Our Mission Statement
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.
You're Invited to Williamsburg
The American Airlines Retiree Clubs and Organizations Committee and the Three Diamond Society have extended an invitation (see below) to all AA retirees (and future retirees) to attend a presentation by John McDonald, American Airlines Vice President - Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Thursday evening, April 10, 2014, in Williamsburg, Virginia, titled " The New American Airlines - An Update".
As retirees, it is important that we maintain an on-going relationship and dialogue with the Leadership of American Airlines.
We strongly encourage you to attend this presentation to learn more about the New American Airlines.
See you there!
Dear Fellow American Airlines Retirees and Members of the Three Diamond Society, The Grey Eagles, The Kiwi Club, Golden Wings, National Vanguards and the TWA Seniors Club,
On April 8 – 10, 2014, the Three Diamond Society will be hosting its Annual Convention in Williamsburg, VA. Thursday evening, April 10, 2014, Mr. John McDonald, American Airlines, Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, will be speaking on the topic “The New American Airlines – An Update”.
You and your fellow Retirees (including future Retirees) are invited to join us and be a part of this exciting evening.
This is one of the very first opportunities you will have to share your praises and concerns about the many challenges and changes, both short term and long term, impacting you as a Retiree. It’s also a great opportunity to show your on-going support and loyalty to the company to which you dedicated so many years of your life in making it the best airline in the world. And, today, many of you still support and promote American Airlines through your community involvement.
American Airlines has been granted permission to video Mr. McDonald’s remarks which are to be shared with Retirees throughout the American Airlines system. It is extremely important we maximize our attendance for this event. We strongly encourage you and your colleagues to accept our invitation and join us Thursday evening, April 10th.
Your official invitation accompanies this letter with an overview of the event, air and ground transportation information and details for making dinner / hotel reservations.
American Airlines Retiree Clubs and Organizations Committee
“The New American Airlines: An Update”
with John McDonald, American Airlines, Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Thursday evening - April 10, 2014 - 5:30PM Social Hour - 7:00PM Dinner
Hosted by The Three Diamond Society in association with The Grey Eagles, The Kiwi Club, Golden Wings, National Vanguards and The TWA Seniors Club
Mr. McDonald’s responsibilities include media relations, employee communications, social media, community relations, crisis management and all merger-related integration management communications. He has previously held corporate communications positions with - US Airways Group, United Airlines, General Motors, Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and Trans World Airlines where he began his airline career as a TWA flight attendant in the late 1980’s.
Richmond (RIC) from CLT, DFW, LGA, MIA, ORD and PHL Norfolk (ORF) from CLT, DFW, JFK, LGA, MIA, and PHL Newport News (PHF) from CLT, PHL
Rental Car (best rates via Jetnet)
Hotel Reservations: 1-800-HISTORY (447-8679)
Dinner Reservation (Required by Monday, April 7) - $47.96 per person.
Please make check payable to Three Diamond Society and send to Jock Bethune, 2209 Mediterranean Avenue, Arlington, TX 76011-2614
QUESTIONS? Please contact Jock Bethune at email@example.com 817-274-1792 home 817-723-6650 cell
The AMRRC has joined with other retiree groups and continues the campaign to try to generate letters to American Airlines management concerning the new travel policy announced on a January 2, 2014.
This week we are starting the Two Times Two Campaign in hopes of getting more letters and more awareness among retirees and active employees about the Company decision to devalue retiree travel in every category and aspect for current and all future AA retirees. We hope to get retirees and active employees to write two letters during the next two weeks and recruit two friends to also write two letters. The letters should ask that the company reinstate equity and parity in the travel policy between active employees and retirees as was the case in the travel policy prior to January 2, 2014 and as was the travel policy for retiree travel in the decades prior to this merger. AMRRC believes that it is imperative for the company to take input from retirees, unions, and employees concerning travel policy. Make sure the company hears your voice. Your future pass travel depends on it whether you are a current retiree or an active employee with dreams of traveling during your retirement years!
In addition, we are asking that everyone, both retirees and active employees who value future retirement travel send a copy of their letters both to senior management and to this email: AMRRCretireetravel@gmail.com
We plan to bind these letters into book form and send to Doug Parker. We feel that it is important for the Company to understand that we are a unified group in this undertaking with the ability to rally support among various former employee groups.
