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American/US Airways Weekly Update

May 3, 2016 Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Within this update, please find a letter to all CWA-IBT Association American Airlines Passenger Service Employees regarding the merger of the legacy US Airways and legacy American Airlines seniority lists, as well as the legacy US Airways and legacy American Airlines Letter of Agreement and the preliminary integrated seniority list.

In solidarity,

Ron Collins

CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Chair

October 22, 2015 Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

You may review the full text of the Tentative Agreement between the CWA-IBT Association of Passenger Service Employees and American Airlines by clicking on this link.

We are working on a schedule of Explanation Meetings and will announce the dates and locations as soon as they are finalized.

In the next week or so, BallotPoint, the independent organization conducting the ratification vote, will mail a package to all eligible voters including a summary of the Tentative Agreement, voting instructions, and a PIN for use in online or telephone voting.

In unity,

Ron Collins

September 30, 2015 Update

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Last night, our Bargaining Committee for the Association of Passenger Service Employees at American Airlines-CWA/IBT reached a tentative agreement with American Airlines. This is an industry-leading agreement that makes major improvements in the wages and benefits of thousands of Passenger Service Employees at the new American Airlines.

We could not have reached this agreement without the support of our local union leaders, mobilization team members, and every member who supported the organizing and mobilization efforts over the past several months and even years. In particular, the mobilization activity in the last few days made a huge difference at the table and demonstrated the power of our unity.

In the coming weeks, we will schedule contract explanation meetings at some locations, where our bargaining team members will present the tentative agreement and answer your questions. We will also post a video of the contract explanation. In the meantime, the following is a summary of the agreement and the ratification process.

Wages

Passenger Service Employees will see an immediate wage increase to equal New Delta plus 3% and an additional 9% wage increase over the life of the 5-year agreement. There will be a 2% increase on the first and second anniversaries and 2.5% on the third and fourth anniversaries. View the wage schedule by clicking here.

Shift premiums will be increased to industry-leading rates.

Profit sharing will remain in place for LUS agents in 2015. It will no longer be in place from 2016 on, but will be reflected in higher base wages, which provide security and predictability for employees.

Job Security

There will be NO FURLOUGH during the life of the agreement.

The company will eliminate ALL of the RED-COAT CONTRACTORS at the ticket counters throughout the current American Airlines system.

The company was determined to outsource stations with five or fewer mainline flights per day. We were able to save all of those stations thanks in large part to member mobilization. Under the tentative agreement, all Passenger Service Employees on payroll on the date of signing will not have their jobs outsourced.

We agreed that the company has the option to outsource the work of UMs, Wheelchair, AA.com, AA Adv, CBRO, DC Desk, Social Media, transporting bags/articles to fleet service, and all curbside check-in work.

Additionally, the company also has the option to outsource BSO. However, there will be no station reduction as a direct result of the outsourcing and all members’ jobs are protected.

The company will insource the work associated with booking and selling vacations until either twelve months from ratification of the contract or March 1, 2017, whichever is later.

The company will insource jobs at stations with more than 5 daily mainline departures.

Other

All Passenger Service Employees will have twelve sick days per year.

The grievance procedure is an improvement from the US Airways contract. There will be a quarterly meeting to resolve grievances with the ability to escalate cases to arbitration for quarterly hearings with resolution that day, which in essence creates an expedited process.

Home-Based Representatives will receive the same benefits as other Passenger Service Employees, including vacations, sick time, and holidays. And their pay will be increased dramatically.

The company will match dollar for dollar employees’ first 5.5% contribution to the 401K plan.

Health Insurance

Because it is too late to participate in open enrollment for a new health insurance plan, we agreed to leave all plans as is for now. We will present a health care proposal to the company by June 2016 and attempt to negotiate a new plan, which would take effect no sooner than January 2017. For now, all agents’ health insurance will remain status quo.

Ratification

All LUS members in good standing and LAA Passenger Service Employees who have completed a membership form by October 1, 2015, will be eligible to vote on the tentative agreement. After we have completed the agreement explanation process described above, we will mail a summary of the agreement and voting instructions to all eligible voters, who will then use a PIN code to vote online.

Thanks to all the members who stood together throughout this fight for an industry-leading contract for every agent at the new American Airlines. Your solidarity kept the bargaining team going through nine long months of negotiations. We are extremely grateful for your support and inspired by your commitment to each other and to the fight for a voice on the job.

Solidarity,

Ron Collins

CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Chair

September 25, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met last week, September 21st thru September 25th. We signed tentative agreements on Article 19 Holidays and Article 20 Vacations.

The rest of the week was spent in discussions on the Delta wages and Scope.  Scope Article 3 in our contract provides protection for exclusive work, as well as the work that a vendor could perform, identifies how Class I and II Cities are determined, and how a change in classification is achieved. The Company changed directions in their discussions regarding scope going backwards in the ability to reach an agreement which would protect our work and stations that are represented.

Our American brothers and sisters overwhelmingly voted for the union in large part because the company arbitrarily outsourced several thousand jobs and offered a minimal percentage pay increase for some of the remaining passenger service employees, and taking away benefits and pay from many of our remaining members. Our US Airways brothers and sisters refused to entertain an interim agreement that allowed the company to outsource our jobs and work side by side with vendors.  

The company has made a stand that they are interested in eliminating jobs of our members and we know our Union will not stand for this.

This is a very critical time in bargaining, we need every member to mobilize.

