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Bargaining update #13

September 18, 2023

 

Your CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management this week in our twelfth round of bargaining for a new contract.

The Company presented the Union with a comprehensive proposal that includes wages, benefits, and open contract language.

The Company presented proposals on:

  • Article 3 Recognition and Scope

  • Article 4 Groups and Classifications

  • Article 5 Hours of Work

  • Article 6 Customer Service Overtime

  • Article 7 Reservations Overtime

  • Article 9 Filling of Vacancies

  • Article 14 Recall

  • Article 15 Furlough Benefits

  • Article 17 Leaves of Absence

  • Article 18 Sick Leave

  • Article 19 Holiday Vacation

  • Article 20 Vacations

  • Article 25 Grievance Procedure

  • Article 26 System Board

  • Article 27 Insurance Retirement

  • Article 28 Retirement Plan

  • Article 32 Call Monitoring

  • Article 34 General and Miscellaneous

  • Article 36 Compensation

  • Article 37 Duration & Profit Sharing

The Union responded to Articles 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14, 15, 28, and 37.

The Union was able to reach agreements in principle on Article 14 (Recall), Article 15 (Furlough), Article 28 (Retirement Plan), and Article 37 (Profit Sharing).

The Company is true to the commitment of CEO Robert Isom to pay industry wages so American Airlines agents are not behind Delta and/or United, however the Company also wants to have the scope and work rules match Delta and United. As you may know, there is no union at Delta, so they have no protection. United does not have ratios of office and home-based representatives or a cap on when calls could be sent overseas, as we have in our contract. There are also concerns about technology at the airports. The Company does not believe we need a no furlough clause.

 

(See this chart to compare protections).

 

Every member must participate in their Local's mobilizations to Save Our Scope. Contact your Local for more information.

 

Share this image on social media to show American Airlines that CWA-IBT members

are united in their fight for a contract that secures both fair pay and job security.

Our next bargaining session is scheduled for October 17-19, and we are working with

the Company to secure more dates in the future.

 

Stay informed and share information with fellow members. Make sure we have your personal email address and cell phone number by filling in this form. Follow us on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected where you can like and share our updates and other bargaining related content. And share your Solidarity Selfies and group pictures with us at info@american-agents.com.

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Your CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management this week in our eleventh round of bargaining for a new contract.

The Union and the Company exchanged proposals on:

  • Article 6 Overtime-Customer Service

  • Article 9 Filling of Vacancies

  • Article 15 Furlough Benefits

  • Article 17 Leaves of Absence

  • Article 18 Sick Leave

  • Article 34 General Miscellaneous.

 

Research economists from CWA and IBT joined our Bargaining Team this session to help both sides understand the economic portion of the contract and to analyze the information used by American Airlines to determine the cost of some proposals. The discussion was intense, however we are making some progress, but not enough to reach an agreement on the articles. We informed the Company we need more bargaining sessions.

The Company still has not responded to the Union’s changes to Article 3, Recognition and Scope, which we made back in October. This crucial article provides job security. We must first reach an agreement on Scope in order to bargain the economic portion of the contract, which includes wages, insurance, overtime pay, holiday, among other benefits.

It’s clear it is time to stop the stAAll! 

Our next bargaining session is scheduled for September 12-14. Please send photos and videos of your participation in the informational picketing planned for August 15th to info@american-agents.com. If you are unable to attend one of the actions, please send us a photo with your message to the company to share on social media. Members should only participate on their off-duty time.  You may participate before or after your shift or on non-paid time. Do not call out and participate.

In Unity,

CWA Agents

Bargaining update #12

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Local 3642 has a red-out and at RDU Res Cafeteria
July 18, 2023

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On Tuesday, July 18, CWA Local 3642 had another wear red Tuesday in support  of our CWA-IBT bargaining team. Our membership showed their unity in wearing red to work and helping us post photos displaying our determination for higher wages and quality of worklife. In addition to wearing red clothing members also wore red sunglasses to pose for photos. 

Our HBR reps also sent in many selfies. Your support is greatly appreciated and demonstrates to management a unified solidarity throughout our CWA membership. Please keep it up and we'll let you know when the next mobilization day will take place.

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Bargaining update June 29, 2023

Our CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management last week in our ninth round of bargaining for a new contract. Our bargaining teams exchanged proposals with the company on several articles, including:

Article 5, Hours of Service

Article 6, Overtime-Customer Service

Article 9, Filling of Vacancies

Article 13, Voluntary Furlough

Article 15, Furlough Benefits

Article 17, Leaves of Absence

Article 18, Sick Leave

Article 20, Vacations

The two sides reached a tentative agreement on Article 13, Voluntary Furlough. Our teams have proposed many changes to improve working conditions for members. It is difficult to reach agreement on some of the articles because the company is not moving. For example, they have not responded to our proposal on Article 3, Recognition and Scope. But we do expect to see their response in the next round of bargaining. This article is so important because it defines your protected work in the future, so we will put in whatever time it takes to get a fair agreement.

