Lombardo to Isom

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Dear Mr. Isom:
 
This letter is prompted, initially, by your Christmas Eve call to me announcing that American has the money in its coffers to grant a 4% wage increase to its employees; but not to the TWU represented employees. I am not sure how you expected me to react to this.
 
The refusal of American to include the TWU represented classes or crafts in the 4% increase is unreasonable. It rests entirely on the circumstance that there are no difficult class or craft issues being worked out by the NMB on the crafts to which the 4% is being awarded. In contrast, in the variety of classes or crafts represented by TWU, there are a host of such issues. Is it really your intention to discriminate among your employees on the basis of whether the history of the two airlines -- American and US Airways -- requires that the NMB investigate and determine technical class or craft issues? Did flight attendants earn this 4% by having an easily defined class or craft? I think you know that making the distinction on this basis is bound to be perceived by TWU members as a Christmas slap in the face.
 
The 4% increase is justified and unambiguously called for by the years of sacrifice by American employees, culminating in the bankruptcy years. TWU’s members experience the discriminatory wage increase as a refusal to honor their sacrifices in the same way and to the same extent that the sacrifices of other groups are being recognized. Since the 4% is being bestowed outside of, and above and beyond, the gains set out by the new collectively bargained agreements, our members and their union can see no rationale for American’s refusal to include TWU members in on the increase. Moreover, it is TWU’s feeling that while the earlier certified unions were able to negotiate in a fashion customary in professional labor relations, your saving the extra-contractual 4% as a reward to be bestowed only upon successful conclusion of an agreement will place a whole different and unfair set of pressures on TWU, which will distort the negotiating process, and make it difficult to approach the other issues that must be dealt with: job security, including especially the outsourcing of substantial work in major cities and health care costs, just to begin the list. Failure to deal with these issues inevitably undermines the trust and loyalty which American naturally seeks from the employees who are essential to the airline’s success.
 
As you can see, these are critical matters that we are discussing. I look to you to define the tenor of the coming era of labor relations at American under your tenure by addressing them.
 
Hoping that you will see the importance of promptly dealing with TWU in these vital matters, I look forward to direct discussions with you regarding them.
 
Fraternally,
Harry Lombardo
 
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How about a link to the actual letter. Pretty weak response if you ask me.
 
Harry, that's about as weak as your "Prefunding" letter. 
Are you sure Little didn't write that for you??
 
And off the subject...Has Bob been silenced?
 
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The IAM issued a statement right after the 4% was given to everyone else.
 
Seems Harry is a few weeks behind!

 
December 24, 1014


 
The following is a message from IAM General Vice President Sito Pantoja regarding American Airlines’ wage increase announcement:
 
"The IAM was very pleased to receive yesterday’s letter from American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker acknowledging the sacrifice and hard work of his unionized work groups that have contributed to the success of the new American. Unlike many CEOs, he should be commended for showing the company’s appreciation through more than kind words but through the promise of a four percent additional increase in wages for those work groups with ratified joint contracts.
 
However, for our members, this announcement makes the need for an immediate single carrier determination from the National Mediation Board (NMB) regarding the work groups currently represented by the IAM and TWU all the more critical. Once the NMB issues its decision, the Association representing the combined IAM and TWU work groups can move forward to the expedited negotiation of a long overdue jointly negotiated industry leading contract.
 
Our members deserve no less and the company has now acknowledged its ability to pay. Accordingly, the IAM will do all in its power to urge the NMB to make its single carrier determination on behalf of the Association immediately, which will trigger negotiations of a unified contract for our members so they can share in the profits they helped create.
 
With your continued support, and with the combined strength of the IAM and TWU, I am confident that the Association can achieve the industry leading contract that our members have earned.
 
On behalf of the IAM and the Association, I wish all of you and your families Happy Holidays."
 

- See more at: http://www.usaamerger.com/#sthash.wnPwPurs.dpuf
 
 
 
The merger was announced 23 months ago and it closed 13 months ago. It's too bad that the TWU and the IAM have spent so much of that time with their thumbs up their asses, but that's nothing new for those ineffective unions.

Obviously, Parker structured this raise the way he did to reward the FAs who quickly had a merged seniority list and now have a combined CBA. The FAs did what was expected of them, and that's to combine their lists and agree on a combined contract relatively quickly, not sit on their thumbs.

No doubt it pisses off the rank and file. Parker probably intended that.
 
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AANOTOK said:
Harry, that's about as weak as your "Prefunding" letter. 
Are you sure Little didn't write that for you??
 
And off the subject...Has Bob been silenced?
 
Not for nothing, but the letter is addressed to Isom and signed "Fraternally."
 
Oooops.
 
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FWAAA said:
The merger was announced 23 months ago and it closed 13 months ago. It's too bad that the TWU and the IAM have spent so much of that time with their thumbs up their asses, but that's nothing new for those ineffective unions.

Obviously, Parker structured this raise the way he did to reward the FAs who quickly had a merged seniority list and now have a combined CBA. The FAs did what was expected of them, and that's to combine their lists and agree on a combined contract relatively quickly, not sit on their thumbs.

No doubt it pisses off the rank and file. Parker probably intended that.
Thumbs up their asses?
 
You do realize the IAM at PMUS was in contract negotiations for several years, it got delayed by the IBT raid for mechanic and related then Parker went behind ALL the unions' backs' and negotiated with PMAA unions and put his own negotiations on the back burner.

The IAM members at PMUS deserved a new Section 6 CBA before JCBA negotiations ever would have taken place, the last Section 6 at PMUS was 95-99.
 
The Chatper 11 CBAs two in 2002 and one in 2005, those members deserved to get improvements before anything should be done in JCBA talks.
 
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That place along with the two unions attempting to represent the mechanics&related is a joke anymore!!!  "The Majority?" of employees will receive a 4% raise?  The original IAM negotiators would roll over in their grave if they saw the goings on around here anymore.... 
 
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Chick Kavros is still alive, he is the man that organized the IAM at All American Airways, and negotiated up until 95 at what became US, he was on the 1114 committee in bankruptcy part 2.
 
The letter you cite 700 is to the members not the company..not quite the same thing.
 
700UW said:
Thumbs up their asses?
 
You do realize the IAM at PMUS was in contract negotiations for several years, it got delayed by the IBT raid for mechanic and related then Parker went behind ALL the unions' backs' and negotiated with PMAA unions and put his own negotiations on the back burner.

The IAM members at PMUS deserved a new Section 6 CBA before JCBA negotiations ever would have taken place, the last Section 6 at PMUS was 95-99.
 
The Chatper 11 CBAs two in 2002 and one in 2005, those members deserved to get improvements before anything should be done in JCBA talks.
No one cares USAIR IAM negotiatons is in the past, time to move on. Enough with what happened in 2004-05 it's now 2015.

Josh
 
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737823 said:
No one cares USAIR IAM negotiatons is in the past, time to move on. Enough with what happened in 2004-05 it's now 2015.

Josh
Bless Yer Heart.
 
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