When we vote in our upcoming representation election at American Airlines, mechanics and related will have two official options to choose from: Teamsters or TWU. When it comes to union democracy, strength, craft focus and independence from management, there are vast differences between the Teamsters and the TWU.
Many of the TWU’s favorite talking points in their campaign to deny us Teamster representation are blatantly untrue. But in its desperation, the TWU continues to propagate these lies as facts. Like saying the world is flat, the TWU insists we will lose our equity stake when we change representation – we won’t. They say Teamsters outsourced work to China at UAL – they didn’t. And they continue to try to scare us about our pension. Click here to get the facts (No Bull – Just the Truth) and here (You WILL Get the 4.8% Equity Stake).
After he drove American Airlines into bankruptcy and ran its workforce over the coals with deep cuts and lost jobs, the company has the audacity to reward CEO Tom Horton with an outrageously excessive $20 million severance package. That money is coming out of our pockets! And what’s more infuriating is that the TWU is silent on this injustice. But that’s not stopping us from raising hell.
After enduring years of weak IAM representation at United Airlines, Joe Foley, a 26-year mechanic out of ORD, had enough. He quickly became active in a campaign to replace the IAM with AMFA – he felt AMFA’s exclusive craft focus would mean better representation. But after five more years of concessions and massive outsourcing under AMFA, Joe lost his faith in AMFA and in unions altogether – until he saw the Teamster difference.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane has approved the “disclosure statement” that includes a $20 million severance package for American Airlines CEO Tom Horton. Bankruptcy law prohibits severance payments greater than ten times the amount awarded to non-management employees. U.S. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis is taking a stand and pushing back against Horton’s severance. But the TWU has remained silent. Forbes contributor Richard Finger urges us to speak out against this outrage. Read the article here.