President Biden moved the deadline for states to make all adults eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine to April 19. To encourage employees to be vaccinated, American Airlines announced an incentive program that applies to all American Airlines Group employees based in the United States, including those at Envoy and Piedmont.
It’s been a year since the global COVID-19 pandemic began turning our industry and our lives upside down, and CWA airline agents have been on the front lines at stations across the country. Recently we had a chance to talk to some American and Piedmont agents who have been in the trenches, dealing with COVID-19 and other health and safety issues.
A total of 250 passenger service agents received scholarships from the CWA National Education and Training Trust CWA/NETT) in the past few months. The agents took advantage of the funds to pursue new knowledge and brush up on valuable skills.
A contract interpretation grievance was filed at DFW for improper overtime payments for HW for LAA agents on Jan 1 and Jan 18. Some agents worked over 12 hours on their HW and were only paid time and one half (1.5) pay.
The Article 2 change in control grievance settlement provides payments of $1000 for each LUS full-time employee and $500 for each part-time LUS employee who was on the payroll as of December 9, 2013, and remains on the payroll today.
Now that the American Airlines contract has been ratified, CWA and IBT have been meeting with the company to come to an agreement on the implementation. This will be done in phases, because the computer systems for American cannot be programmed to accommodate all the changes immediately.
With regard to the union’s Article 2-Change in Control grievance, the union settled the grievance with American Airlines for $5.2 million.
The American Airlines tentative agreement was ratified by members of the CWA/IBT Passenger Service Association. The vote was 6,993 in favor to 2,522 against. Voting was conducted by an independent third ​party.
We’ve just posted a new, more accessible “explainer” PDF that addresses some of the misinformation related to the Tentative Agreement.
Members of the Bargaining Committee are conducting tentative contract agreement explanation meetings in several locations. Not all members of the committee will be at all locations.