Covid-19 Crisis Update Video with TWU International President John Samuelsen
City by city, industry by industry, TWU members are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 fight nationwide.
Please watch today's video message from TWU International President John Samuelsen on our union's tireless efforts to support our members in this global crisis.
March 27, 2020
Implementation Agreement Reached
The Association and American Airlines have reached an agreement covering implementation of certain elements of the JCBAs. The following items cover pay, retirement and certain benefits that are most important to our membership:
March 26, 2020
TWU-IAM Ratifies New Contracts at American Airlines
The TWU-IAM Association today announced its American Airlines membership overwhelmingly ratified contracts covering more than 30,000 Mechanic & Related (including Maintenance Control Technicians & Maintenance Training Specialists), Fleet Service and Material Logistics Specialists/Stores members.
March 18, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update - Government Affairs
Dear Local Presidents,
As we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to update you on the efforts our government affairs team have undertaken to protect TWU members’ health, safety, and jobs.
Voluntary Leave of Absence Option for 2020
Dear Tim and Mike:
We are pleased the Company and the Association have been able to come to an
agreement regarding a voluntary leave of absence (VLOA) option for eligible Association
represented employees for 2020.
March 7, 2020
Association Concluding JCBA Review
This week, TWU-IAM Association representatives continued the process of reviewing tentatively agreed to Joint Contract language. Late Friday evening, the Executive Committee finalized the remaining documents necessary to put the contracts together for membership review, before ballots are cast.
In the last few days, there’s been a lot of discussion on the company stating they are purchasing thermometers and checking employees temperature in some locations. Is this legal? Can the employer require this? These questions answered along with more detailed information listed below in the following links.
Employers can screen workers, applicants for fevers, EEOC says
SARS-CoV-2 stability similar to original SARS virus.
The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects. The study information was widely shared during the past two weeks after the researchers placed the contents on a preprint server to quickly share their data with colleagues.
The findings affirm the guidance from public health professionals to use precautions similar to those for influenza and other respiratory viruses to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Health officials say coronavirus tests will ramp up nationwide this week
Vice President Mike Pence and other health officials said two factors will allow them to increase testing capacity dramatically in coming days: Some 2,000 labs coming online across the nation to process tests and high throughput tests that can be used for drive-through or walk-up test centers.
Admiral Brett P. Giroir, assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said gear and federal health care workers would being shipping out Monday.
Health officials said they were focusing those tests on two groups: Healthcare workers and first responders as well as those who are 65 and older with a respiratory symptom and a fever of at least 99.6 degrees. The officials implored Americans to help prioritize those two groups.
– John Fritze and David Jackson
CDC recommends against gatherings of 50+ people for eight weeks
"This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus," the CDC wrote on its website. "This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials."
The guidance notes it "does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses," however those types of organizations are closing nationwide.
"Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing," the CDC wrote. "When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual."
– Jordan Culver
March 18, 2020
RE: Coronavirus update - Government Affairs
Dear Local Presidents,
As we continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to update you on the efforts our government affairs team have undertaken to protect TWU members’ health, safety, and jobs. Below is a summary of what our government has done and what we are asking them to consider on behalf of TWU members. We are encouraging all TWU members join this fight by calling their U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 and demanding they pass a pro-worker coronavirus relief bill immediately.
Congress has discussed tackling the coronavirus in three phases. On March 6, the President signed into law phase one: $8.3 billion in spending for public health costs associated with the coronavirus. This spending is now reaching public health departments and research facilities working on a vaccine.
Phase two was passed by the House of Representatives on March 16: a bill focused on personal health. This bill (HR 6201) is currently awaiting action by the Senate and includes the following provisions. - Federally funded free testing for individuals who may have been exposed to the coronavirus - $1 billion for states to better administer unemployment insurance claims Private sector workers at large companies have been exempted from the paid leave requirements. TWU has been fighting to broaden these provisions to include ALL workers. We have also been fighting to include an emergency temporary standard from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This standard would require employers to implement new, more stringent safety standard for workers in the areas most likely to be exposed to the virus – including transportation workers. Unfortunately, both of these provisions were removed at the last minute at the request of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.
The House and Senate are now constructing an economic stimulus package for the industries most effected by the drop in demand due to the
virus – specifically for airlines. This bill may be introduced as soon as today (March 18).
