• Fellow Instructors:                                                                                                                            May 29, 2019

    It’s been an active month for your Board (Jerry Bradley, Mike Lucy, Joe Gautille and me) and Negotiating committee (Teak Biondo, Jeff Yeaton, and Sam Stoterau) as we commenced contract talks with the Company.  We’ve met for three days (23rd, 24th and 28th) and have multiple meetings planned for June. 

    As you may be aware, we’ve been working under contract language penned, for the most part, 25 years ago. Over those 25 years, the industry, equipment and regulatory environment have changed radically.  Consequently, we are anticipating a major re-write of many of the articles of the agreement.

    Thus far, both sides have worked genially and collaboratively and have agreed on language for six articles and the contract preamble.  Obviously, some of the more contentious issues (scheduling , pay, etc) will take a concerted effort on both parties part to be resolved. 

    In an effort to maintain focus on the task at hand and avoid “negotiating in public” both sides have committed to communicating progress in generalities and holding the specifics of any agreement until the entire document has been tentatively agreed upon.   Those being said, look for both periodic written updates as well as video briefs on the TWU557.com web site. 

    Thank you for your continued input, patience and support.  If you have questions or suggestions please contact one of your Board representatives or contract negotiators. 

    Best regards from the Board and your Negotiators,