an extension of the Payroll Support Program. Your voice will help extend the CARES ACT (PSP). The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic has been devastating to our industry with no end in sight. The Company has set a target date of October 1, 2020, to commence furloughing our members. They have offered early-outs and extend leave, but will it be enough to help mitigate furloughs in October?
Anyone interested in any of the Voluntary leaves or early-out programs, they have been extended till August 12, 2020. You can find all the information on Jetnet. Due to a system change, HR Services and the Pension website will be unavailable through Sunday, August 9, 2020.
Governor Pritzer of Illinois has issued rules to penalize businesses that don't enforce mask requirements with fines up to $2,500. We are required to wear masks at the airport and riding on the bus to and from the terminal. Please be mindful when riding the employee bus with not standing over someone who is seated and wear your mask during the ride. If you're sick, stay home and continue to wash your hands after every task. We ask everyone to adhere to six feet distancing and avoid socializing throughout the airport.
Two weeks ago, we did have a member who tested positive, lucky enough, this person had his mask on, and we avoided any secondary infections. American has updated its Return to Work Policy due to the new guidance from the CDC. No changes to the 14-day pandemic leave, please contact the Local if management is telling you differently.
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, the Company has initiated a read and sign declaration. You acknowledge that you are aware of the symptoms, and it will be required to read and sign every thirty days. The temperature reads will continue and are administered by the CWA
We will set up more dates for those who need more information about the WARN letters sent out by the Company regarding furloughs.
In our weekly meeting with management, we discussed the Company providing holsters or belt clips for ROVRS due to a rash of crack screens because of daily use or accidentally being dropped. We were also informed that Cargo Only flights would return to ORD with a Wednesday and Friday to NRT. The Bus Shuttle continues to have an issue with leaving early from the terminal and leaving people behind, it was addressed with the Company, and they will discuss with Aires. I will be on vacation next week, and will only send out an update if any critical needs to be addressed.
Our Safety team continues with their observations on the cleaning vendors. If you have any issues with your work area not correctly clean, please contact our safety team with your 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.