Union Updates

American Airlines updated policy
Glove and Mask Policy
Gloves
Although the CDC doesn’t recommend using gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re adjusting our policy on a short-term basis to allow agents to bring and wear their own solid-colored, non-latex gloves. Some important reminders:
· Gloves are not medically recommended because COVID-19 can be spread when someone touches a contaminated surface, with or without gloves, and then touches one’s face, eyes, nose or mouth without washing hands or using hand sanitizer
· Team members should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after removing gloves
· The CDC recommends changing gloves every 30 minutes
Note About Glove and Wipe Supply:
Effective today, March 17th, additional gloves and hand sanitizers have been provisioned for crew use on all flights. Due to limited supply, caterers and cabin cleaners will not be able to fulfill callbacks for additional or missing items. Knowing this, please do not provide additional sanitizing wipes or gloves if requested; crew members should use the items that have been provisioned for them.
Masks
At this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, airport team members are temporarily permitted to wear masks until further notice.
As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that wearing a mask is not effective at protecting someone from obtaining the coronavirus. In fact, it’s likely that wearing a mask may result in more frequent touching of the face, nose and eyes, which increases the chance of transmission. However, wearing a mask for someone who is ill, coughing and sneezing can help to prevent the spread of many viruses in respiratory droplets.

A message from President Shelton on the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Brothers and Sisters,

I know that each and every one of you has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is unprecedented, and CWA members are on the front lines doing the work necessary to keep people informed, connected, and safe during this difficult time.

We are devoting every available resource to make sure that employers are doing everything possible to protect and support CWA members during this pandemic. Over the past few weeks, District, Sector, and Division Vice Presidents have been contacting all of our employers to request detailed information about their health and safety precautions, sick leave accommodations, and plans for continuity of pay. They have been making sure that existing collective bargaining agreements are followed and negotiating additional protections to address the special challenges that you are facing in this rapidly changing environment. This early engagement spurred many employers to take a variety of precautionary measures and get prepared for the onslaught of the pandemic.

Unfortunately, while CWA has established agreements with many of our employers, many companies are failing to update front-line managers about new sick leave and safety protocols. While some employers have been proactive by working with CWA in setting up enhanced safety procedures, others have not taken necessary action. We are following up to identify and resolve these problems.

Our legislative and political teams are also keeping their eye on the larger picture. Federal, state, and local governments are moving quickly to address the crisis. Sadly, even during times like this that demand national unity, some corporations are instructing their lobbyists to resist programs that would provide immediate help to working people and retirees and lay the groundwork for a recovery that includes everyone, not just the 1%.

We are also frequently updating the resources on our COVID-19 information page at cwa.org/covid-19. There you will find information on what to do if you believe that your working conditions are unsafe and links to reliable sources of information about the virus. In the coming days, we will be posting best practices recommendations for different types of work and information about the policies that specific employers have implemented.

Conditions vary across the country and are changing constantly. Your local leadership will have the most up-to-date information on policies in place at your work location. If you have a question and are unable to contact your steward or local officers, there is a link on our COVID-19 information page where you can submit a question that we will route to the appropriate person for response.

While we have many difficult months ahead of us, I know that we will do what we do best – take care of each other, make sure our health and safety is protected on the job, and fight for legislative and political change that puts working people first.


Chris Shelton

p.s. Please note that CWA National, District, Sector, and Division staff are also following social distancing guidelines in order to do our part in stopping the spread of this virus. Although most of our office buildings are closed, we have implemented a work-from-home plan that allows us to continue functioning at full capacity. Larger meetings have been postponed and smaller meetings have been moved to audio- and video- conferencing platforms.

To: CWA Local 3645 Members

Subject:  Updates 

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with American, Piedmont, and Envoy to ensure that they are providing CWA agents with comprehensive safety and prevention measures and to ensure they are following our collective bargaining agreements.

We wanted to provide you with an update on recent developments.

On March 6, the company agreed to relax the rules regarding wearing gloves as follows:

  • Although the CDC does not recommend using gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the company is adjusting its policy on a short-term basis to allow agents to bring and wear their own solid-colored, non-latex gloves.
  • Some important reminders: Gloves are not medically recommended because COVID-19 can be spread when someone touches a contaminated surface, with or without gloves, and then touches one’s face, eyes, nose, or mouth without washing hands or using hand sanitizer.
  • If you choose to wear gloves, remember to remove them carefully to avoid contaminating yourself and/or clothing.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after removing the gloves.
  • The CDC recommends changing gloves every 30 minutes.

The company has agreed to make hand sanitizer readily available at every work location.

We have asked management to relax the attendance policy, and so far American has agreed to review requests on a case-by-case basis. We are still discussing this issue with the other airlines.

To date, there has been no reference to a possible furlough during our regular discussions with management.

The company is using Jetnet as its primary method of communication with employees about what is a very fluid situation, so be sure to check Jetnet regularly for the latest updates.

In the meantime, CWA's Health and Safety Department has established a process for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, contact your healthcare provider immediately and notify your supervisor. Please report any instance of infection to CWA's Airline Council by sending an email message to [email protected].

In unity,

Richard Honeycutt
Vice President, CWA District 3
Director, CWA Airline Council

Message from AA about COVID-19

Airport team members,

Following up on the letter Doug and Robert sent yesterday, I want to reiterate that your safety and well-being, and that of our customers, is always our top priority. Coronavirus (COVID-19) creates a complex and dynamic situation, and it’s important that you are aware of the actions we’re taking. We’re basing these decisions on facts provided by the best experts in this field, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of State and public health officials.

Doug and Robert touched on our corporate response, including demand-based schedule reductions, change fee waivers, aircraft cleaning and sanitation standards, and direct participation in COVID-19 discussions with the White House. Here are some additional airport-focused updates and reminders to ensure we’re operating safely for you and our customers.

• Our leaders are working directly with airport authorities and janitorial partners to ensure work areas are cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule• We’re doing all possible to secure sufficient quantities of hand sanitizer to have available at our ticket counters and gates

• The CDC doesn’t recommend using gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, we’re adjusting our policy on a short-term basis to allow agents to bring and wear their own solid-colored, non-latex gloves. Some important reminders:

o Gloves are not medically recommended because COVID-19 can be spread when someone touches a contaminated surface, with or without gloves, and then touches one’s face, eyes, nose or mouth without washing hands or using hand sanitizer.

o If you choose to wear gloves, remember to remove them carefully to avoid contaminating yourself and/or clothing.

o Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after removing the gloves.

o The CDC recommends changing gloves every 30 minutes.

I want to stress how important it is that we share information with our customers and each other based on facts. Jetnet has a dedicated section with COVID-19 updates and frequently asked questions where you can go for the latest information. It has a link to the CDC website, and there is also a spot to ask your own questions. Please visit it and let us know what additional information you’d like to see.

I’m traveling this weekend and I want to thank you for the great service I see you delivering. You’re caring for our customers and your fellow team members during this difficult time, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team.

-        Several of Local 3645 Stewards attended the  Piedmont Quarterly Saftey meeting in PHL 

-        Local processed Dozens of  step 1 grievances in CLT and out stations   

-        Local officers and Area Representatives attended biannual meetings  MGM, HSV

-        Local Area Representatives visited multiple stations including  HSV

-        Local officers held station visits to PGV, GSP

-        Local held two system Boards in November  totaling 16 cases..

-        Local held bimonthly meeting with the Senior Ramp Manager in CLT.

-        Local conducted 8 new hire orientations in CLT.

-         Local held monthly system wide Shop Steward Call.

-       New Union Office has been leased

         In Unity  CWA Local 3645 Leadership team