S.O.S. ---- SAVE OUR SCOPE

Article   1 – Purpose of Agreement.....TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement……In Progress

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope….In Progress

Article   4 – Classifications……In Progress

Article   5 – Hours of Service.....TA July 15, 2015

Article   6 – Overtime - Customer Service….In Progress

Article   7 – Overtime - Reservations....TA July 1, 2015

Article   8 – Seniority***.....TA March 19, 2015

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies….In Progress

Article 10 – Temporary Employees....TA July 30, 2015

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer.....TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force....TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough....TA March 31, 2015

Article 14 – Recall....TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits....TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations....TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence....TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave….TA September 8, 2015

Article 19 – Holidays….TA September 21, 2015

Article 20 – Vacations….TA September 22, 2015

Article 21 – Limited Duty....TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation....TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms....TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums….In Progress

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure....TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration....TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance….In Progress

Article 28 – Pension…..In Progress

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem....TA May 5, 2015

Article 30 – Safety and Health....TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees....TA August 12, 2015                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring......TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership.....TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous….TA September 8, 2015

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement.....TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation…..In Progress

Article 37 – Duration....In Progress

Seniority Fence Agreement…..In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement.....TA February 11, 2015

September 15, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met last week on September 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th. On Tuesday, September 8th the Union Committee gave counter proposals for Article 3 Recognition, Scope and Article 4 Groups/ Classification, Article 18 Sick Time and Article 24 Shift Differentials. The Company presented a counter proposal on Article 19 Holidays, and Article 20 Vacations. The Union and the Company agreed to Article 18 Sick Time and Article 34 General and Miscellaneous. Wednesday, September 9th was spent in unofficial discussions on the remaining articles of the contract .On Thursday, September 10th the Union gave counter proposals on Article 19 Holidays, and Article 20 Vacations. On Friday the Company gave counter proposals on Article 19 Holidays and on Article 20 Vacations. The Union Committee is meeting this week to work on the remaining proposals. We have two more bargaining sessions scheduled September 21st thru the 25th, and September 28th thru October 1st. We are at the hardest most complex part of the contract still working on job protection language and economics which includes wages and health insurance. We need to stay United to reach a fair Agreement.

UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL!!

MOBILIZE! MOBILIZE! MOBILIZE!

Article   1 – Purpose of Agreement.....TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement……In Progress

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope….In Progress

Article   4 – Classifications……In Progress

Article   5 – Hours of Service.....TA July 15, 2015

Article   6 – Overtime - Customer Service….In Progress

Article   7 – Overtime - Reservations....TA July 1, 2015

Article   8 – Seniority***.....TA March 19, 2015

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies….In Progress

Article 10 – Temporary Employees....TA July 30, 2015

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer.....TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force....TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough....TA March 31, 2015

Article 14 – Recall....TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits....TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations....TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence....TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave….TA September 8, 2015

Article 19 – Holidays….In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations….In Progress

Article 21 – Limited Duty....TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation....TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms....TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums….In Progress

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure....TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration....TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance….In Progress

Article 28 – Pension…..In Progress

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem....TA May 5, 2015

Article 30 – Safety and Health....TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees....TA August 12, 2015                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring......TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership.....TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous….TA September 8, 2015

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement.....TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation…..In Progress

Article 37 – Duration....In Progress

Seniority Fence Agreement…..In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement.....TA February 11, 2015

August 14, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met last week on August 11th, August 12th and August 13th.  On Tuesday August 11 the Union presented a counter to the Company’s counter proposal on Article 9 Filling of Vacancies and a counter to Article 31 Part –Time Employees. Later in the afternoon the company presented their counter proposal on Article 9 Filling of Vacancies.  On Tuesday Morning August 12th the Union passed our counter proposal for Article 9 Filling of Vacancies. The Company gave the Union their Counter proposal on Article 31 Part-Time Employees.   In the afternoon the Company gave the Union their counter proposal on Article 9 Filling of Vacancies. The Union and the Company reached a tentative agreement on Article 31 Part Time Employees. On Wednesday August 14th, The Company presented their counter on Article 4, Groups/Classifications. The Union presented our counter on Article 9 Filling of Vacancies. There was a discussion of the Company’s progress with PSS and the need for limited overtime on October 17th and the next week. The Company feels that every effort has been made to make sure the actual integration is successful and should not cause a problem to customers or agents. We have added dates to bargaining so the next session will now begin on August 24th thru August 28th. Four scheduled session are left.

UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL!!

MOBILIZE! MOBILIZE! MOBILIZE!

Article   1 – Purpose of Agreement.....TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement……In Progress

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope….In Progress

Article   4 – Classifications……In Progress

Article   5 – Hours of Service.....TA July 15, 2015

Article   6 – Overtime - Customer Service….In Progress

Article   7 – Overtime - Reservations....TA July 1, 2015

Article   8 – Seniority***.....TA March 19, 2015

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies….In Progress

Article 10 – Temporary Employees....TA July 30, 2015

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer.....TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force....TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough....TA March 31, 2015

Article 14 – Recall....TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits....TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations....TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence....TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave….In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays….In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations….In Progress

Article 21 – Limited Duty....TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation....TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms....TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums….In Progress

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure....TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration....TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance….In Progress

Article 28 – Pension…..In Progress

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem....TA May 5, 2015

Article 30 – Safety and Health....TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees....TA August 12, 2015                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring......TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership.....TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous….In Progress

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement.....TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation…..In Progress

Article 37 – Duration....In Progress

Seniority Fence Agreement…..In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement.....TA February 11, 2015

July 31, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met last week on July 28th, 29th & 30th.  On Tuesday, July 28th the Union presented a counter to the Company’s proposal on Article 6- Customer Service Overtime, Article 9- Filling of Vacancies and Article 34- General and Miscellaneous. The Union committee worked on the seniority integration proposal. On Wednesday July 29 th the Company presented a counter to the Union Article 34- General and Miscellaneous and Article 6- Customer Service Overtime. The Union passed a proposal for a Seniority Integration Agreement.  In the afternoon the Company countered the Union proposal on Article 9- Filling of vacancies and Article 34- General and Miscellaneous. On Thursday the Union presented Article 10- Temporary Employees and a counter to Article 34- General and Miscellaneous. The Company passed a counter Union Article 10- Temporary Employees. The Company and the Union then reached a tentative agreement on article 10- Temporary Employees. The Company and the Union are far apart on Customer Service Overtime but are very close on the General and Miscellaneous article.  The Committee stayed late on Thursday and into Friday to continue work on proposals for the company during our next meeting.

