What's New Video Weekly Updates?
Air Local 512
January 15, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Governor of Illinois announced that they would move to Phase 1B of Vaccinations, and it will center on residents age 65 years and older. It will then move to "Frontline essential workers and so on. The Company is planning to have the vaccine available here at ORD as soon as next month and other hub airports after that. Please continue to wear your mandated facemask; it's not only for your protection but for your fellow brothers and sisters who work with you. Wash your hands after every task or use hand sanitizer. We had one member and another person who tested positive this week, and the areas were deep clean, and the Company started tracings.
There have been back and forth discussions this week regarding the Payroll Support Program guidelines with the procedures and language of our JCBA. The Company's first communication was to recall only a portion of our members from part-time to full-time (107) and (20) part-time in ORD. With your Union's due diligence, the Company agreed to recall every member affected by the Force Majeure. There are many moving parts, and as we work through getting everyone back, we like to thank you for your patience.
Anyone who is continuing with their TWU Hartford LTD and not the Association's sponsored TWU-IAM LTD will need to do a direct deposit transition as soon as possible. Please see Amy at the Grievance field office or sign in at the TWUAAUNIONBENEFTS.COM. It would be best if you did this before your policy lapses. If you have any further questions, please call the hall or visit the field office in room 100.
Benefits update, please verify your pay statements to ensure that there is a deduction for medical benefits. If you see no deductions, you can visit my.aa.com, complete an appeal form for administrated issues, and submit it immediately. Any member who took the first VEOP in April of 2020 must request a pension kit on March 01, 2021, to commence pension on May 01, 2021. The Local will be available to assist members in completing the pension package.
The 401K contributions can be seen on your 01/15 paycheck, and all TWU members will receive the 5% non-elective company contribution and up to a 4% company match.
Other items, front terminal parking, will continue through February with parking privileges for lots B, C, and primary parking garage levels 2-6. We are very thankful that the Local was able to work it out with the Company. After January 15. 2021, the new fleet crew chief test will go live, and anyone bidding on a CC Vacancy will need to be in the qualifying pool.
Crew Chief Control positions arbitration is moving forward, and the dates have been adjusted to accommodate testimony from our top two negotiators during JCBA sessions. We also have our first Grievance Review Board session on January 25, 2021. The GRB is part of the new JCBA Grievance process. If the Local cannot find any resolution, then it's free to move to arbitration.
Applications are now being accepted for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer fifteen (15) college-bound dependents of TWU members a scholarship worth $4800.00. Each year, this scholarship will be paid out for $1200.00 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four (4) year course. Please see the attachment for the official application.
Safety Update, please do not wear any type of apple earbuds during work under your headset. It may interfere with communicating with your fellow co-workers.
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.