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Members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) employed at American Airlines and American Eagle, joined by flight attendants (members of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants), retirees, family members and labor supporters will hold demonstrations at airports across the country this Wed., Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. to protest threatened job, pension and healthcare cuts at the two AMR subsidiaries.

...Read more >> February 27, 2012

This week TWU Local 250-A filed a petition in the California Superior Court to have last year’s arbitrator’s decision, that imposed a contract on Muni Operators, overturned.

The filing is against the numerous violations of law and procedure, such as how the makeup of the Mediation/Arbitration Board violated provisions of the city charter, proper notice of the arbitration proceeding to the members of 250-A was not given and how the Board failed to conduct evidentiary hearings.  

...Read more >> February 25, 2012

On Valentine’s Day, almost 400 mostly union employees gathered outside DFW International Airport’s Terminal D in a show of support for all AMR employees. They came to protest the devastating effects of the AMR bankruptcy. 

...Read more >> February 24, 2012

Earlier this month TWU and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) entered into partnership with the goal of building a stronger alliance that will benefit over the 850,000 members they jointly represent. This partnership provides the unique opportunity for each of us to preserve and build upon TWU's and CWA's proud history. We will stand in solidarity and work together on joint projects that will allow us to further our goals of economic and social justice for all working families. 

...Read more >> February 22, 2012

Both chambers of Congress are in recess this week for the Presidents’ Day break. Before adjourning, they were able to push through a compromise to extend unemployment benefits, as well as the payroll tax holiday, through December 31. Upon their return next week, we expect action on the Surface Transportation Bill to pick back up.

...Read more >> February 22, 2012

They also heard from Rail and Transit Directors, Gary Maslanka and Jeffrey L. Brooks Sr., about the detrimental effects HR7 will have if implemented.

“Your very own livelihood is at stake,” said Brooks to a room full of Local 100 members lobbying on Wednesday.

...Read more >> February 16, 2012

FORT WORTH – The Transport Workers Union presented plans to American Airlines management today that provide a blueprint for voluntary early out/separation as a way to avoid draconian, involuntary layoffs, while saving money for the company. 
On February 1, 2012, AMR management announced that it planned to reduce the company’s workforce by 9,000 from TWU-represented work groups.

...Read more >> February 15, 2012

(Reuters) - The union representing seven categories of ground workers at bankrupt American Airlines will offer alternatives to some of the job cuts and concessions the company says it needs to survive, the head of the Transport Workers Union said on Tuesday.

...Read more >> February 14, 2012

The Transport Workers Union of America and the Communications Workers of America have voted to work together in a new affiliation. The new partnership was unanimously endorsed by the executive boards of both unions.

...Read more >> February 10, 2012

The Senate approved the FAA Reauthorization conference report earlier this week. Below is more information on the process, TWU’s advocacy efforts, and the benefits of the bill for our Members.

Following three-and-a-half years without a full FAA reauthorization, which led to 23 stopgap extensions and one painful showdown of the FAA, the Senate approved the “FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act” 75-20 on February 6, 2012

...Read more >> February 09, 2012

For over 60 years, American Airlines has been a major employer in communities across this great land, providing good paying jobs for members and helping sustain local economies. Thousands of dedicated workers raised families and enjoyed a middle class life as a result of these good jobs.

...Read more >> February 07, 2012

by James C. Little

Last week, AMR executives revealed their proposal for bankruptcy reorganization. They decided to hit their employees at American Airlines and American Eagle with a hammer, slashing 13,000 jobs and dumping pension plans on the PBGC. They’re aiming for a 20 percent reduction in labor costs.

...Read more >> February 06, 2012

Following three-and-a-half years without a full FAA reauthorization, which led to 23 stopgap extensions and one painful showdown of the FAA, the Senate approved the “FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act” 75-20.

...Read more >> February 06, 2012

As you’re well aware, the FAA Reauthorization has rapidly been moving toward passage over the past two weeks. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted, passing 248 to 169 accepting the conference report. The Senate is scheduled to vote on Monday on whether to accept the report.

...Read more >> February 05, 2012

On Wednesday Feb. 1, AMR announced their restructuring plan, a plan that deals a heavy blow to nearly 9,000 TWU members working at American Airlines.

As for American Eagle’s restructuring, the company was short on specifics saying, “due to fleet uncertainty we have not finalized our plan as of now.” The fleet uncertainty is attributed to contractual articles being addressed in AAs bankruptcy.

...Read more >> February 03, 2012

TWU International President James C. Little wrote Senators and Representatives last night telling them TWU has long maintained that labor provisions do not belong in the FAA Reauthorization Bill, be it the yes/no ballot or any other changes to the Railway Labor Act.

...Read more >> February 03, 2012

Transport Workers Union is strong supporter of surface transportation legislation that is properly funded, grants protections for workers and supports transportation growth in our communities. During the last eight extensions of previous surface transportation bills we have advocated for investments and policy that would match the growing demand for public transportation options.

...Read more >> February 03, 2012