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April TWU 557 News

April TWU 557 News Update

As most members are aware, your TWU Executive Board and Negotiating Team members hosted a two-day open house this month to encourage members to visit the TWU office at 8500 Stemmons Freeway. In two days, over 50 members attended and shared their input and concerns about our upcoming contract negotiations. Many more have communicated via email, the TWU 557.org forum, and in personal conversations with our team members. The Executive board also presented a short slide briefing on the demographics of our Professional Instructor group. This was a sampling of the demographic data which members provided on our first survey conducted last year. The raw data produced an over whelming amount of professional information that defined our instructor and career professional qualifications. The survey data demonstrates who and what we bring to the table before we even begin to teach the Southwest Training product. Your negotiations team also spent another two days planning for our future negotiations. On April 10th, we met with the Company negotiators to discuss a formal data request and sign legal non-disclosure agreements based on the nonpublic information they presented. We made our data request in December of last year and the Company produced the data we requested, which took a great deal of time, manual effort, research, compilation and validation. As a result, both negotiating teams now have a starting point concerning the metrics of an agreement by using a similar set of data on a comparative basis.

Also, at the Union Open House a fellow instructor, Dave Cooksey, was recognized by the TWU 557 Executive Board with a personal letter and a small award. Dave was recognized for his past several years of work for the additional development and improvements he made in the Company’s Instructor Professional Development Course. Dave took over for retired instructor Greg Plants. We have also posted a letter written by Greg on TWU557.org (Pull-down menu Excellence, Professionalism) I recommend that all instructors read his letter. It says volumes on what we do as instructors at Southwest Airlines.

Dave Cooksey’s leadership, attention to detail and creativity helped new hire instructors get their feet on the ground and navigate their new world of instructing at Southwest Airline. When you see Dave, please thank him for his work in this area. Dave has recently passed on his duties to other instructors to carry on in this critical area for new instructor orientation and development.

The following letter was presented to Dave at the Open House:

April 8, 2019

Dave Cooksey

Dear Dave,

On behalf of the Executive Board of TWU 557 and all the Southwest Airlines Flight Crew Training Instructors, thank you for your dedication, knowledge, experience, and leadership while associated with the Instructor Development Course. Your skills and attention to detail helped transition new instructors to the world of Airline Training. Dispelling apprehension and the fear of the unknown goes a long way in helping each instructor get started. Your professionalism was exemplary.

Thanks for “A Job Well Done!”

Please continue to volunteer your skills to our group, we are grateful for your input.

Sincerely,

For the Executive Board and your fellow instructors,

Gerald H. Bradley

President TWU 557

Southwest Airlines Flight Crew Training Instructors

Your Union is on the verge of starting formal talks with the Company. We have several dates scheduled in May. (May 22,23,28) These talks constitute a beginning. Your negotiating Team has no intention of conducting a public negotiation. We must be able to represent your collective desires in a closed environment where issues can be discussed, vetted, and solutions explored. Only when mutual agreement has been obtained can we bring information and agreements to you for final approval. Please be patient. Our amendable date is December 31st of this year. A workable agreement will take time. We are currently working under a severely outdated agreement. It does not recognize how we are currently teaching. It needs great change. These changes will take hard work and time! You can help your team by being patient, understanding, and supportive. We will communicate and survey our group as needed during our talks.

Our mission will be complete when it is done. A viable agreement will not happen overnight. Your Trust and support are our collective strength!

For the Executive Board

Jerry

President

TWU 557

Flight Crew Training Instructors

March News Update: Election and Negotiations

Dear fellow instructors:                                                                   March 7, 2019

As of March 2 the nominations for Vice President and Member-at-large officially ended. Only one nomination was received which re-nominated both Joe Gautille (Member-at-Large) and Jim Baird (Vice President). The results of the event obviously reflect a vote of confidence by the membership. As we approach contract negotiations, we thank you for your confidence in the ability and intent of current board. It speaks loudly for the membership. Please congratulate Jim and Joe on their continued service to the membership.

In accordance with the TWU557 by-laws, uncontested positions do not require an election. So, to that end, we’ve saved both time and expense in not conducting a formal election. While this is a financial and efficiency benefit, please be mindful that uncontested elections don’t promote the democratic process and may have unintended consequences. In the future we encourage your participation.

As you may know, our current contract is amendable at the end of December this year. However, as is typically the case, the Company has asked us to come to the negotiating table early. In preparation, we’ve conducted two previous surveys and have another outstanding at the moment (open until March 15). Hopefully you’ve made your opinions known through the surveys and if you’ve yet to respond to the current survey, please do so before it closes. As mentioned, we’ve been asked to come to the table early and have established opening talks with the Company on May 21 with six days total days scheduled initially.

With that in mind, we’ve been busy in pre-negotiation planning and have devoted two days in February reviewing contract items with the Board and negotiating committee. Additionally, your negotiations team just completed a two-day session (March 5-6) with a member of the National Mediation Board reviewing/learning negotiating skills and practices. The team has constantly been preparing and training since June of 2018.

To continue to glean input and introduce our members to our new Office facility we’ve scheduled a two-day Union meeting/open house. We’ve set aside April 8 and 9 for members to drop by for breakfast or lunch and visit with your Board of Directors and negotiators. We’ll be available before your B period through pre D period. Plan on stopping in to discuss issues and have something to eat or drink.

As always, thank you for your service and continued input. Please continue to let us hear your issues and concerns.

For the Board

Jerry

Gerald H Bradley

President, TWU 557

             

Notice of Officer Nominations: Vice President and Member at Large

Ladies and Gentlemen:                                                                                                                                                  February 13, 2019                                              

In accordance with Article X, Section 2 of the TWU 557 by-laws, nomination for the offices of Vice President and Executive Board Member At-Large are open for a 15 day period (February 15 – March 2).  Both offices are for a three-year term and are open to any member in good standing.  After the close of the nominations, we will have a 15 day informational period prior to the opening of balloting March 17. 

Please consider who you would like to have representing your Union in these positions and make your nominations accordingly.  Each nomination must have signed and have a second to be valid.   If you would like to make a nomination, please download and print the attached nomination form and forward it  to TWU557 @ P.O. Box 543546, Dallas, TX 75354.  Only nominations received through the US mail and by the closing date can be considered.  

Thank you so much for your participation, get involved and let the democratic process work.  

Best regards,  

For the Board, Jim Baird

 

                                                                            

Ladies and Gentlemen:                                                    February 13, 2019

 

 

 

 

This is a copy of the form attached to individual emails.

In accordance with Article X, Section 2 of the TWU 557 by-laws, nomination for the offices of Vice President and Executive Board Member At-Large are open for a 15 day period (February 15 – March 2).  Both offices are for a three-year term and are open to any member in good standing.  After the close of the nominations, we will have a 15 day informational period prior to the opening of balloting March 17. 

Please consider who you would like to have serving in these positions and make your nominations accordingly.  Each nomination must have signed and have a second to be valid.  All nominations are to be mailed to the TWU557 @ P.O. Box 543546, Dallas, TX 75354

Nomination for the office of:

Vice President:

                                                                                                                                               

         

Member At-Large:

                                                                                                                                               

Submitted by:                                                         Second by:              

                                                                                                                                                            

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