It appears that the Transport Workers Union presidents negotiating team approved a tentative agreement for maintenance and related workers by a very close 9-7 vote. (As was pointed out to me, the team was more than just local presidents.) 

Votes for    
Local Member Position
501, New York Vinnie Argentina At-large executive board member
505, San Francisco Robert Todd Automotive Mechanic
512, Chicago Paul Hildmann Recording secretary
513, Dallas/Fort Worth Don Dougherty Executive Board
514, Tulsa
John Hewitt Chairman, maintenance
514, Tulsa John Carlisle Chairman, plant maintenance
521, Detroit John Mizwa President
529, St. Louis Charlie Meyer President
590, Nashville Howard Blaydes President
Votes against    
Local Member Position
561, Miami Jorge Rojas President
561, Miami Eddie Suarez Section chairman
562, New York Bob Owens President
563, Chicago Paul McCormick President
564, Los Angeles John Ruiz President
565, Dallas/Fort Worth Gary Peterson President
567, Fort Worth Alliance Larry Pike President

The TWU announced Tuesday that it and American Airlines had reached a tentative agreement, with voting to be concluded by Aug. 8.

New York-based mechanic Chuck Schalk, vice president of Local 562, explained to me this morning why he’s voting against the agreement and why he thinks it’ll be voted down.

“It has a chance of passing, but we’re going to do everything we can to turn it down. It’s a sleight of hand. It’s a magician trick. The limited improvements they made were paid for by us. They didn’t do anything but move the money around,” Schalk said.

American said that the proposal reduces the cost-cutting by about $35 million. The company’s original proposals called for cutting $210 million in annual employee costs from maintenance and related employees, and $18 million from maintenance stock clerks.

Here is the pay proposal versus a previous one on the table.

Year Previous proposal Revised proposal
2012 2.6% 3.0%
2013 2.6% 3.0%
2014 2.6% 3.0%
2015 2.6% 3.0%
2016 1.5% 1.5%
2017 1.5% 1.5%
Cumulative 14.2% 16.0%

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