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JCBA Negotiations Update June 16, 2017
Association, AA Executive Session Negotiations Continue
The Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of June 12th, in Washington D.C. and continued negotiations on Classifications for M&R, and Promotions & Transfers, Recall, and Reduction in Force for Fleet Service among other contractual provisions. The Executive Committee was unable to reach full tentative agreements; however, progress was made in several areas, and language was agreed to in principle.
The Executive Committee, the M&R and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees continues to discuss open issues for the Articles, and why we are unable to reach tentative agreements on them. It is both disappointing and frustrating that the Company continues to make proposals that contain concessionary language that the Committees cannot accept; even when we provide counterproposals that American cannot disprove would meet their needs of service. While we all agree that progress is slowly being made, the Company still believes that we will make concessions just to reach an Agreement, which will never happen. We all want an expeditious end to negotiations, but we are not willing to simply bring back a substandard contract to get there. Our members deserve the best in the industry. Management has promised that, and so far they have failed to live up to their words.
We are all becoming more frustrated as these weeks go by, because the contract language that the Company has promised and committed to, has yet to fully materialize. The only way these negotiations will be expedited is if American Airlines management actually shows the commitment at the bargaining table they have continually promised to us; that is the industry’s best contracts for their employees.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume on the following weeks: July 17th & July 24th in Washington, DC.
Mark Baskett, William Fa, Mike Fairbanks, Tim Hughes, Steve Miller, Tim Murphy, Pat Rezler, Art Risley, Andre Sutton, Rodney Walker & Bill Wilson
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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