On Monday July 28th representatives of the CWA and Teamsters attended the quarterly meeting with Doug Parker and pre-meeting with the Vice Presidents. The representatives also met with representatives of the APFA, flight attendant association. Doug Parker gave an overview of the financial position of the company. He compared the company with the other top carriers such as United and Delta. He believes American is in a better position than either airline. He attributes the increased profitability of American to the decreased fuel costs. In the Parker meeting we brought up concerns that many of our members have from conversations and actions by the Company regarding the possibility of not having a contract by PSS in October. We told him we wanted to have a contract by October however our position is that the contract we have now will still be in place if we don’t have a new agreement by that time. He and Paul Jones (Senior Vice President and General Counsel), agreed our contract would still be in effect and they intended to honor it.

Our next bargaining sessions are August 11th thru August 13th, however, the Committee will be working on August 10th and August 14th as well, in order to go over proposals to give the Company.

Stand United Wear Your Pin!

Bargaining Status Chart as of July 30, 2015
(*Separate from “Integration” Seniority)

Article   1 – Purpose of Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement…In Progress

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope…In Progress

Article   4 – Classifications…In Progress

Article   5 – Hours of Service…TA July 15, 2015

Article   6 – Overtime - Customer Service…In Progress

Article   7 – Overtime - Reservations…TA July 1, 2015

Article   8 – Seniority*** …TA March 19, 2015

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies…In Progress

Article 10Temporary Employees…TA July 30, 2015

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer…TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force…TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough…TA March 31, 2015 

Article 14 – Recall…TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits…TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations…TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence…TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave…In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays…In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations…In Progress

Article 21 – Limited Duty…TA January 15, 2015 

Article 22 – Probation…TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms…TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums…In Progress

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure…TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration…TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance…In Progress

Article 28 – Pension…In Progress

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem…TA May 5, 2015 

Article 30 – Safety and Health…TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees…In Progress                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring…TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership…TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous…In Progress

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation…In Progress

Article 37 – Duration…In Progress

Seniority Fence Agreement…In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement…TA February 11, 2015

July 15, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met this week on July 13th, 14th & 15th.  On Monday July 13th The Company presented a counter to the Union’s proposal on Article 6, Customer Service Overtime. The Union committee continued to work on Article 5 Hours of Service and Article 6, Customer Service Overtime. On Tuesday July 14th The Union presented a counter to the Company proposal on Article 5, Hours of Service.  The Union committee continued to work on Article 6, Customer Service Overtime. On Wednesday July 15th the Company met with the Association and agreed to the Union’s counter proposal on Article 5, Hours of Service, we have reached a tentative agreement on Article 5, hours of service. The Union presented a counter to the Company proposal on Article 6, Customer Service Overtime. The Company presented a counter proposal to our initial counter proposal. The joint bargaining session ended as the unions continue their work on article 6. 

Additionally, the Union agreed to a LOA that will allow Club Representatives on a voluntary basis to participate in AAdvantage Cash Program. Currently this promotion is also performed by Reservation Agents and Flight Attendants. The Union signed a LOA which will expand the duties currently performed by Club Representatives to allow them to better service high value customers at certain locations.  This will be reflected in the new contract. This will increase head count.  Anyone interested should check the job postings for details. 

In order to prepare for the next joint sessions, the Union bargaining committee continued the meeting that will adjourn Friday July, 17th. 

We have 6 bargaining sessions scheduled the next scheduled bargaining session is in Dallas the week of July 28th thru July 30th.  

Wear your pins to show your support!

Bargaining Status Chart as of July 16, 2015
(*Separate from “Integration” Seniority)

Article   1 – Purpose of Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement…In Progress

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope…In Progress

Article   4 – Classifications…In Progress

Article   5 – Hours of Service…TA July 15, 2015

Article   6 – Overtime - Customer Service…In Progress

Article   7 – Overtime - Reservations…TA July 1, 2015

Article   8 – Seniority*** …TA March 19, 2015

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies…In Progress

Article 10 – Temporary Employees…In Progress

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer…TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force…TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough…TA March 31, 2015 

Article 14 – Recall…TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits…TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations…TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence…TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave…In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays…In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations…In Progress

Article 21 – Limited Duty…TA January 15, 2015 

Article 22 – Probation…TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms…TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums…In Progress

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure…TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration…TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance…In Progress

Article 28 – Pension…In Progress

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem…TA May 5, 2015 

Article 30 – Safety and Health…TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees…In Progress                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring…TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership…TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous…In Progress

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation…In Progress

Article 37 – Duration…In Progress

Seniority Fence Agreement…In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement…TA February 11, 2015

July 2, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in Dallas last week on July 1st & 2nd.  On Wednesday July 1st   the Union and the Company signed a tentative agreement on Article 7 Overtime Reservations.  The Union and the Company exchanged proposals on Article 6 Overtime Customer Service.  The Company provided a comprehensive proposal that included proposals for Article 2 -Status of Agreement, Article 3 -Recognition and Scope, Article 4 -Classifications, Article 5 -Hours of Service, Article 9 -Filling of Vacancies, Article 10 -Temporary Employees, Article 18 -Sick Leave, Article 19 -Holidays, Article 20 -Vacations, Article 24- Shift Definitions and Premiums, Article 27 -Insurance, Article 28 -Pension, Article 31- Part-Time Employees, Article 34- General and Miscellaneous, Article 36 -Compensation, and  Article 37-Duration. 

On Thursday the Company met with the Association to give an overview of their proposal on Medical Insurance. The Association spent the rest of the day in causing to work on all the Articles that the Company provided.

We have 7 bargaining sessions scheduled. The next scheduled bargaining session is the week of July 13th thru July 15th.

We need every Local to participate in mobilization in order to have a good contract. The time is now to show your support for a fair contract.

