Brothers and Sisters,
After a 97% NO VOTE on the Tentative Agreement on September 9th, 2016 TWU and Envoy Airlines entered into an Arbitration Hearing the first week of October.
Both parties TWU and Envoy Airlines appeared, represented by counsel and presented testimony and documentary evidence to the Arbitration Board.
Closing briefs from both parties were submitted on December 23, 2016 and after a long wait, the Arbitration Board awarded their decision of the Amendment Round Process March 21, 2017.
We all have been informed of their decision and feel the award was less than expected.
We shall be meeting with you the member's at our quarterly station meeting. I encourage each member to attend their station meeting, so we can discuss the award and answer any questions you may have.
The meeting dates are as follows:
April 10th – LAX
April 12th – DFW
April 14th – XNA
April 18th – SGF
April 19th – LIT
Check your Local Union Board for the meeting time's at your location.
President Local 576
As you know, the tentative agreement reached with Envoy Air in August was not ratified by the membership. TWU and the company jointly took the agreement to an Interest Arbitration Board to present evidence as to whether the current collective bargaining agreement should be adjusted. We agreed to abide by the Board’s decision, which would govern the rates of pay and other relevant terms for the remaining years of the contract.
That decision was released yesterday and the following are the items on which the Board ruled:
- Rates of pay: The 2 percent across the board increases on January 1, 2017, January 1, 2018, January 1, 2019, January 2, 2020 are awarded.
- Holiday Pay: Restore holidays to double time for all hours worked on a holiday and straight time pay for being off on the holiday are awarded.
- Personal Days Off: An additional eight (8) hours of paid time off is awarded. The company’s proposal to expand the list of Special Days requiring advance notice is accepted.
- Geographic Premium: The company’s proposal for introducing a geographic premium is accepted.
- Daily Overtime: The union’s proposal for restoration of daily overtime pay is rejected.
- Longevity Pay: The union’s proposal for introducing longevity premiums is rejected.
If you have any questions about the Board’s decision, please see your local officers.
Thank you for your patience as we went through this process.
The arbitration hearing was originally scheduled for March 7, 2017; however, our key witness was not available that day and so the parties have agreed to postpone the hearing.
We have reached out to the arbitrator for alternate dates and all parties have confirmed July 19 as the new hearing date.
While we would have preferred not to postpone the hearing, it was in our members’ best interests to delay so that this witness is fully available to us.
We appreciate everyone’s patience,
Brothers and Sisters,
The Envoy AMT & Related amendment round interest arbitration took place the week of October 3, 2016. Attorneys from each side submitted their post hearing briefs in December 2016 and the panel had 60 days to render a decision.
The Arbitration panel, Union and Company board members convened an executive session in late January to discuss the case. The Union and Company are now waiting for a draft decision from the panel. We are hopeful that this will occur in the next week or so. Once the parties review the draft decision and submit their opinions, comments and concerns to the Arbitrators, a final award shall be rendered.
Thank you for your support and patience.
Applications are now being accepted for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer fifteen (15) college-bound dependents of TWU members with a scholarship worth $4800.00. This scholarship will be paid out, per year in the amount of $1200.00 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four (4) year course.
We are grateful to have three additional scholarship contributors:
- Union Benefit Planners – eight (8) scholarships worth $2500.00 each
- M3 Technology – five (5) scholarships worth $2000.00 each
- Vincent Pitta in Memory of J. Brian Dugan – two (2) scholarships worth $2500.00 each
All of the above sponsored scholarships will be paid out in the first year, as a single scholarship. Please visit twu.org for an application and for additional information and rules, including eligibility requirements.
The deadline for all applications will be April 21, 2017; no applications postmarked after this date will be accepted – there will be no exceptions. Winners of the scholarships will be determined by a public drawing to be held in May. Winners will be notified by mail 5-7 days thereafter.