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The American Airlines Retirees Committee (AMRRC) was formed by the retirees of American Airlines, for the retirees, to provide representation for all work groups at American Airlines past, present, or future.. As an organization, we will create the affiliations and partnerships necessary to gather the communication and education needed to ensure each and every retiree’s interests are protected. We are committed to being one voice for many faces.
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By now all American Airlines Group retirees should have received a letter dated January 14, 2014 from the new AAL management under the signature of Elise Eberwein noticing us formally of the planned changes to the AAL travel program for both active and retired employees. AAL is now a huge airline made up of numerous former airlines, with quite different travel policies from these former brands. The new management team seems intent on moving at mach speed to speed to merge long standing policies & practices from distinctly different airlines into one plan that takes away travel benefits for most. At this point the new management team seems to be pleasing few of the stakeholders.
Whether you are a current AAL retiree or plan to be a retiree one day, this announced travel policy will downgrade your retirement package. If you are concerned about this fact we urge you to act quickly. There is no doubt personal letters to those who have the ability to right this wrong have the most impact. The implementation date(s) are in the weeks ahead - many voices speaking out together can make a real difference.
To help you develop your own personal letters you will find copies of both actual retiree/active employee letters on this site as well as sample letters that you can make your own. Once you have written your own letter urge others to do the same.
The new AAL's corporate governing board will be meeting in the DFW area (date has not been announced) in the early spring. If you are one of the many retiree stock holders you should watch for your notice of this upcoming meeting. Prior to that time your personal letter should be directed to these dozen individuals who could certainly impact any future changes to the AAL travel system for active & retired employees. You will find their names & addresses on this site.
We are listening to your concerns and we appreciate your offers of involvement. This week a number of new retiree activists met in the DFW area working toward future communications strategies. Clearly the people most impacted by this announced policy change are willing to step forward and seek a solution.
Ironically the proposed changes to this new policy seem to have the most benefits for new employees or future employees. We believe focusing benefits on new employees rather than living up to an 80-year policy that benefits long time employees is questionable at best and less than loyal to those who gave many decades to a proud airline at the least.
If the primary purpose is getting commuters to work there are potential solutions without under-valuing the long time loyalty of those who came before. A question one might ask is will this be the new practice for this new airline? Taking away long promised and negotiated benefits should be a concern to all.
We ask those of you reading this update to help us challenge these proposed changes to our travel benefits. Help us offer solutions that will restore what was the clear understanding for so many employees as they signed their retirement papers. Today, others are considering planning their dates for retiring – the question is will this proposed policy change alter their decision to retire?
We ask that you send of copies of the letters you forward to senior management and the corporate board of directors. If you were a member of a union let your union leadership have copies as well. This volunteer retiree organization represents all workgroups & we hope to be a catalist for management's reconsideration of these proposed changes. We have asked and we will continue to ask why alter a system that has worked well for all the stakeholders for over 80 years?
AAL's new management team has received much press about using an 'employee friendly' approach. But in this case huge decisions have been made without employee input. Management's January 14, 2014 'notice letter' has acknowledged they have already heard from “many” voices with questions and concerns about this announcement. We ask that management listen to the voices of the employee/retiree stakeholders by working in partnership to seek a solution in the best interest for all.
We hope you will join us in taking action. Continue to check for further updates on this AA retiree site. You may officially join our efforts by becoming a member of AMRRC . Let us know if you have suggestions and/or want to be more involved in our efforts.
On Thursday, February 13, from 7pm to 9pm central time, you may join the discussion during a live on-line chat moderated by AMRRC Chair Paul Mazzara. You can join this on-line discussion by logging onto www.rbassociation.com .