Bargaining Status Chart as of July 2, 2015
(*Separate from “Integration” Seniority)

Article 1 – Purpose of Agreement...TA December 18, 2014

Article 2 – Status of Agreement

Article 3 – Recognition and Scope

Article 4 – Classifications…In Progress

Article 5 – Hours of Service…In Progress

Article 6 – Overtime - Customer Service…In Progress

Article 7 – Overtime - Reservations…TA July 1, 2015

Article 8 – Seniority***...TA March 19, 2015

Article 9 – Filling of Vacancies

Article 10 – Temporary Employees…In Progress

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer...TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force...TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough...TA March 31, 2015

Article 14 – Recall...TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits...TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations...TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence...TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave…In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays…In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations

Article 21 – Limited Duty...TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation...TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms...TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure...TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration...TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance

Article 28 – Pension

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem…TA May 5, 2015

Article 30 – Safety and Health...TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees…In Progress                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring...TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership...TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement...TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation

Article 37 – Duration

Seniority Fence Agreement…In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement...TA February 11, 2015

June 1, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met again in Dallas on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

On our first day together, the Company passed Article 5, Hours of Service.  We had detailed discussions regarding the proposed changes and are getting closer to a tentative agreement on this very important article which governs our scheduled work hours, breaks and shift trades. 

After meeting with the company, your bargaining team continued to work the rest of the day on a response to Article 7-Overtime-Reservations.

Tuesday, June 2, the Union presented their proposal on Overtime for Reservations, trying to improve the language on many items contained in this article, such as double time, mandatory overtime and breaks during overtime shifts. We used the surveys as a guide to determine the items that are high priority for the membership.

On Wednesday, the Union continued to work on Article 6-Overtime-Airports and had further discussions with the Company on the issues with Overtime at both LAA and LUS.  It was helpful to understand the goals for both sides and we feel we are very close to reaching agreement on both Overtime articles in our next bargaining session which is set up in Dallas again for the week of June 22.

May 6, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in Dallas this week on May 4, 5, and 6th.  On Monday, May 4th, the Union passed Article 5, Hours of Service, which covers our shift and break schedules, bidding and shift trade rules.  Later that day, the Company reviewed the IT issues they are dealing with that go along with merging the two Airlines. The Union was able to ask questions of the folks that actually are working on the IT transition to help us better understand the different systems being combined to handle things like payroll and scheduling used in the everyday operation of the Airline. We continued the day working on Article 29, Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem and passed our proposal on it that afternoon to the Company.

On Tuesday, May 5th in the morning, we met with the Company, they gave us Article 29, Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem back and we reached a tentative Agreement on it that day.  We continued to work until very late that evening on Article 6, Overtime-Customer Service.

On Wednesday morning, we met with the Company and passed them our changes to Article 6-Overtime-Customer Service and they passed back Article 5- Hours of Service and Article 18- Sick Leave.  We continued that day to prepare our proposal on Article 7-Overtime-Reservations to pass to the Company when we begin our next scheduled bargaining session in Dallas the week of May 10th.

Bargaining Status Chart as of May 6, 2015
(*Separate from “Integration” Seniority)

Article 1 – Purpose of Agreement...TA December 18, 2014

Article 2 – Status of Agreement

Article 3 – Recognition and Scope

Article 4 – Classifications…In Progress

Article 5 – Hours of Service…In Progress

Article 6 – Overtime - Customer Service…In Progress

Article 7 – Overtime - Reservations…In Progress

Article 8 – Seniority***...TA March 19, 2015

Article 9 – Filling of Vacancies

Article 10 – Temporary Employees…In Progress

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer...TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force...TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough...TA March 31, 2015

Article 14 – Recall...TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits...TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations...TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence...TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave…In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays…In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations

Article 21 – Limited Duty...TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation...TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms...TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure...TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration...TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance

Article 28 – Pension

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem…TA May 5, 2015

Article 30 – Safety and Health...TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees…In Progress                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring...TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership...TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement...TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation

Article 37 – Duration

Seniority Fence Agreement…In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement...TA February 11, 2015

April 22, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in Orange County, California this week on April 21, 22 and 23.  On Tuesday, April 21st, the Company passed Article 6-Overtime and Article 7-Reservations Overtime.  The Union reviewed their proposals and continued to work on counter proposals.   

On Wednesday, April 22nd, we met with the Company and gave them proposals on Article 29-Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem and Article 31- Part-Time Employees.  The Company gave us a counter proposal on Article 23- Uniforms.  We returned in the afternoon and were able to reach a tentative agreement on Article 23-Uniforms.  We are progressing in our negotiations and currently have 19 Tentative Agreements reached.  We ended the day working on proposals to give to the company.    

On Thursday, April 23rd, we met with the Company and gave them a proposal on Article 18- Sick Leave.  The Company gave us a counter proposal on Article 29-Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem.  We ended our session discussing counter proposals to present to the Company in our next session which is scheduled for the week of May 4th.

Bargaining Status Chart as of April 22, 2015
(*Separate from “Integration” Seniority)

Article 1 – Purpose of Agreement...TA December 18, 2014

Article 2 – Status of Agreement

Article 3 – Recognition and Scope

Article 4 – Classifications…In Progress

Article 5 – Hours of Service…In Progress

Article 6 – Overtime - Customer Service…In Progress

Article 7 – Overtime - Reservations…In Progress

Article 8 – Seniority***...TA March 19, 2015

Article 9 – Filling of Vacancies

Article 10 – Temporary Employees…In Progress

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer...TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force...TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough...TA March 31, 2015

Article 14 – Recall...TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits...TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations...TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence...TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave…In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays…In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations

Article 21 – Limited Duty...TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation...TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms...TA April 22, 2015

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure...TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration...TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance

Article 28 – Pension

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem…In Progress

Article 30 – Safety and Health...TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees…In Progress                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring...TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership...TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement...TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation

Article 37 – Duration

Seniority Fence Agreement…In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement...TA February 11, 2015

April 10, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in Dallas this week on April 7, April 8 and April 9.  On Tuesday, April 7 the Company passed Article 18-Sick Leave back to the Union for review.  They gave us data regarding sick calls at both LUS and LAA to review.  The Company acknowledged that this is one of the first Articles that has significant economic impact to it.  The Union asked many questions about the proposal before caucusing and continuing to work on counter proposals to give the Company.   

On Wednesday, April 8 the Association passed a counter proposal on Article 5-Hours of Service.  We advised the Company that this Article affects our members significantly and took our time explaining our proposal to them.  We ended the day continuing to work on our counter proposals for the Company and reviewing the data given to us the previous day.    

