Brothers and Sisters,
As the long hot summer is officially over, I just want to say what a fantastic job our Members have done throughout our Local. You have all worked under adverse conditions with a lack of manpower and extreme heat. In addition to dealing with mandatory overtime in some of our cities, with it still continuing in CLT. The mandatory overtime is due to American Airlines struggling to hire quality employees, just like many other companies in our country right now. The September and October bookings are slightly lower but passengers will definitely be back for the upcoming Holiday Season.
There's been a lot of talk about President Biden's vaccine mandate. It is still unknown what stance American Airlines will take in regards to those mandates. American strongly encourages all employees to get the vaccination, rewarding those that do with an extra day of vacation and a $50 bonus. Keep in mind, the new vaccination window to get the incentive closes October 1, 2021. The Delta variant seems to be slowing down nationwide but is still a concern. I ask that all Members follow company policy: wear your mask indoors and please social distance. Let's help to keep our families safe as well as our coworkers.
The TWU International just held the 26th Constitutional Convention from September 13th through the 17th. The convention was held at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. Congratulations to International President John Samuelsen's team, which includes Alex Garcia (International Executive Vice President), Jerome Lafragola (International Secretary-Treasurer), Curtis Tate (International Administrative Vice President) and Mike Mayes (International Administrative Vice President) ran unopposed and will lead the TWU International for the next four years. The Local 510 Board Members attended the convention. It was a very uplifting experience to see the strength of the Transport Workers Union and to understand what goes on behind the scenes to fight for the Membership on a daily basis.
I know I have spoken about this before, but there is a lot of new technology coming at us quickly. From the Bidding Hub, the Vacation Bidding Hub to My Time Absence reporting and Rover Application. Some people like the new procedures and some people do not. Unfortunately for those that do not like the new systems, this is a sign of our times and we have to work our way through it.
It is almost October and that means that it's almost Open Enrollment time. Please be sure to look at your benefits and decide if you need to make any changes. Make sure to do your research on JetNet. In the past, a mailer has been sent out so be on the lookout for that. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me or Thomas Foster in ATL.
In regards to the Allocator Arbitration decision, I expect and hope we will hear of the decision by the end of September. I know the Membership is anxious to find out so that we can move forward, Your patience is appreciated.
The Locat has ordered calendars, hats and masks for the Membership. They will be delivered to the Section Chairman in each city. You should expect delivery within the next couple of weeks.
STAY TWU STRONG
President Local 510