May 18, 2017
To the Membership of Local 591:
As AMT Day 2017 nears, we are asking our members to think about the irony of celebrating such a day when we have been engaged in negotiations for over a year. After hearing from many members who have said it would send the wrong message if we celebrated the day with American’s management team, since we have not reached a JCBA. Local 591 believes that it would be best in our best interest to request that American donate any food, they were going to provide to our members, to future AMT’s. We have asked American to make a food donation to a local aviation training school or local food bank, on behalf of the TWU Local 591 membership, in each of our locations. In Dallas, we have asked that the donation be made to the Aviation Maintenance Academy on behalf of the member’s of TWU Local 591, jointly with Local 567. Since the school is smaller than the number of meals our members would have received, we are asking that American Airlines donate the rest of the food to an area food bank on behalf of both Local 567 & 591.
TWU Local 591 believes that we must stop allowing management to think that a simple meal is enough to meet our member’s needs, while we continue to negotiate for a JCBA. We have been in contact with the IAM and Local 514 as well and they will speak for their member’s in their stations. It seems apparent that the more we all do collectively, in the spirit of unionism, the sooner American’s management team will realize that the majority of our members are fed up with the time it is taking to reach a JCBA.
We never want to take a meal from our members, but we feel that celebrating AMT Day with American would be hypocritical at this point of negotiations, and as a sign of solidarity we ask you to join us while our negotiating team fights for the JCBA. Also, by asking American to donate the meals to those future AMT’s who may one day work for American, we are introducing them to what a fraternal organization like TWU stands for.
We thank you and appreciate your support, as unionists, by joining together in celebration of our AMT members - on AMT Day; and as we negotiate towards the JCBA our members so rightfully deserve.
AMT Day 2017 Presidents Letter 5-18-17.pdf