On Thursday, April 9 we had many questions and data requests for the Company in relation to the information we received regarding sick leave. We met with Company and was given a counter proposal for Article 5-Hours of Service.  We continued the dialogue about this article and had multiple questions regarding their proposal.  This is a very detailed article and the committee wanted to understand all of the proposal before we began to work on it. We ended the session working on counter proposals for the Company.  Our next session is scheduled for April 21, 22, 23 in Newport Beach, CA.

Bargaining Status Chart as of April 9, 2015
(*Separate from “Integration” Seniority)

Article   1 – Purpose of Agreement …TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope

Article   4 – Classifications …In Progress

Article   5 – Hours of Service …In Progress

Article   6 – Overtime - Customer Service …In Progress

Article   7 – Overtime - Reservations …In Progress

Article   8 – Seniority*…TA March 19, 2015

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies

Article 10 – Temporary Employees …In Progress

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer …TA March 19, 2015

Article 12 – Reductions in Force …TA April 1, 2015

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough …TA March 31, 2015

Article 14 – Recall …TA March 19, 2015

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits …TA March 31, 2015

Article 16 – Medical Examinations …TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence …TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave …In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays …In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations

Article 21 – Limited Duty …TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation …TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms …In Progress

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure …TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration …TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance

Article 28 – Pension

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal per Diem

Article 30 – Safety and Health …TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees                                                          

Article 32 – Call Monitoring …TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership  …TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement  …TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation

Article 37 – Duration

Seniority Fence Agreement …In Progress

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement  …TA February 11, 2015

April 3, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in Dallas this week on March 31, April 1 and April 2.  On Tuesday, March 31  the Union and the Company signed a tentative agreement on Article 13-Voluntary Furlough and Article 15- Furloughs.  The Union passed Article 12 Reductions in Force to the Company.  The Company passed Article 5 Hours of Service to the Association.  Part of the day was spent talking to the company regarding the overtime situation that occurred over the weekend in reservations and hundreds of grievances that were filed from Reservations and the Airports. 

On Wednesday, April 1  the Company passed the Association a counter proposal on Article 12 Reductions in Force. The Company and the Union reached a tentative agreement on Article 12 Reduction in Force. The Association reached an agreement on the confidentiality agreement which will allow us to get the additional information we requested on profit sharing.   

On Thursday, April 2  we met with the Company to ask questions regarding Article 5 Hours of Service to be able to understand the proposal made by the Company. This is a very complex and important Article so we will take our time to get the best agreement that we can. Bargaining is heating up over important articles. It is important that members get involved in mobilization to show the Company you are interested in a good contract.   Our next scheduled bargaining session is in Dallas the week of April 6.  

March 16, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in Dallas this week on March 10, 11 and 12.  On Tuesday, March 10th, the Union passed Article 4-Classifications. This article deals with all of the work done by each group at both American and US Airways. We ended the day working on additional proposals.  

On Wednesday, March 11th, we met with the Company and gave them proposals on Article 12-Reductions in Force, Article 13-Voluntary Furlough, Article 14-Recall and Article 15-Furlough Benefits. The Company gave us a response to Article 8-Seniority. We returned in the evening and received a counter proposal from the Company for Article 13-Voluntary Furlough, Article 14-Recall and Article 15-Furlough Benefits. We ended the day with the Committee giving the Company proposals on Article 6-Overtime and Article 7-Reservations Overtime.   

On Thursday, March 12th, we met with the Company and received a proposal on Article 12-Reductions in Force. We continued to work on counter proposals with the Committee for the rest of the day. Our next scheduled bargaining session is in Dallas the week of March 16th. 

Bargaining Status as of March 9, 2015

Article   1 – Purpose of Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope

Article   4 – Classifications…In Progress

Article   5 – Hours of Service….In Progress

Article   6 – Overtime – Customer Service…In Progress

Article   7 – Overtime- Reservations….In Progress

Article   8 – Seniority…In Progress

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies

Article 10 – Temporary Employees…In Progress

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer…In Progress

Article 12 – Reductions in Force…In Progress

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough…In Progress

Article 14 – Recall…In Progress

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits…In Progress

Article 16 – Medical Examinations…TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence…TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave…In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays…In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations

Article 21 – Limited Duty…TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation…TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms…In Progress

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure…TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration…TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance

Article 28 – Pension

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem

Article 30 – Safety and Health…TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees…In Progress

Article 32 – Call Monitoring…TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership…TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation

Article 37 – Duration

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement…TA February 11, 2015

March 6, 2015 Update

The hard work of our members at US Airways has paid off. The company reported $168 million to be shared among some of the employee groups. Employees at US Airways do not receive profit-sharing unless it was negotiated. The CWA-IBT Association has profit-sharing in our contract and will receive our share of the profit. Our US Airways members will split $22.11 million among themselves, based on their gross earnings for 2014. This is an approximate increase of 38% over last year’s pot. These checks will be distributed the week of March 9th. 

Your negotiating committee will be meeting with the company the next two weeks in Dallas to continue working on a contract that you can be proud to ratify.

In Solidarity,

Kimberly Barboro

Co-Chair of the CWA-IBT Passenger Service Association

Business Agent Teamsters Local 104

 

February 27th, 2015 Update

Your negotiating committee has been able to reach an agreement with the company to allow our members on furlough or displaced with recall to their previous location, to have a preferential hiring opportunity at the other carrier prior to hiring off the street.  This agreement will allow our members to be hired at their current pay step, and will not receive any loss in pay (except for an AA employee at the highest pay step will be placed at the highest pay step on the US pay scale).

Employees choosing to accept this offer will have medical benefits according to the airline in which they accept the offer.

Employees choosing to accept this offer will be classified as a new hire with the employing airline and must satisfy all probationary and training time. They will bid as a new hire until the seniority is combined, and at that time will retain all seniority at the combined carrier.

We were also able to get the American members the opportunity to have union representation in all grievance and discipline meetings.  We will be using the current American policy until a combined contract is ratified and all members are under one grievance procedure.

