Insure transparency during TWU/IAM Association's mediation negotiations with AA.

Insure transparency during TWU/IAM Association's mediation negotiations with AA.

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Jarrod Gillen started this petition to Transportation Workers Union International President John Samuelsen

Dear fellow TWU/IAM brothers and sisters,

     The reason we are writing this petition today is to help bring transparency and better communication during our prolonged negotiations with American Airlines to obtain a contract. As you all know these contract negotiations have been going on for almost 3 years now.

We are requesting that all our Union Presidents are allowed access to be present, not to have a voice in direct negotiations. We are requesting that our Local Union Presidents be given access to first hand information, not debriefed by the international. By being able to sit in during the active mediation meetings being held; this would allow 100% transparency for all members of the Association.


Seeking this very information and transparency is what our Unions are built on!

Our Union Presidents were invited to DFW for the first meeting of mediation by TWU International Vice President and Association Executive Committee member Gary Peterson. After arrival, the Union Presidents were instructed to wait in the lobby and that they would be debriefed after the meeting took place. After the meeting took place, none of the local Union Presidents were debriefed on what took place during mediation. There isn't any objective in inviting them if they are going to be forced to sit in the lobby. Inviting all of the Local Union Presidents only to have them sit in a hotel lobby all day is not only a large expenditure of Union funds but, it also portrays the false impression to their respected members that they are actually participating and responsible for whatever takes place behind those closed doors.

Our Presidents should not be the scapegoats for something they have no active role in!

How is this productive to getting all members of the Association up to date information? When confronted about why the Local Union Presidents were invited and left sitting in the lobby, the Association’s negotiation committee didn’t have an answer. Our Union Presidents deserve better than to be treated like children during these on going negotiations! If we don't change our course of action, these negotiations will go on for many, many more years . . .

We need to put an end to the way these negotiations are being negotiated by the Association's negotiating committee!

With that said, please join together and sign this petition seeking transparency. Our Local Union Presidents deserve much more respect than the Association has allotted them. Lets band together and change the course of the way these negotiations are headed by getting our direct Local Union Presidents the respect they deserve so they can bring back the transparency we all deserve.

I have designated the following hash tag #OperationMediation for this cause. So if you are reading this, please share it with the hash tag #OperationMediation so that all of our Union brothers and sisters can contribute to getting the word out there.

We all deserve better.

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