June 15th, 2013
Dear TWU Local 555 Members,
We met with the company and federal mediator in Dallas on June 13th and 14th. Rather than accept language that was detrimental to our members we agreed to keep current contract language in Articles 1, 7, 8, 9 15, 25 and 31. During this session we also tried to address the company's "problem" with seasonal staffing while still using our own members for the work; but it became apparent that seasonal staffing was not their real problem when the company presented us with a proposal that would have increased part-time workers to forty percent system-wide. As with many of the company's previous proposals, this proposal demanded concessions: eliminating family health care coverage and reducing the number of full-time jobs. The company failed to address any of our key issues and remained committed to their goals of reducing benefits, diminishing job security, and undermining full-time employment. After seeing no realistic movement, the mediator decided not to schedule any more meetings at this time. The mediator will check with both parties periodically and will schedule future meetings if he sees the potential for progress.
It has become obvious that the company is in no hurry to reach an agreement. In the meantime, you suffer because your wages flatten, your medical costs increase, and your work compounds as you are taxed to do the job of two or more people. This has to stop. We must draw the company away from their efforts of labeling labor as a problem and help them realize that we're the backbone of this company. No flight leaves or arrives without the members of Local 555! Our current agreement is one of, if not, the best in the industry. We stand committed to defending years of progress, and refuse to give in to the company's requests to compromise your job security, benefits, and pay. Stay strong and united as we move towards improving the industry's leading contract.
TWU Local 555 Negotiating Committee