The TWU is working with Congress to get $58 billion for airline workers. This money would come with significant restrictions and federal oversight to ensure that workers receive these funds. TWU is asking that any airline that accepts this money: - Direct all of it to frontline workers - Be prohibited from breaking union contracts through bankruptcy for at least five years following the end of federal assistance - Be prohibited from increasing executive compensation, buying back stock, outsourcing work, or lobbying against worker protections at any level of government for at least 5 years following the end of federal assistance
TWU has coordinated with the other aviation unions in these efforts. Together, we are asking for Congress to move as quickly as possible to get this money into the system and into workers’ pockets.
If you have any questions on the ongoing legislative fight, please contact Zack Tatz, Director of Government Affairs, at ZTatz@twu.org.
Mike Mayes TWU International Administrative Vice President Air Division Director
U.S. Department of Labor Offers Guidance For Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
“Protecting the health and safety of America’s workforce is a key component of this Administration’s comprehensive approach to combating the coronavirus,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “This guidance outlines practical ways that employers and workers can address potential health risks from the coronavirus in their workplaces.”
This guidance is part of the Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts to educate the workers and employers about the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition to the guidance, OSHA recently launched a COVID-19 webpage that provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers, and is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from novel coronavirus, as well as conducting outreach activities.
The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, including effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs has also published guidance for federal employees and outlines Federal Employees’ Compensation Act coverage as it relates to the novel coronavirus.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The Department’s Reasonable Accommodation Resource Center converts departmental information and documents into alternative formats, which include Braille and large print. For alternative format requests, please contact the Department at (202) 693-7828 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (federal relay).
Dear 591 Members ,
The TWU continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The disease originated in Wuhan, China, and has since reached 37 international locations, including cases in the United States. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that person-to-person spread will continue to occur and new cases will most likely be identified over the coming days and weeks.
Efforts by the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), and others are focused on containing the spread and mitigating the impact of the virus, including multi-layered efforts to limit introductions of the virus to the United States.
As part of the response, the U.S. government suspended entry of foreign nationals who have been in China within the past 14 days and instituted extensive screening, health monitoring, and possible quarantining for U.S. citizens and residents who have visited parts of mainland China over the past two weeks. The CDC has also issued a notice to avoid all nonessential travel to China, while the Department of Homeland Security has been redirecting all flights from China and all passengers who have visited China to 11 airports throughout the United States with increased health screening capability.
In the meantime, there are steps that people can take to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventative actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
We will continue to share the latest information from the CDC as it becomes available.
Dr Mark Zablotsky brought this video to our attention, which features Dr Peter Lin explaining how the coronavirus spreads and what we must do to protect ourselves.
Coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper respiratory illnesses like the common cold. Occasionally, they can cause lower respiratory tract illnesses like pneumonia or bronchitis –but this is more common with people who have underlying health conditions that have weakened their immune system.
: CDC Guidance https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
American remains in constant contact with the experts on disease control including the CDC and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) as well as the FAA and CBP (Customs & Border Protection) to get updates and guidance on this evolving situation. We are committed to following recommendations from the CDC on preventing the spread of Coronavirus which can be found at www.cdc.gov.
: What’s American Doing
We are in close contact with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), CDC and public health officials, and will coordinate with them on any required health-and safety-related measures.
•As of Jan. 23, we proactively provisioned additional hand sanitizer wipes in the Flight Attendant Service kit on all departures to Shanghai, China (PVG); Beijing, China (PEK); and Hong Kong (HKG). Supply levels will be monitored in the U.S. and at PEK, PVG and HKG. We will replenish if needed.
•In addition, based on CDC recommendations that hand washing is the most effective prevention, we will continue to provision departures gates to PVG, PEK and HKG, as well as Federal Inspection Service (FIS) and arrival gates, with additional hand sanitizer wipes.
•We also have a travel notice in place onaa.com/travelalerts.
You should take normal precautions to protect yourself including:
•Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Covering with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
•Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Use American Airlines approved chemicals.
If you feel sick with cold-like symptoms, seek medical care and avoid contact with others. For more information about the coronavirus, visit theCDC’s website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Reach out to Dr. Stan Miller, our Corporate Medical Director, at Stanley.Miller@aa.com.