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The National Mediation Board dismissed the Aircraft Mechanic Fraternal Association’s (AMFA) application to conduct a representation election among mechanic and related workers at American Airlines. Last November the AMFA claimed a “representation dispute” existed among American Airlines mechanic and related workers in a filing at the NMB and that they had a majority of the necessary representational cards signed to call for an election. AMFA failed to have enough cards for a showing of interest and has failed in their raid of the maintenance and related membership.

“Once again AMFA’s divisive strategy of preying on the frustrations of our aircraft mechanic and maintenance related workers at American has failed. While we were in a vicious contract battle with American, AMFA organizers were selling snake oil to our members saying that we could not win our fight in delivering the industry’s best contract. But we did just that proving AMFA dead wrong. At the carriers AMFA represents, they continually fail in stopping the outsourcing of aircraft maintenance work” said TWU International Vice President and Air Division Director Gary Peterson.

IAM District 142 President Directing General Chair Dave Supplee added, “It’s time for us to focus on building upon the unity and solidarity that led our negotiating team to the industry leading contract that our maintenance and related members enjoy today. We see that AMFA has failed to deliver for years, just look at their dismal representation record after their raids at both Northwest and United. They made promises to members who voted for AMFA, and it cost too many of those workers their jobs. Look at AMFAs negotiations at Southwest, where after 7 years of negotiating they seemingly gained their members little more than back wages.”

The TWU- IAM Association is the largest union at American Airlines, representing over 30,000 groundworkers at the largest airline in the world.

In solidarity,

American Airlines Announces Furloughs

August 27, 2020

As you all know American has announced that, barring intervention from Congress, it intends to begin furloughs October 1st. Your Association leadership was only provided with the reduction information late last night.  We have met with the company on this issue, and we continue to work to limit the impact on our members as much as possible. 

The Company will issue all furlough letters to the affected members through their AA email address starting Thursday August 27th with instructions on how to select their options.  It is critical that you click SUBMIT/SAVE before you exit the selection process to ensure the selections are saved. If you hold seniority in another classification and elect to exercise your seniority in that lower classification to remain at your location, please make sure you select that classification as well. It will not pop up on the screen. You will need to select it from the drop-down menu.The company will then process and award your selections, based on Article 12 of the CBA, between September 3rdthrough September 9th. The Company will notify everyone affected by September 14, 2020. Employees affected by subsequent bumping will be notified by the Company, and subsequent bumping will be accomplished per Article 12 of the CBA. The Company has indicated this entire process will be completed, with all those who have been affected notified of the results, by September 30, 2020 in order for the furloughs to be effective on October 1, 2020. 

Your Association leadership is also objecting to the company’s intent to furlough members while at the same time bringing in vendors to replace our members.  In addition, we are objecting to the continued outsourcing of work, not only domestically, but also internationally, where American citizens will be on the street while the company continues to outsource that work to foreign workers, something CEO Robert Isom said he would not do!

It is important to make sure that those members who elect furlough, in lieu of exercising their seniority rights, consistently ensure that their contact information is and continues to be up to date, because you have lifetime recall rights.  That same contact information is also the only information that would be used to notify you of a recall, and if it is not up to date, you might lose your recall rights. If you do get furloughed and then relocate, please remember to update your contact information with both the company and the Union to preserve and protect your recall rights.

The Company has given us the indication that if extension of the CARES Act #PayrollSupportProtection approved and in effect by October 1, 2020 that the announced furlough process would not move forward. Given the importance of this #PayrollSupportProtection extension, we encourage each and every one within this Association membership, as well as their families, friends and acquaintances, to contact their US Representatives and stress the importance of this #PayrollSupportProtection extension.

This is your opportunity to make a difference, and protect your jobs and your coworkers jobs!

For the IAM Members, Please click here to alert your local representative in Congress.

For the TWU Members, Please click here, or retweet calls to action when you click here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your local representatives.

Fraternally,

Your Representation Committee

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American Airlines to Offer Revised Leaves of Absence and Voluntary Early Outs

July 15, 2020

American Airlines will announce today that they are offering ‘enhanced’ Leaves of Absence and Early Outs to Association members. Association leadership discussed these revised offers and made several suggestions that would make them more attractive to our members. Most of the suggestions were not taken.

We advise all of our membership to consider these offers carefully. Each person must weigh the costs and benefits that accepting any of the offers would have on their unique situation. The Company will communicate the offers and provide information relative to them. Questions about the leaves and early-outs should be directed to management. Questions about the contracts should be directed to your union representatives.

In these unprecedented times, we urge all of our members to be safe. We also remind everyone that our solidarity is our greatest asset in both good and turbulent times.

The Association Leadership Team

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