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JCBA Negotiations Update August 18, 2017
Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Continue
The Executive Negotiating Committee met face to face with American Airlines this week in Washington DC. Negotiations centered around the Fleet Service group and good progress was made working through outstanding language issues.
The Mechanic & Related/Stores Committee met internally for important discussions regarding the seniority article and they are pleased to report that significant and positive progress was made working through those complicated remaining issues. Our attention in the next scheduled negotiation will be on the Mechanic & Related/Stores open issues to sync us up to the progress made with Fleet language.
The entire negotiating team looks forward to using the solidarity of our 30,000 Association Members as we move into the more serious economic and scope discussions with the company in the near future.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume the week of August 28th.
Mark Baskett, William Fa, Mike Fairbanks, Tim Hughes, Steve Miller, Tim Murphy, Pat Rezler, Art Risley, Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker & Bill Wilson
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 -Temporary Assignments - Voluntary Furlough - Limited Duty - Hours of Work - Overtime - Recognition of Work - Effects on Prior Agreements - Issuance of SIDA Badges
TWU International Equity Update
We continue to receive questions concerning the American Airlines equity lawsuit. The latest update is below:
Last month, in an update in the American Airlines equity distribution case, we informed you that the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had issued a decision and opinion affirming the decision of the District Court for the Northern District of California in the case of Demetrius v. TWU, dismissing claims that the method adopted by TWU to distribute equity in American Airlines gained in during bankruptcy violated TWU’s duty of fair representation.
On June 5, plaintiffs in the case filed papers asking that the Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision. Whether it grants any further review is entirely within the discretion of the judges of the Ninth Circuit. It is very difficult to predict when the Court will decide plaintiffs’ request for reconsideration, but TWU regards the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in the matter as well reasoned and solid, and is optimistic that the judges will find no need to take the fairly unusual step of reconsidering the matter. We will keep you updated regarding any further developments in the Court of Appeals.
You should be aware that, in the event that the Court decides not to reconsider the case, the plaintiffs will have 90 days to ask the United States Supreme Court to exercise its discretion to grant a writ of certiorari to review the issue. For a write of certiorari to be granted, four of the nine Justices on the Court would have to vote to hear the issue raised.
Although we believe that the decision of the Court of Appeals puts us on the road to a final victory in the case, it is highly unlikely—should the plaintiffs decide to exercise all their procedural rights in this case—that any distribution will take place prior to 2018.
Mike Mayes Director,
Air Division TWU International