Click here to read a copy of the Letter of Agreement:

In Solidarity,

Kimberly Barboro

Co-Chair of the CWA-IBT Passenger Service Association

Business Agent Teamsters Local 104

 

February 19th, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in Charlotte last week on February 17, 18 and 19. On Tuesday, February 17, the Company passed the Committee a response to Article 10-Temporary Employees and Article 11-Seasonal Employee Transfer. The Committee gave the Company a proposal on Article 5-Hours of Service. The Committee spent the rest of the day going over the Company’s proposals and worked on responses.  

On Wednesday, February 18, we met with the Company and received counter proposals on Article 25-Grievance Procedure and Article 26-System Board of Arbitration. The Committee continued to discuss counter proposals for the Company. 

On Thursday, February 19, we met with the Company and gave them counter proposals on Article 26-System Board of Arbitration and Article 25-Grievance Procedure. The Company returned to the table and accepted our proposals and we were able to reach Tentative Agreements on both of those articles. We have reached 11 Tentative Agreements on contract articles and one agreement on the Preferential Hiring and Interim Grievance Procedure. We ended the session working as a committee on other proposals. Our next scheduled bargaining session is in Dallas the week of March 9th. 

Bargaining Status as of February 19, 2015

Article  1 – Purpose of Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article   2 – Status of Agreement

Article   3 – Recognition and Scope

Article   4 – Classifications

Article  5 – Hours of Service…In Progress

Article   6 – Overtime – Customer Service

Article   7 – Overtime – Reservations

Article  8 – Seniority…In Progress

Article   9 – Filling of Vacancies

Article 10 – Temporary Employees…In Progress

Article 11 – Seasonal Employee Transfer…In Progress

Article 12 – Reductions in Force

Article 13 – Voluntary Furlough

Article 14 – Recall

Article 15 – Furlough Benefits

Article 16 – Medical Examinations…TA January 21, 2015

Article 17 – Leaves of Absence…TA January 22, 2015

Article 18 – Sick Leave…In Progress

Article 19 – Holidays…In Progress

Article 20 – Vacations

Article 21 – Limited Duty…TA January 15, 2015

Article 22 – Probation…TA December 18, 2014

Article 23 – Uniforms…In Progress

Article 24 – Shift Definitions and Premiums

Article 25 – Grievance Procedure…TA February 19, 2015

Article 26 – System Board of Arbitration…TA February 19, 2015

Article 27 – Insurance

Article 28 – Pension

Article 29 – Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem

Article 30 – Safety and Health…TA January 14, 2015

Article 31 – Part-time Employees…In Progress

Article 32 – Call Monitoring…TA January 14, 2015

Article 33 – Union Security and Maintenance of Membership…TA December 18, 2014

Article 34 – General and Miscellaneous

Article 35 – Amendments to this Agreement…TA December 18, 2014

Article 36 – Compensation

Article 37 – Duration

Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement…TA February 11, 2015

February 12th, 2015 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Bargaining Committee met in DC this week on February 10, 11 and 12.  On Tuesday, February 10th, the Company passed the Committee a response to Article 25-Grievance Procedure, Article 26-System Board of Arbitration, Article 10-Temporary Employees, Article 11-Seasonal Employee Transfer and the Letter of Agreement for Preferential Hiring and Interim Grievance Procedure.  The Committee went over the Company’s Proposals and worked on responses.

On Wednesday, February 11th, we met with the Company and gave them a counter proposal for the Letter of Agreement for Preferential Hiring and Interim Grievance Procedure.  The committee returned in the afternoon and reached a Tentative Agreement for the Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement.  This is an important step in giving our members at both airlines the opportunity to return to the location they were furloughed from before the Company hires off the street, as well as gives the American Airlines members more involvement in the grievance process until a combined contract can be ratified.

On Thursday, February 12th, we met with the Company and gave them our counter proposals on Articles 10- Temporary Employment, Article 11- Seasonal Employee Transfer and Article 25- Grievance Procedure.  We ended the session working as a committee on other proposals.  Our next scheduled bargaining session is in Charlotte the week of February 16th

January 16th, 2015 Update

Our members at both airlines received good news to start the year.  The company made a record profit for 2014 and our members at US Airways will be the recipients of a larger profit sharing check than last year.  Our American Airlines members received their scheduled pay raise of 2.1% this month.  Doug Parker, the CEO, made an announcement to all employees over the holidays that he is going to offer an industry leading compensation package to all workgroups.  We are eager to hold him to his statement and get our members a strong, lucrative contract.

Your CWA/IBT Association Negotiating Committee met this month in Dallas, during the period of January 13, 14 and 15. 

On Tuesday, January 13th, we began the session by receiving counter proposals from the Company for Article 17-Leaves of Absence, Article 21-Limited Duty, Article 23-Uniforms, Article 30-Safety and Health, and Article 32-Call Monitoring.  The Union passed the Company proposals for Article 19-Holidays and Article 18-Sick Leave.  The Company passed a response to the Union’s proposal on an Interim Agreement that would give the American employees an interim grievance procedure and allow furloughed or displaced employees of both airlines an opportunity to work for the other carrier before hiring off the street. The Committee worked to put together counter proposals for the following day.

On Wednesday, January 14th, we met with the Company and gave them a counter proposal for Article 32-Call Monitoring.  The committee returned in the afternoon and gave the company a proposal on Article 30-Safety and Health.  The Company passed a response to our proposal on Article 32-Call Monitoring.    The Union passed the Company a counter proposal for Article 30-Safety and Health.  We ended the day by reaching a Tentative Agreement on Article 30- Safety and Health and Article 32-Call Monitoring. 

On Thursday, January 15th, we met with the Company and gave them our counter proposal on Article 21-Limited Duty and Article 23-Uniforms.  The company came back in the afternoon and agreed to our proposal on Article 21-Limited Duty and reached a Tentative Agreement.  We ended the session working on proposals for the next meeting.

Our next scheduled bargaining session is in Dallas on January 20, 21 and 22.

In Solidarity,

Kimberly Barboro

Co-Chair CWA-IBT Passenger Service Association

Business Agent Teamsters Local 104

 

December 15th, 2014 Update

Your CWA/IBT Association Negotiating Committee met this month in Dallas, during the period of December 17 and 18. 

