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Air Local 512
September 30, 2022
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act, supported by Congressman Peter DeFazio and several other representatives. When the bill becomes law, it will return thousands of Union jobs to the U.S. and close the loopholes for airlines that move maintenance out of the country. Once the bill is passed and becomes law, it will address five regulatory gaps that allow substandard offshore safety: Drug and alcohol testing, background checks for maintenance workers, Security threat assessments for these facilities, inspections, and minimum qualifications for mechanics. “This is a huge victory for the TWU, the labor movement, and all air travelers,” said TWU International President John Samuelson. The Transport Workers Union of America has been fighting to end offshoring aircraft repair and overhaul.
It seems to be continued confusion with the final distribution from the AMR bankruptcy. We got two distributions: one in shares and the other in cash, both the Company and the IRS consider these distributions as earned income, and the shares were used to pay the taxes for the first portion. In the cash portion, taxes were also paid, and anything left over was sent as a check via mail. Details can be found on Computershare under Orders and Transactions. If you have any additional questions, please visit us at the field office.
Due to the Union’s determination and the help of our members, we were able to get changes in the CDA SIDA badging K19 office. We are happy to report that the SIDA badge process has dramatically improved. Thank you for all your help.
We are in our final preparations for the annual benefits enrollment for 2023. Benefit assistance will be at the field office, and Cargo days and hours will be posted soon.
The Holiday bonus arbitration case is scheduled to be heard on December 1, 2022. The Company excluded members on FMLA, OJI, and Military Leave with the $1000 Holiday bonus. Also, M&R Aircraft movement arbitration is scheduled for February 22, 2022. As reported last week, additional days were added in December for the Sick Policy arbitration case.
In our monthly efficiency meeting with ORD Vice President and his management team, they gave us the overall outlook for the winter operations. Revenue continues to look good for the end of the year. But December flights will shrink to balance themselves to run a smoother operation. They will also have another hiring event on October 11, 2022. Additionally, due to a reduced schedule on Thanksgiving, the Company will post a volunteer list for any member wanting the day off.
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.