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Negotiations Update for September 30, 2016
Posted On: Oct 01, 2016
Sisters and Brothers,
The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of September 26 in DFW. Updates from both committees are below.
Hours of Service M&R & MLS – We continue to work on this article and are moving closer to an agreement.
Rebids- M&R & MLS – We reached a tentative agreement on this section of the Hours of Service article. The tentatively agreed to language includes three specific calendar rebids, which will provide stability for our membership.
Ten hour shifts – We passed a proposal to the company about implementation and removal of ten hour shifts and are down to a single issue.
Overtime – M&R – We exchanged proposals again on this article. We have narrowed it down to a few issues. In this session we had contentious debate on the outstanding issues, and we remain steadfast in our positions on NO mandatory overtime, limiting job continuation and pay for overtime bypass. We are also working through the overtime distribution procedures; i.e., how the overtime will be called.
Vacation – M&R & MLS – We are still waiting on the company to respond to our proposal.
Vacation – MCT – We have not received a counter proposal from the company on this article.
Holidays – M&R, MLS, and MTS & MCT – We have narrowed this article down to how much we will be paid on a holiday. We did not receive a proposal from the company this week.
Limited Duty – M&R, MLS, MCT & MTS – We received a counter proposal from the company this week in response to our original pass and are preparing our response.
Safety & Health
Leaves of Absence
Part Time Employees/Eliminated
Absence from Duty
No strike / No Lockout
Fitness for Duty
Recognition of Rights
System Board of
Termination of Employment/Eliminated
Field Trip/Travel Pay
Shift Swaps (Change of Shift)
Training: M&R MCT MLS
Shift Swap MCT
As an Association, the M&R/MLS negotiating committees will continue to stand with our Fleet Service brothers and sisters as they work through their differences with the company concerning the implementation of cross utilization.
Upcoming negotiating sessions:
Week of Oct. 17: ORD
Week of Nov. 14: DFW
Week of Oct. 24: DFW
Week of Dec. 5: DCA
Week Nov. 7: LAS
Week of Dec. 12: LAS
We have also reached agreement on the outstanding issues arising from the interim agreement concerning: MOC rates of pay, Stores rates of pay and TWU Flex Rates. In addition, those members who would have reached top of scale (TOS) on or before November 4, 2016 will also be adjusted to TOS in the near future.
Resolving these issues would not have been possible without the solidarity of the membership and the Association’s Negotiating Committee. Thank you for your continued solidarity and support as we move forward in securing an industry leading contract.
Fleet Service Update
In last week’s communication, we stated the Association was shown the company’s presentation on its cross utilization scheme that violates our collective bargaining agreements and the interim wage adjustment agreements. This is a blatant attack by the company to prematurely impose synergies that can only come from a new joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA). While our JCBA bargaining can be frustrating and sometimes confrontational, this tactic used by the company is disrespectful, dishonest and undermines the entire process.
At the company’s request, your committee met this week in Dallas/Fort Worth to continue the dialogue. The company informed us that they will present their cross utilization plans that includes crews comprised of a mix of legacy US Airways and American employees to management at the 13 co-locations: ATL, BOS, DCA, DFW, LAS, LAX, LGA, MCO, MIA, ORD, PHX, SFO, and TPA. We made it abundantly clear to the company that this action cannot be implemented without a joint collective bargaining agreement.
The committee continued to draft and finalize our proposals on the open articles, in addition to the cross utilization meetings. This week we informed the company that we will not have any further proposal exchanges until the cross utilization issue is resolved.
Your committee remains focused and ready to negotiate, while the company uses every tactic possible to stall the process. No decisions can be reached without one or two of them consulting with the true decision makers at headquarters. In fact, the Association has the personnel in place at negotiations to reach an agreement. American does not.
Your support is critical to the successful outcome of these negotiations and is greatly appreciated. As an Association, in solidarity, we must remain unified in this endeavor.