 

At the same time, we cannot agree on the articles that have an economic component until we start to negotiate the economics of the contract. We have made a strategic decision to leave the economics (including wages) until the end, which is quite common in negotiations.

Get Involved, Stay Informed

It was great to see the support from so many members for the Bargaining Committee last week. Check out all the photos in the post below. Our bargaining teams AND the company took note of the turnout for mobilization activities at so many stations and centers. Continue to wear your wing pins and check in with your stewards or local officers about upcoming mobilization plans.

Make sure we have your personal email address and cell phone number by filling in this form. And share this message with co-workers who may not already be on our email and text lists.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected where you can like and share our updates and other bargaining related content. And share your Solidarity Selfies and group pictures with us at info@american-agents.com. We'll post them on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected.

 

Our next round of bargaining begins on July 18.

 

In unity,

CWA Agents

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Wear Red CWA-IBT Promo Day--June 20

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Bargaining update # 9

May 26, 2023

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 this form. And share this message with co-workers who may not already be on our email and text lists.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected where you can like and share our updates and other bargaining related content. 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 info@american-agents.com. We'll post them on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected.

Our next round of bargaining will take place June 20-22.       

 

In unity,

CWA Agents

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May 16, 2023
RDU Res Unites as CWA Local 3642  Members Stand Together for Work/Life Balance and FAAir
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Res Agents strut their stuff on Wear Red Tuesday to support the CWA-IBT Bargaining Team!
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Bargaining update #8

April 17, 2023

Our CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management last week in our seventh round of bargaining for a new contract.

The two sides exchanged proposals on the following articles:

 

Article 6: Overtime-Customer Service
Article 7: Overtime-Reservations
Article 9: Filling of Vacancies
Article 18: Sick Leave
Article 19: Holiday Vacation
Article 20: Vacations

 

A tentative agreement was reached on the language in Article 7: Overtime-Reservations and Article 19: Holiday Vacation, but not on the economic portions of those articles. Therefore, these two articles will now be held for the economics portion of bargaining.

The following articles are still open:

 

Article 3: Recognition and Scope
Article 4: Groups/Classifications
Article 5: Hours of Service
Article 6: Overtime-Customer Service
Article 9: Filling of Vacancies
Article 17: Leaves of Absence
Article 18: Sick Leave
Article 20: Vacations
Article 24: Shift Definitions and Premiums
Article 25: Grievance Procedure
Article 26: System Boards of Adjustment
Article 27: Insurance, Retirement, and Other Benefits
Article 28: Retirement Plan
Article 29: Training, Travel Pay, and Meal Per Diem
Article 31: Part-Time Employees
Article 32: Call Monitoring
Article 34: General and Miscellaneous
Article 36: Compensation
Article 37: Duration

As you can see, we have a long way to go, but our Bargaining Teams are committed to fighting for gains in every one of these articles. They need members' visible support to demonstrate to the company that we are all in this fight together. Recently, thousands of members signed the petition about the unilateral door closing policy and hundreds of members have sent us their solidarity selfies, all of which has been noticed by management. Actions like these show the company that members are aware of what's happening in bargaining and are willing to take action to win a fair deal.

Stay Informed, Get Involved

Make sure we have your personal email address and cell phone number by filling in this form. And share this message with co-workers who may not already be on our email and text lists.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected where you can like and share our updates and other bargaining related content. Look for and use the hashtag #FairPayAA.

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 info@american-agents.com. We'll post them on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected.

Our next round of bargaining will take place May 16-18.

 

In unity,

American Agents Connected

CWA-IBT Bargaining Update #7

March 15, 2023

Our CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management last week in our sixth round of bargaining for a new contract.

The two sides exchanged proposals on the following articles:

Article 7, Overtime-Reservations
Article 9, Filling of Vacancies
Article 12, Reductions in Force
Article 25, Grievance Procedure
Article 26, System Boards of Adjustment
Article 30, Safety and Health

The bargaining has been difficult because our Bargaining Teams are fighting for improvements in these articles, but the company is standing their ground. Nonetheless, the two sides reached tentative agreements on Article 12, Reductions in Force and Article 30, Safety and Health.

