May 2023 Bargaining Round-Up
American Airlines – Passenger Service Agents
Across the nation, American Airlines members mobilized this month to demand a fair contract and to support the Bargaining Team as they returned to the bargaining table.
The CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management in May and reported:
Our CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management last week in our eighth round of bargaining for a new contract. The discussion was productive and the two sides exchanged proposals on the following articles:
Article 5, Hours of Service
Article 6, Overtime-Customer Service
Article 14, Recall
Article 15, Furlough Benefits
Article 18, Sick Leave
Article 20, Vacations
Article 34, Call Monitoring
We are continuing to focus a lot of energy on Article 6, Overtime-Customer Service, in an effort to meet the needs of our members for work-life balance while also responding to the needs of our customers. The main area of disagreement is mandatory overtime. Our union bargaining teams proposed changes to Article 5, Hours of Service, at the first round of bargaining last October, and the Company responded to our proposal last week. We will continue to make reaching a good agreement on these issues a priority.
We are still waiting on the Company to respond to our proposal on Article 3, Recognition and Scope. This article is very important because it defines your protected work in the future. We have made a complex proposal for consideration. While we are trying to work through the language as quickly as possible, each article is important and requires time to resolve.
The Company has taken note of increasing member involvement in our mobilization efforts. We need to step up the mobilization, especially as we move on to the crucial economic issues.
Stay Informed, Get Involved
Make sure we have your personal email address and cell phone number by filling in the form at https://american-agents.org/stay-connected. And share this message with co-workers who may not already be on our email and text lists.
Check in with your stewards or local officers to find out about mobilization actions at your station or center. And share your Solidarity Selfies and group pictures with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll post them on here.
Our next round of bargaining will take place June 20-22.
CWA Local 13301 members at Philadelphia Airport mobilize for a fair contract.
Frontier West Virginia
This month, the 2023 Frontier WV-VA Bargaining Committee introduced themselves and announced that negotiations begin on June 5, 2023.
From Left to Right Letha Perry, Bargaining Chair; Shannon Fink, CWA Staff Rep; Chad Leggett, Bargaining Committee; Elaine Harris, CWA Staff Rep; Jeff Anderson, Bargaining Committee; Rick McKinney, Bargaining Committee; and not pictured Brian Breitkreutz, Bargaining Committee.
Show your support for the Bargaining Team and wear black on the first day of negotiations:
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Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
The membership ratified the tentative agreement with MWAA. Congratulations to the members and Bargaining Committee for a hard-fought contract!
Early in May, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Union siblings from West Virginia led a solidarity caravan and traveled to Findlay, PA facilities. Check out the full story.
In another demonstration of solidarity for striking Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, members of the Toledo NewsGuild-CWA in District 4 posted signs around town to bring the strike to the attention of Toledoans. Check out their story here.