Fleet Service Negotiations Update
April 1, 2016:
Sisters and Brothers,
The Joint Association Fleet Committee met in Dallas this week and exchanged the following proposals with the company:
- Hours of Work
- Recognition of Rights and Compliance
- Grievance Procedures
- Meal Periods
- Leaves of Absence
- Shift Differential/Shift Definitions
- Training, Travel and Meal Per Diems
We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on the Training, Travel and Meal Per Diem article.
Despite this progress, unfortunately, the company did hold a meeting this week without inviting Association representatives, and actually left a bargaining session in order to attend.
Unbeknownst to the negotiating team, Robert Isom, American Airlines’ Chief Operating Officer, conducted a town hall meeting on Tuesday in Dallas without notifying any of our team members. American’s Director of Employee Relations, Jim Weel—who is part of the company’s M&R negotiating team and attended the session that morning—left the bargaining meeting in order to attend the town hall. This lack of transparency and commitment to the bargaining process will not be tolerated.
It is clear that American Airlines is not providing the membership with entirely accurate information, and that they are employing common management tactics to disrupt negotiations. While Mr. Isom assures us that the company is not holding up the process, they continue to offer our negotiation teams proposals which do not recognize the role our members have in sustaining American’s profits – and those are proposals that we will not accept.
Our future Fleet negotiations dates and locations are as follows:
- Week of April 11 in DFW
- Week of April 25 in DCA
- Week of May 9 in DCA
- Week of May 16 in DFW
- Week of May 23 in DFW
- Week of June 13 in DFW
- Week of June 20 in DCA
- Week of June 27 in DFW
We will continue to provide updates to membership following each negotiation session, and appreciate your continued patience and support.
Mark Baskett, Mike Fairbanks, Pete Hogan,
Tim Hughes, Mike Mayes, Steve Miller,
Brian Oyer, Pat Rezler, Art Risley,
Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker, Bill Wilson