On Wednesday, December 17, we met with the Company and advised them in an opening statement that we are excited to be at the table with a company that is doing so well financially.  We began the session by passing proposals to the company for Article 1-Purpose of Agreement, Article 8-Seniority, Article 11-Seasonal Employee Transfer, Article 16-Medical Examinations, Article 22-Probation, Article 26-System Board, Article 25-Grievance Procedure, Article 30-Health and Safety, Article 33-Union Security and Maintenance of Membership and Article 35-Amendments to this Agreement. The Company passed a response to Article 16-Medical Examinations and Article 30-Health and Safety. The Committee worked to put together counter proposals and submit new proposals for the following day.

On Thursday, December 18, we met with the company and gave them a counter proposal for Article 30-Health and Safety. We also gave the company proposals on Article 17-Leaves of Absence, Article 21-Limited Duty, Article 23-Uniforms, Article 31-Part-time Employees and Article 32-Call Monitoring. We also passed an Interim Agreement that would give the American employees an interim grievance procedure and allow furloughed or displaced employees of both airlines an opportunity to work for the other carrier before hiring off the street.  We ended the session by reaching a Tentative Agreement on Article 1- Purpose of Agreement, Article22-Probation, Article 33-Union Security and Maintenance of Membership and Article35-Amendments to this Agreement and set locations for the future bargaining dates.

Our next scheduled bargaining session is in Dallas on January 13, 14 and 15. 

In Solidarity,

Kimberly Barboro

Co-Chair CWA-IBT Passenger Service Association

Business Agent Teamsters Local 104

 

November 26th, 2014 Update

The company met with Andy Marshall and myself last week to announce that they are planning to discontinue the DMSC department in March of 2015 and have American non-bargaining agents handle the new frequent flyer program.

We advised the company that we believe this is a scope violation and have filed a staff level grievance. We will be pursuing this grievance to arbitration and will also be discussing this work in our upcoming negotiations with the company. We will keep you informed on the progress.

In Solidarity,

Kimberly Barboro

Co-Chair CWA-IBT Passenger Service Association

Business Agent Teamsters Local 104

 

November 19th, 2014 Update

The Teamsters Steering Committee, led by Andy Marshall, met on November 15,16,17 and 18, in Phoenix, Arizona. We compiled all of the surveys we received and we weren’t surprised to see that the issues from both US and AA members were very similar. We read all the surveys and are using the information to help guide us in writing proposals for our new contract. 

We were able to accomplish quite a bit in this session and will be sending our brothers and sisters at the CWA several proposals to review before we meet with them in early December.  We have an amazing group of members on our committee that have a substantial knowledge base of US and AA operational experience. Our goal is to get you a Tentative Agreement that you can be proud to vote in as your first contract at the New American! We will continue to work hard to get this done as soon as possible while making sure we are covered by a contract for an industry-leading airline.

The members of your Steering Committee are:

  • Fran Leston    Den/AA
  • Karen Quarles   Den/US
  • Thom Flury    MSP/AA
  • Brandy Ledbetter   SLC/US
  • Brian Nicoll   PHX/US
  • Amie Carstensen   PHX/US
  • Cherry Arnold-Lowry   SFO/US
  • Lynn Koch    PHXRES/US
  • Bobby Brooks   PHXRES/US
  • Trish Muir   TUSHBR/AA
  • Dave Mays   TUSHBR/AA
  • Patty Turpin   SEA/US
  • Marie Raquel   LAX/AA
  • Helen Whitlock   RNORES/US
  • Cathy Hill   LAX/US

The members of your Teamsters Steering Committee elected Brian Nicoll (US) and Dave Mays (AA) to sit on the CWA-IBT Negotiating Committee. They also selected Lynn Koch and Brandy Ledbetter as the alternates. 

We have Andy Marshall as our Chief Negotiator and Principle Officer of Local 104, Josh McInerny as our RLA attorney, Clacy Griswald from the IBT Airline Division, Matthew Fazakas from the IBT Airline Division, Nate Gushi, a business agent from Local 986, Gregg Vandagriff, a business agent from Local 104, Susana Farber, an attorney and business agent from Local 856, and myself, Kimberly Barboro, the Co-Chair of the CWA-IBT Association and business agent for Local 104. We bring a great deal of experience in this industry with us to help in this process.

Our two member Negotiating Team and support staff will be meeting with the CWA team in CLT on December 11 and 12. We will get together as a steering committee on December 14 and 15 to discuss more proposals. We will have our first meeting with the company on December 17 and 18. 

We will continue to update you on this process and let you know the progress we are making. We will continue to work hard for you to get this done!

In Solidarity,

Kimberly Barboro

Co-Chair CWA-IBT Passenger Service Association

Business Agent Local 104

 

November 10th, 2014 Update

Our Negotiating Steering Committee will meet for the first time in PHX on Saturday, November 15-18.  We will be going over the surveys you have filled out so make sure you get them turned in to your local so they can get them in time to count. Our steering committee will be compiling the surveys to make sure we know what you want to see addressed in your new contract. We will have representatives from LAA and LUS together drafting the proposals that our Negotiating Team will bring to the National Committee.  We will announce future meeting dates as we schedule them. We can’t wait to get this process started!

The company has announced that they will adopt the LAA FMLA policy which covers all employees regardless of the size of the group. This policy will begin January of 2015. 

There is a date for the Nonrev arbitration. It is scheduled for January 23. The CWA will be in charge of this one as we argued the last Association grievance. If you have any nonrev policy violations due to the system not working properly, please print out the pnr and explain the violation and what does not work in the system. Fax them to me at 502-272-3744, attention Kimberly Barboro. We can send those to the company and use them as evidence that the system is not fair and does not work properly.

Kimberly Barboro

Business Agent Local 104 US/AA

 

November 3rd, 2014 Update

We have a date for the non-revenue travel arbitration. It is January 23, and the CWA will be arguing it for the Association. Velvet Hawthorne and I met with the leadership of the company at the Quarterly Labor Meeting in Dallas. We had a meeting with the Vice Presidents first. I asked Kerry Philipovich, VP of Customer Experience, about the AA TUS HBR agents not being paid for optional meetings and then being made to add an additional hour to their schedule to make up for the lost time traveling to such meetings. I advised her that this practice is not consistent at all of the locations. She said she agreed that it should be consistent and will look into it.

