A Message from International VP Garry Drummond
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Teamsters seems to have forgotten what solidarity is all about. They are attacking the mechanics at American Airlines, just when they need support from the entire labor movement.
Management has used the bankruptcy process to cut jobs and benefits. This is no time for the Teamsters to divide the TWU mechanics and attempt to weaken their union.
Tell Teamsters President James Hoffa and Organizing Director Jeff Farmer to stop trying to tear apart the TWU mechanics and, instead, spend their resources to organize the millions of workers who don’t already have a voice on the job.
That's why I signed a petition to James Hoffa, Teamsters President and Jeff Farmer, Teamsters Organizing Director, which says:
"Stop trying to break the union of 10,000 mechanics at American Airlines, who are proud members of the TWU. This raid only serves to weaken the union while workers struggle with the American Airlines' bankruptcy and the corporate merger with US Airways.
We urge you to focus resources on organizing the unorganized, and winning good contracts for your members. With collective bargaining rights and the American middle class under attack, there are millions of unorganized workers who need the Teamsters’ help. We know that you are better than this. Please don’t let us down."
Will you sign the petition too? Click Here to add your name.
Int'l Vice President, ATD Director
Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
TWU Local 555 begins Informational Picketing and Leafleting in 16 cities in 12 States on March 28. CLICK HERE for the official press release. CONTRACT NOW
Voice of 555
The spring issue of the Voice of 555 is now in circulation. Also included in this issue is an important message from our Negotiations Economist Dan Akins. Be sure and check with your station reps for the latest issue or click HERE to view online.
Questions about mediation?
The Education Committee has posted informative publications on the entire process. Click Here to view.
Seniority Integration Q&A
Downloadable PDF Document - Air Tran Acquisition Seniority Integration Arbitration Award and Transition Details Questions and Answers.
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UNITY DAY MCI & ABQ
MCI Unity Day March 5, 2013.
ABQ Unity Day March 13, 2013
For the details and event posters please CLICK HERE
COLD WEATHER SAFETY ALERT
- Click HERE for ways to protect yourself during cold weather...
We are seeking to possibly change the make-up of the Election Committee for the Local and are soliciting expressions of interest for serving this Local in that capacity. The commitment is for a three year term and you will serve and be part of the committee that handles all elections. You must be a member in good standing to be considered. Please send in your expression of interest along with your professional resume for consideration. We will accept submissions starting January 2, 2013 and will continue to accept them until January 17, 2013. Fax your information to (214)358-6010 or CLICK HERE to e-mail.
Heat Advisories are in effect accross the country. Read the SAFETY ALERT and protect yourself from heat related injuries...
Voice of 555 Newsletter
The TWU Local 555 quarterly newsetter is now being distributed to all stations. Please see your local representative for a copy. You can also view an archive of past and present copies of the newsletter under the documents tab in the menu bar.
The Arbitrators have rendered their decision. Please click on the link above for the outline on how this decision will affect your seniority. Also available for download is the Arbitrators Ruling. (40 Page PDF file) Any further questions you may have click here to e-mail the Local Office
Safety Reporting System
Step by step Guide to making your work environment safe for everyone.
Choose your Alert: Log in and go to the negotiations page and choose which alert you want to receive during negotiations...
February Roll Off
Yes, its the time of year that we all appreciate. The February attendance point roll off as outlined in Article 23 of our contract is in full effect. Check your points with your supervisor and make sure your attendance points are where they are supposed to be. If you have any discrepancies that can not be resolved please make contact with your local station rep.
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
555 taking care of our brothers and sisters!
Life can change in a Heartbeat! A normal day at SFO, Ramp Agent Will Pierce finds himself making life altering decisions in the blink of the eye and saves the life of a fellow Brother Ramp Agent, Douglas Wong.This video was produced by the Media Department of SWA.
Your local office is seeking applicants for the position of Grievance Specialist. All interested individuals are encouraged to submit their resumes. For more information on the job requirements please click >HERE<. The deadline to submit your resume is 12/30/2011
Working Womens Committee
Stop by and visit the Working Womens Committee for some important messages. Click here and visit their page
Committees>Working Womens Committee
Posted July 14, 2011
With negotiations just a matter of days away here is a video from the AFL-CIO. All workers deserve to be heard.
Calling all Photographers
The web site needs more photos. We are looking for photos of the Membership in Action. Please submit photos from all departments. Check out the Photo Gallery Page for some inspiration, read the disclosure, and then submit them to the webmaster.
►The application for the 2011 TWU Scholarship Fund is now available. One currently enrolled student in each of the eight districts within the Local will be awarded $1000 dollars towards their education. For the official rules and regulations download the application from the link provided below. Deadline is May 31, 2011.
Safety Committee Members Wanted!!!
TWU Local 555 is looking to fill 2 positions on the TWU Local 555 Safety & Health Committee. Safety & Health Advisor Jesse Soto is accepting letters of Interest from TWU Local 555 members willing to serve on this committee. If you are interested in learning more about this postion within your union please click the following link. LINK EXPIRED
Questions on retirement? Meet Chuck Laterza, retirement specialist for TWU. He has the experience to answer all your retirement questions. Click here to go to the Life After Southwest page.
► The Safety Committee has conducted an audit of the Wireless Head Sets for the pushbacks. Click Here for more information.
Air Tran Acquisition Update #2
Read the latest update from the Air Tran Acquisition
Click on the link above to read our second update regarding SWA's recent announcement to purchase Air Tran. Included in this update is an important note about seniority integration. Please read!
The Spring 2011 Voice of 555 is on its way to each station, but you don't have to wait until the printed copy has arrived. View the online version now!Spring Voice of 555
Workers are taking a stand in Wisconsin
2011 TWU Scholarship Award
Education Committee is seeking a new member...
Your Education Committee will be looking to add another member in the near future. Committee members are appointed by the chairperson, with the approval of the TWU 555 Local Executive Board. Appointments are for two years. Since the appointment we are going to fill is to replace a vacancy, our next committee member will be in his/her position until April 14, 2012. We are looking for someone who will hold that minimum commitment and has the ambition to continue on with union service.
If you are interested in becoming the next member of the TWU 555 Education Committee, please submit a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, February 21. In the letter, you may include any or all of the following:
1. Why you want to be a member of the Education Committee
2. Union experience
3. Any other experience you may consider relevant (e.g. computers, graphic arts, public speaking, focused research projects, etc.)
4. Any strengths and/or weaknesses you see in our membership as a whole and how you’d like to see it dealt with