To make real gains at the bargaining table, we must increase the pressure on the company. How do we do that? Members at every station and center must show unity and solidarity with the Bargaining Teams. It's the only way to move the company on the issues that are important to members, like giving us the work-life balance that we all deserve.

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 info@american-agents.com. We'll post them on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected.

Our next round of bargaining will take place April 4-7.

Profit-Sharing Update

For the purpose of determining profit-sharing payments, the quarter ending this month (March 2023) will replace last year’s first quarter, when there was no profit for the Company. American Airlines reports that it is on track to see a profit in Q1 this year and final numbers will be calculated for profit sharing soon, with a possible payout in May 2023. However, employees should be aware that no specifics have been decided yet, and CWA-IBT will provide more information as soon as it is available.

Solidarity Alert

CWA-IBT Association bargaining teams alongside

APFA bargaining team, March 8, 2023 Our Bargaining

Teams met up with the bargainers for the Association

of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) last week in

Dallas. They have been in bargaining for three years

and just gave their economic proposal to the

company last week. We agreed to support each other

as we fight for fair contracts for agents and flight

attendants at AA.

 

Stay Informed, Get Involved

Make sure we have your personal email address and cell phone number by filling in this form. And share this message with co-workers who may not already be on our email and text lists.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected where you can like and share our updates and other bargaining related content. Look for and use the hashtag #FairPayAA.

In unity,

American Agents Connected

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Mobilization: How we can support our CWA-IBT Bargaining Team?

During the first few rounds of bargaining, hundreds of members showed their support for our Bargaining Teams by sending us selfies and group pictures with their co-workers. Our message was loud and clear: We are united and ready to fight for the fair pay, affordable health care, and job security that we deserve.

Let's build on that momentum as we head into the next rounds of bargaining.

Here's how you can get involved:

1. Save this image and then upload it as your Facebook profile picture from Tues-

day through Thursday. You can also share it on your Instagram or Twitter feeds.

2. Continue to show your support by taking a selfie or a group picture with your

co-workers and emailing it to us at info@American-Agents.com. Be sure to include

your name and work location in the email. We'll share the photos on social media

throughout the week.

3. If you post your selfie or group shot on your own social media accounts, whether it's Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, use the hashtag #AAFairPay so we can see and share your posts.

4. Follow us on Facebook where you can like and share our updates and other bargaining related content. And follow CWA on Twitter and Instagram, where we'll be sharing updates as well. Show our Bargaining Teams, our fellow members, and the company that we're standing together for a fair deal!

In unity,

American Agents Connected

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CWA-IBT Bargaining Update #4

Jan 24, 2023

Our CWA-IBT Association Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management on January 17-19 in our third round of bargaining for a new contract. The two sides exchanged proposals on the following articles:

Article 6, Overtime Customer Service
Article 7, Overtime Reservations
Article 9, Filling of Vacancies
Article 23, Uniforms
Article 25, Grievance Procedure
Article 26, System Board of Adjustment

 

We reached a tentative agreement on Article 23, Uniforms. The new language provides an increase in the allowance for uniforms and staggers the mandatory purchase of uniforms for new hires.

Our Bargaining Committees are working hard to address the overtime issues in an effort to improve the work-life balance for all members.

 

Our bargaining schedule is as follows:

January 31-February 2
February 14-16
March 7-9
April 4-6
May 16-18
June 20-22

 

Remember, in order to win a strong contact, every member must get involved to show our unity and support for the bargaining teams. Wear your pins, make a sign, and take a group photo at your station. Send your photos to us at info@american-agents.com.

Stay informed about our progress in bargaining as well as mobilization activities. Make sure we have your personal email address and cell phone number by filling in this form. And share this message with co-workers who may not already be on our email and text lists.

 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook.com/AmericanAgentsConnected where you can like and share our updates and other bargaining related content. Look for and use the hashtag #FairPayAA.

In unity,

American Agents Connected

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Do you know if Local 3642 has your correct contact information?

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As 2023 progresses CWA and Local 3642 will have quite a bit of important information to share with you on bargaining and other matters. Once a tentative agreement is reached, CWA National will need to send out (via USPS) an electronic pin number so that you can vote on the contract.

Please be sure that we have your correct physical and non-AA email address on file. You can email us at localcwa3642@gmail.com. Include your name as the company has it listed and your employee number. We cannot use a Facebook or phone alias. It would also be beneficial to include your phone contact in the event there were questions concerning the address.

Please do this as soon as possible so that we can keep you informed and you're able to vote on the contract.

Thank you,

Your Local 3642 E-board

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Local 3642 dresses up to support bargaining committee

Bargaining Began on Oct. 4, 2022

Local 3642 Members Sported their Red in Support