I also mentioned the workbrain clocks continuing to not be consistent in accepting our fingers and told Donna Paladini, VP of Stations, that I would provide additional information with specific instances in which the clocks are not registering agents’ information. 

At the meeting with Doug Parker, Velvet and I discussed that our members were concerned that AA is hiring off of the street in locations that US members are on the furlough list. Al Hemmingway, VP of Labor Relations, responded that he would be willing to speak with us about this matter. I read the following statement to Doug and the Leadership of the company on behalf of our members:

Doug,

I am speaking for my members when I say that we are very disappointed in the leadership of this company and how they are treating our US Airways passenger service employees. We were first told that the company was going to implement the first-come-first-serve boarding policy for non-revenue travel. The Association immediately filed a grievance stating that our contract has language supporting our claim that seniority is used for non-revenue boarding. Our members, as well as many other groups at US Airways, including management, have asked why a survey wasn’t done to ask the employees who utilize this benefit their opinion about which method they would prefer?  Why not come to the unions and discuss these options before making this decision?

The company then decided to implement the first-come-first-serve boarding process on the US Airways side to mirror the AA policy. The only problem is that the US Airways system has not been able to mirror the AA boarding process and has put the US employees at a disadvantage when non-reving. There have been many examples given to the company of “glitches” in the system that cause our members to lose their boarding priority. Some of them include checking in for a flight 24 hours before departure only to find out when they checked a bag at the airport, the system put them at the bottom of the standby list as if they had just checked in for the flight. Although it has been fixed, the company denies it was ever an issue. When you show that the system had made an error, the company has put out a mandate that no modifications can be made to the standby list for any reason. Then our members are working a flight and notice that the system has put revenue standbys below non-revenue standbys.  Again, you are threatened with discipline if you modify the standby list, so we let our revenue passengers get bumped by non-revs. When you don’t get on a flight, the standby list does not roll over and you must be checked in again, and put at the bottom of the list. These are just a few of the issues we encounter each day, and when we report them we are told that the company is aware of these issues and is working with them. 

Why didn’t we wait to implement the first-come-first-serve boarding until reservations migration? You have used our members as a test to see if the process works and the programming is successful, and we can let you know that it doesn’t work and isn’t successful. If this is any indication of the migration to a single reservations system, it is going to be a difficult one.

We also won our election by an enormous margin and nearly 10,000 members voted to elect the Association as their representative. I will let you know that one of the main reasons our members voted is the fear and distrust of the company outsourcing their jobs to vendors. We were shocked to find out not even a month after our victory the company had been announcing to the travel agents that the Vacations department was going to be outsourced to the AA vendor. This, of course, was a rumor because the company failed to inform the union of their plans. I had to hear it from my members who were told in a briefing by their manager. They were told on Friday that the transfer of work for some areas was to begin on the following Monday. Our members were told that Labor and Legal have been involved with this decision during the entire process. 

I had to initiate contact with the company and was told that the rumors were true and the plan was to violate our CBA and outsource the Vacations work. Tim Lindemann came into the PHX center to hold roundtable talks with our Vacations agents on the following Monday. The agents expressed their disappointment in the company for their treatment and the lack of respect given to them. They had to hear that they were losing their vacations work from Travel agents and corporate sales reps before the company announced the transfer.  Many of our members recalled working at America West Vacations when it was separated from America West Holdings and Scott Kirby was appointed as president. These were difficult times for the airline and that department was earning a profit and helping to sustain the company. The hard work and dedication of those employees helped get this leadership where they are, and in return they are treated like afterthoughts. The reputations many of these Vacations reps have earned over the years with the travel agents they serve has brought feedback to the company from the agencies that they don’t want to see the department move to the vendor. Here is an example of the feedback we are receiving:

Good afternoon Ramona, Chris and team USV! 

As you guys know, I absolutely love the entire team over there. I would say that the relationship that I have had with you guys over the years has brought my business to where it is today! Where would I be if it hadn’t been for this relationship? I really do not know! 

You are not just a wholesaler, you are family to all of us and I think that has been the number 1 most important part of this company. I’ll just put a few bits below of what I think makes you guys so different and special from the rest.

Number 1, 2, and 3: people that CARE. EVERY SINGLE agent in your call center is amazing - that includes documents, accounting and of course the people I deal with daily! I won’t list them all out, because there isn’t anybody that doesn’t need to be recognized. Above and beyond is not the phrase that I can use to describe these folks. If something can’t be fixed or changed, then it can’t. But they do all they can to assist and they do it fast, with excitement and concern! It really does feel like I’m calling family for help when I need it.

Now the company is requesting that our members lie by omission to our customers when they call to book future vacations packages. We were told to NOT say we were outsourced - just that "the company has decided to use Legacy AA VACATIONS as its vacation package source." Where is the pride in our work and the ownership of the company’s decision?

The agents were hit the hardest when they were told that the decision to outsource our work was a “cost neutral” operating decision. It was neither cheaper nor more expensive to have the vendor do the work, it’s just that the IT department is overwhelmed with other migration jobs and there isn’t enough training rooms to accommodate the need to train our employees on the new system. Those comments made our members feel very disposable and very unappreciated. We wonder if there would be a “New American” without America West and the Vacations department in particular.

Kimberly Barboro

Business Agent Local 104 US/AA

 

October 27th, 2014 Update

We won the election and now it’s time to find out what our members want to see in a new, combined contract. We are in the process of having the same surveys the CWA has emailed to their members, reformatted to distribute to our members. We will get them out to you as soon as possible and allow all of our members who want to participate in them to do so. They will be distributed through your local with instructions and deadlines to return them. Look for them in the next couple of days. 

We will also be selecting our negotiating steering committee. The steering committee members will meet in PHX and are responsible for selecting the members of the national negotiating committee that will be combined with the CWA committee and bargain with the company. The steering committee will be made up of both LUS and LAA members so we can incorporate the best of both airlines into contract proposals. Our national negotiating committee members will bring our proposals to the CWA committee and combine them to present to the company. 

This is a very exciting time and for both airlines. It will be the first contract that our America West Teamsters and American Teamsters will have the opportunity to vote on.

Let’s make sure we work together to make it a leading industry contract our Teamsters brothers and sisters can be proud of.

Kimberly Barboro

Business Agent Local 104 US/AA