In order to better represent the interest of the membership, the ATD petitioned all AA Locals, in the spring of 2007, to send a safety representative to Hurst, Texas to form what is now known as the TWU AA System Safety Committee. Out of 22 locals in the system, seven Locals sent representatives, totaling 10 individuals. All members in attendance who wanted to participate were chosen to serve on the committee. Our committee members come from Title 1, Title 2 and Title 3.
The objective of the TWU AA System Safety Committee is to create the safest possible working environment and avoid any injury to our members by ensuring that; Article 27 of Collective Bargaining Agreement is followed and enforcing compliance with all State and Federal regulatory agency guidelines. The focus of this committee is to raise safety awareness to the highest level by increasing communication between Union Safety committee members in all Locals across the system. We are the focal point and a resource for all local safety committees to aid and assist as needed. It is up to us to stay abreast of and to share any new governing body rules and regulations that are pertinent to the members. The TWU AA System Safety Committee is the liaison between TWU and American Airlines Safety, Security and Environmental Department and our responsibilities are to provide organized labor’s perspective in regards to all of the company’s safety policies, procedures and their applications. We report directly to the ATD International VP of the AA System which is the initial point of contact for safety-related issues pertaining to all of the locals within the AA System. All of our committee members work together helping to resolve safety issues that arise. Debriefings, for activities within our committee, are made by the committee chairman to the AA TWU President’s Council on a quarterly basis.
Replacements in the committee, if warranted, will be by a majority vote of the committee.
One of the major initiatives of all Organized Labor Safety Committees is to standardize processes that positively impact the working environment of our members. Instead of relying on Behavior Based Safety ideals which historically blame the worker, we emphasize controlling exposures to occupational hazards as the fundamental method of protecting workers. Traditionally, utilizing the hierarchy of controls (HOC) has been used as a means of determining how to implement feasible and effective controls IE:
- Engineering controls
- Administrative controls
- Personal protective equipment
The idea behind this hierarchy is that the control methods at the top of the list are always more effective and proactive than those at the bottom. By utilizing the Hierarchy of Controls to standardize processes, we strive to promote system wide safety initiatives to reduce employee exposure. Under the Hierarchy of Controls, we promote eliminating all carcinogenic products, ergonomics initiatives, Lock Out/Tag Out procedures, and the standardization of PPE per job classification.