the twu has always had the philosophy of "flow thru items" items that are the same in each contract. i.e. medical, life insurance, sick time, vacation time etc. the way i understand the video is the iam has the same philosophy " a loaf of bread cost the same for every one". it would appear the percentage raises up to now has been a flow thru item if maintenance got 5% everyone else gets 5%. so when when southwest came out with their payscale and american use it, the 16% or what ever you have over us will not flow thru to everyone. this puts another wrinkle in any chance of a T.A. anytime soon one change to the flow thru items sold to maintenance is the half day of sick pay, the one less week of vacation that stores gets, the dissolving of all the maintenance locals and the sale of their union halls is sold as we chose our poison in bankruptcy. personally my opinion is that it was a punishment for past card drives and to help keep maintenance divided. you can compare previous maintenance locals with comparable fleet locals and they are the same size supposedly the maintenance locals where not economically feasible. where that punishment went awry is that the wrong person one the presidency in local 591 (Gary Peterson) the twu's choice did not win.