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American Airlines Is More Focused On Litigation, Not Negotiating the Contract Our Members Deserve

May 30, 2019

As was said earlier, our negotiations with American are not only important for our members, but for the whole airline industry. The Company is currently near the top of their outsourcing of work maximums established through bankruptcy. Our fight on SCOPE is simple, we are fighting for our members’ seniority to improve because of the merger, not be reduced to less than that of a vendor or foreign worker. American Airlines continues to cross the line and has again failed in its effort to deflect from negotiating at the bargaining table by negotiating directly with the Association membership. We are proud of our members resolve in telling the Company “negotiate at the bargaining table, not in our breakrooms!”

Below you will find the previously exchanged proposals for Fleet Service on RECOGNITION & SCOPE and CLASSIFICATIONS & QUALIFICATION. In addition, you will find the M&R SCOPE previously exchanged between the Association and American. Our commitment remains to negotiate the best pay, work rules, and benefits for all Association members. What members will now have are the “actual proposals” made at the bargaining table, not the “Company’s working documents” of what they want to present to Association members as “their proposals.” The Association has designed proposals that we believe provide our members with the Company’s promised “industry’s best agreements.” We know that some portions of these original proposals would have forced the Company into hiring more members than maybe they wanted, but as the world’s largest airline, it seemed to the Association that this fell in line with their promise of doing the right thing for their workers. Alternatively, you will see that the Company has not moved off of their onerous demands to “Offshore and Outsource” thousands of our members’ jobs, while Robert Isom freely admits their plan is to grow and further prosper. In fact, the Company does continue to grow and prosper.

In an effort to complete negotiations, since our initial proposals below, the Association has made proposals that are less robust than those initial proposals. However, we are not willing to bring the membership to a vote on a contract that allows American Airlines, a Company making billions of dollars annually, to destroy our member’s seniority, work rules, and benefits to less than what they have already taken through bankruptcy.

American Airlines Unions Stand Strong, Association Thanks Union Affiliates for Their Support

On behalf of the TWU-IAM Association, we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), The Allied Pilots Association (APA) and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) for their letters of support in our contract negotiations fight with American Airlines.

Our negotiations with American are not only important for our members, but for the whole airline industry. The Pilots’, Flight Attendants’ and Teamsters' words of encouragement and solidarity will go a long way in helping us win this battle against corporate greed.

The Association Asks NMB to Force American to Bargain

May 22, 2019

Brothers and Sisters,

The TWU-IAM Association today submitted a letter to the National Mediation Board (NMB) requesting they compel American Airlines to fulfill their obligation to bargain with The Association. 

American management has tried to circumvent your negotiating committee by filing a lawsuit, misrepresenting the facts to Congress and trying to negotiate directly with employees. All these standard union-busting tactics do is divert resources from the only place negotiations can be resolved – the bargaining table. Every day American spends away from the negotiating table is another day you will have to wait for the contract you deserve.

Your Association negotiators remain ready to continue negotiations at any time, with or without the National Mediation Board. All we need is American Airlines to be willing to send people to negotiations with the authority to complete a deal.  

Fraternally,

Your Association Negotiating Committee

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ASSOCIATION SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

American management recently distributed incomplete and misleading negotiating documents to its employees. Don’t be fooled by their union-busting tactics. 

Click on the links below partitioned into sections for easier viewing to see the real state of negotiations between American Airlines and the TWU-IAM Association. 

Then tell the company to get back to the table and finish the job.

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American, AGAIN, Shows Their Unwillingness to Negotiate an Agreement – NMB Fails with its Strategy

April 26, 2019

Brothers and Sisters, 

The Association leadership met with American Airlines’ negotiators and Federal Mediators this week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Mediator’s unorthodox approach to these negotiations failed to provide adequate space for the parties to face-off in the critical high stakes final issues to be resolved. The recent sessions were short three-day bursts that started late in the mornings and did not proceed into the evenings. The Mediators kept the negotiators in separate rooms instead of creating an environment that forced the negotiators to face each other to reach an agreement or stalemate. An arbitrary deadline was set (without agreement from the Association) that resulted in this session to be the last 3 days the NMB have scheduled for the parties to meet.

The company took advantage of this strategy (that undermines the process and favors the company) by continuing with their greed driven tactics and proposals. Company management is unwilling to acknowledge the workforce, whose sacrifices have created the world’s largest airline that makes Billions in profits.

Given the company’s unwillingness to move away from demanding massive concessions from our members, the Mediators have informed us that they will report to their superiors at the National Mediation Board (NMB) that they do not see a clear path to reaching an agreement. This process will take a number of weeks. It will be up to the NMB to determine the next step(s) in this process as outlined under the Railway Labor Act.

Since the beginning of these negotiations, company negotiators have continued to hold steadfast in their opening positions of massive concessions in SCOPE, failed to move off their substandard health and retirement positions and will not negotiate to secure best in the industry compensation. What they have focused on is continuing to spin their half-truths on Jetnet.

We are certain that the company will be lobbying the NMB to recommend a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) since they cannot get the concessions they want from your negotiators. The recommendations from a PEB could favor the company. We must be prepared to reject those recommendations.  

It is time for every Association represented member to clearly and unambiguously let the company know you will not accept another concessionary agreement. Your Association leadership has let the Company know that they are in for a fight. All of us must accept the fact this fight is truly on and it does personally affect each of us from this day forward.

Our collective success is up to you.

Fraternally, 

Your Association Negotiating Committees

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