Looking back to last Thanksgiving to now, to say this past year has been difficult would be a tremendous understatement. This time last year we were faced with a reduction in force, and much uncertainty with the pandemic. And although it has been an arduous year, there are many things that have happened in our Local that I am thankful for.
November 12, 2021
TO: TWU AA Locals 501 - 591
RE: M&R Membership
Dear Brothers & Sisters:
Over the last few months, I have had several conversations with the Local Presidents from Locals 514, 567, and 591, as well as two additional face-to-face meetings with the M&R Presidents and Vice Presidents to evaluate the best pathway forward.
"FAA lacks effective oversight controls to ensure American Airlines’ corrective actions for maintenance non-compliances addressed root causes. According to FAA guidance, FAA inspectors should collaborate with the air carrier to correctly identify and fix the root cause(s) of deviations or non-compliances. However, in 171 of 185 (92 percent) of cases we sampled, FAA inspectors accepted root cause analyses by the air carrier that did not identify the true root cause of the problem. Furthermore, FAA closed compliance actions before the air carrier implemented its corrective actions. FAA’s oversight controls are also not effective for evaluating if American Airlines’ SMS sufficiently assesses and mitigates risk. FAA requires American Airlines to use its SMS to determine the level of risk associated with maintenance non-compliances. However, we found that FAA inspectors did not routinely or consistently evaluate whether the carrier adequately and effectively assessed and rated risks. This is in part because FAA did not provide its inspectors with comprehensive training and tools for overseeing and evaluating the carrier’s SMS."