July 29, 2016
Sisters and Brothers,
The Association Fleet Service Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines this week in Dallas/Fort Worth to continue joint contract negotiations.
Despite our willingness to move this process along, the company continues to bypass your committee and attempt to negotiate directly with you, the membership, through town hall meetings. During these meetings, the company promises large pay increases, but fails to tell you is that in other very important areas of our contract they are presenting concessionary proposals that include the lesser language of the two pre-merger contracts.
At his “State of the Airline” speech, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said, “The company is not happy that negotiations have gone on this long.” But if that’s the case, then why then do his negotiators continue to propose concessions, knowing full well that we will reject those proposals, and prolong negotiations even more? This is nothing less than a standard management stalling technique.
We know you are eager for bargaining to finish. So are we, but these proposals simply do not meet your survey responses or expectations.
This week we passed our overtime proposal and we received back counter proposals on vacations and temporary assignments. There are several articles to which we are awaiting the company’s response, including holidays, sick time and recognition and rights.
The following are the TAs reached to date:
|Shift Differential||Preamble||Training, Travel Pay and Meal Per Diem|
|Grievance Procedures||Leaves of Absence||Meal Periods|
|Representation||Field Work||System Board of Adjustment|
|Uniforms||Absence from Duty||No Strike No Lockout|
|Fitness for Duty||Bulletin Boards||Probation|
|Safety and Health||Purpose of Agreement||Termination of Employment|
|Shift Trades||Furlough Benefits||Work Schedules|
We have the negotiations scheduled for the next two weeks in Dallas.
Mark Baskett, Mike Fairbanks, Pete Hogan,
Tim Hughes, Mike Mayes, Steve Miller,
Brian Oyer, Pat Rezler, Art Risley,
Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker, Bill Wilson