Neutral Javits Issues Initial Integrated Seniority Lists at American Airlines

Sisters and Brothers,

The TWU-IAM Association today announced that Neutral Joshua Javits issued his Report and Recommendations and initial integrated seniority lists for the Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores work groups at American Airlines.

In June, the Association retained the services of Neutral Javits, former Chairman of the National Mediation Board and member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the Association’s Seniority Integration Committee’s work and to resolve identified issues and differences that required expert attention to reach a fair and equitable integration of seniority lists. Neutral Javits’ Report and Recommendations and initial integrated seniority lists—created in accordance with earlier seniority integration agreements—reflect this comprehensive analysis and explain how the seniority lists are integrated.

During the fact-finding stage of Neutral Javits’ comprehensive analysis, TWU-IAM Association members submitted 836 detailed comments. Additionally, Neutral Javits met with and received remarks from the TWU-IAM negotiators and the Seniority Integration Committee. All of these comments were carefully deliberated by Neutral Javits and guided how he grappled with the more intricate and highly complex aspects of the seniority integration process.

Integrating seniority lists is the most important issue that affects our membership in an airline merger. The TWU-IAM Association and Neutral Javits have undertaken this seniority integration process with great care and deliberation so that all Association members at American Airlines are treated fairly and equitably.

All Association members will have until February 10, 2017 to protest in writing his or her placement on the initial integrated seniority lists in accordance with the process and requirements set forth in the accompanying communication from Neutral Javits. All protests must be received on or before February 10th. Final integrated seniority lists will be issued after all protests are considered.

Visit www.usaamerger.com to view the Javits Report and Recommendations, the Report Summary and Chart with instructions on how to file a protest and all initial integrated seniority lists.

Workers’ Compensation Questions and Answers

Q. I got hurt on the job.  what should I do?

A. Inform a supervisor as soon as possible. If it is an emergency, seek medical attention immediately. make sure you fill out an accident report and then notify the injury counselor.

Q. I got hurt on the job but I dont think I need medical attention and do not plan to miss work. What should I do?

A. Inform your supervisor,fill out an accident report and then notify an injury counselor. If at a later time you feel that you do need to miss work because of the injury you must contact your injury counselor.

Q. What are the responsibilities of the injury counselor?

A. The most important duties of the injury counselor include helping you to get prompt,high quality medical treatment, and obtaining medical restrictions, so that you can return to work on transitional duty, or full duty, as quickly as medically possible.

Q. What are the steps of the insurance claim.

A. After filling out the injury report with the supervisor, it is the companies responsibility to send the report to the insurance company within 24 hours. After the insurance company receives and reviews the claim they have 14 days to inform you in writing if your claim has been accepted or denied. If accepted then the insurance company must, for 180days pay your claim with prejudice, meaning that within that time frame they have a right to have you be seen by there own Doctor for an evaluation. If for any reason the Insurance companies Doctor (IME) says that you can return to work full duty or Transitioanl duty, the insurance company is required to notify you by certified mail giving you a 7 days notice that your workers compensation payments are going to stop or be modified. If the IME returns you to work on transitional duty and you feel that you are unable to return with those restrictions, then you can apply for family leave so that you can remain off work until your own Doctor returns you to full duty without restrictions. At anytime during your injury, if the insurance company returns you to work and you want to contest that, you will need to file with the workers compensation department. If at anytime after the 180 days of paying your claim, the insurance company can not stop or modify your claim without having a consiliation hearing with you and an official from the state workers compensation department. 

Long Term Disability

Here is some information when filing a Long Term Disability claim.

You are eligible for LTD after being out of work for 6 months or more even if you are out due to an Injury on Duty(ID). Normally you should start the LTD paperwork around 4 months of being out of work so that when the 6 month waiting period is over you can start collecting your LTD benefit.

You are also entitled to collecting Social Security disability when out of work due to illness or Injury. You should contact your local Social Security department for the proper forms. If you are turned down for Social Security disability, you should always appeal the denial.

Here are some advantages of appealing the denial.

  • If the LTD policy contains the cost-of-living increase provision,your monthly LTD benefits will not reduce due to a Social Security cost of living increase.
  • If receiving Social Security disability, your earnings record will be frozen thereby protecting your old age benefit during the years that you are unemployed because of a disability
  • If you are receiving Social Security disability for more than 24 months you may be eligible for medicare.