There has been a question raised by some members about whether the trade off of profit sharing for the 4.3% base pay increase was a good deal. It's been claimed that the 4.3% raise is not worth as much as the so called 5% profit sharing program.
No profit sharing program has put a cent in our members’ pockets in 12 years. This is because AA hasn’t made a profit since 2000. To put it simply, the TWU gave up nothing in order to get our members a significant raise.
5% profit sharing does not mean a 5% pay raise. Under the program, if the company earns a profit each year, 5% of that profit will be distributed among the employees as a lump sum. Even if the company earns a billion dollars, 5% of profit sharing would be $50 million, and would produce a onetime bonus payment to the average TWU member of about $625. Compare this to the 4.3% GUARANTEED ANNUAL INCREASE THAT PAYS (AMTs) $1.20 per hour, or over $2,500 per year. Also remember that in order for a member to receive the same profit sharing payment the following year, the company would AGAIN have to earn a huge profit. In the meantime, the 4.3% pay increase is always there, compounding as new percentage increases are added each year and also compounding the value of overtime and 401k payments.
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TWU President Announces New Merger Transition Agreement For TWU Workers at American Airlines. Ground Workers Could Get an Immediate 4.3 Percent Raise if American Merges with US Airways. The Memorandum of Understanding explains the details. Read the MOU here. read more...
September 24, 2013
The Court conducted the thirty-sixth omnibus hearing today. The main item on the agenda was a pretrial conference in the case of Fjord v. AMR Corporation, Adv. Pro. No. 13-1392. The plaintiffs in this action allege antitrust violations under section 7 of the Clayton Act. This is a separate action from the one brought by the Department of Justice and the Attorneys General pending in the District Court in Washington D.C.. After extensive argument the Court determined that the District Court action should be heard and determined first, with this private action proceeding after the District Court has rendered a ruling. In the event of a settlement of the District Court action, the parties are to return to the Bankruptcy Court to discuss scheduling.
October 02, 2013
Transport Workers Seek a Seat at the Table in US Airways/American Airlines Merger Case
Case will go forward despite government shutdown
Washington, DC - Oct 2, 2013 – The Transport Workers Union has taken legal action in federal court to protect the jobs, pay and benefits of its members, TWU President Harry Lombardo said today.
The TWU, Lombardo said, is seeking intervenor status in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) against the proposed merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways. The case will go forward despite the current government shutdown, under terms of an order issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.