October 02, 2012
TO: AA TWU LOCAL MEMBERS
RE: LINE LOCAL REORGANIZATION
Dear Brothers & Sisters:
Since the filing of the AMR Bankruptcy, there has been a growing concern as to the ability of Locals to continue to properly represent their members. With the removal of the “Baker Letter” from within the M&E contracts, this has become a reality. The Baker letter was negotiated in 1993 (attached) to cover Local officers’ salaries at a percentage of represented members on a per capita scale. During Self Determination in 1999, it was negotiated to include the newly formed line Local’s Presidents in this formula. In the recent round of negotiations, the M/R negotiation committee decided to remove this provision of the contract.
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September 28, 2012
MAINTENANCE & RELATED
In light of the rejection of the Maintenance and Related tentative agreement and the filing of American Eagle’s 1113(c) motion to reject our contract, the TWU Negotiating Committee resumed meeting with the Company at Flagship University on Monday, September 24, 2012.
We are meeting again on October 1 at FSU. We will continue negotiations, working to reach a consensual deal for our M&R members, before the Company’s motion to abrogate our contract goes before the judge on October 23, 2012.
September 27, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
American Airlines has now been in bankruptcy for over ten months. All work groups on the property except the pilots have entered into agreements providing relief to the Company in response to this filing and in recognition that the alternative would almost certainly be the court authorized imposition of worse terms. We too have recommended that our members approve such agreements – not because we believe that the agreements are fair or impose shared sacrifice, but because we were convinced that the loss of jobs, pay, and benefits would be far worse under a court imposed term sheet. Those who disagreed with us and urged our members to reject the LBOs from the Company made various claims about the bankruptcy process and its aftermath in support of their position. It is time to review these claims and compare them with the actual words of the judge in the two opinions he rendered leading up the abrogation of the pilot agreement.
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