Sadly, should the Company continue with their January 2 proposal concerning travel policy, current and future retirees will have fewer D1s than active employees in 2015. Retirees will also have a lower boarding priority, with this policy mandating ALL ACTIVE EMPLOYEES AND ALL OF THEIR ELIGIBLE TRAVELER/DEPENDENTS in the D2 category will go ahead of retirees who will be designated D2R. And, retirees will have 50% fewer D3s than active employees, which results in retirees with 66% fewer D3 passes than previous years with retiree D3 passes now down to only 4 round trip D3 passes.
Please join us in the Two Times Two Campaign!
Here are email addresses for
Doug Parker CEO firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Kirby, President Scott.email@example.com,
Elise Eberwein Elise.firstname.lastname@example.org,
Cindi Simone Cindy.email@example.com
And the two postal mail addresses are:
Attn: Doug Parker CEO
4333 Amon Carter Blvd
Fort Worth TX 76155,
Attn: American Airlines
PO Box 619616
DFW Airport TX 75261-9616
Don’t forget, we are asking that everyone send a copy of their letters to this email: AMRRCretireetravel@gmail.com
This AMRRC Gmail account allows us to get copies of these letters, then to make copies of the letters and bind them together into a booklet to send to Doug Parker and to hand to VP John MacDonald who is speaking at the upcoming convention of retiree groups on April 10 in Williamsburg, Va. This is the convention we brought to your attention in last week’s AMRRC briefing.
To your left is an invitation to the convention and all the information needed to book the trip to the convention. We would love it if retirees and future retirees would attend. Besides an opportunity to demonstrate our unity to VP MacDonald and ask him questions, Williamsburg is a delightful destination!
there was new discussion concerning retiree medical benefits in Judge Lane’s courtroom on March 18, 2014.
Although the retiree medical benefit case was not on the docket for that day, American Airlines attorney Stephen Karotkin brought up the adversarial motion. Here is information as it appeared in the Dallas Morning News on March 19, 2014.
Having read a transcript of Tuesday’s hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, we have a better understanding of what went on when American Airlines discussed its intent to quit paying for retiree health and life insurance.
American attorney Stephen Karotkin told Judge Sean Lane that the carrier had notified the attorney for the Committee of Retired Employees about its intent. The airline “intends to shift the cost of retiree health and life insurance coverage to the retirees in the next several months,” said Karotkin, an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges, American’s lead bankruptcy counsel.
“There will be more than a reasonable transition period, your honor, to implement the program so that those retirees who desire will have more than ample time to sign up for the new program and maintain coverage. We believe this is entirely consistent with the plan of reorganization,” he told Lane. American had filed an adversary proceeding in mid-2012 in its bankruptcy case. It sought a ruling that it had the right to change its retiree programs unilaterally. The last hearing was on Jan. 23, 2013, and the judge has not yet ruled.
“Well, isn’t this sub judice in front of me?” Lane asked Karotkin. That means that it was still under judicial consideration.
Karotkin acknowledge that it was indeed sub judice, “but we believe that notwithstanding the fact that the litigation is before you, that the debtors do have the right to make these changes.” “I realize that that matter has been pending for some time, and I have a draft decision actually sitting on my desk,” Lane stated.
“Am I right in saying that if you prevail on summary judgment, then you have the right,” Lane continued, “but if you don’t prevail on summary judgment, then you don’t have the right? Would that be a correct statement of how the interaction between the adversary proceeding and what you want to do now?” “We believe even if we don’t prevail on summary judgment, we have the right consistent with the plan to do that,” Karotkin said. In that case, he suggested, the attorney for the retirees’ committee, Catherine Steege, could challenge American’s interpretation of what it could do.
“To the extent she doesn’t believe we have the right to do that, there would be sufficient time for her to come into this court and ask relief from your honor to prevent us from doing that,” Karotkin said. “Her view is it’s not consistent with the litigation. Our view is it still is consistent with the litigation.” Steege was not at Tuesday’s hearing. In fact, the issue of retiree benefits wasn’t on the agenda. Karotkin brought it up near the end of the 41-minute hearing.
The judge indicated that his staff had been in contact with attorneys about the issue. “Well, I think my chambers had reached out to ask whether the pending litigation was still relevant in light of developments and was told yes.”
Judge Lane stated the issue in dispute is whether the retiree rights have vested. If the rights have vested under federal law, that could prevent American from unilaterally changing the benefits. So the judge asked Karotkin when American intended to make the changes. Several months, Karotkin replied, according to the transcript. Plenty of time for Steege to fight it, Karotkin suggested. “The only other thing I will tell you is that we have renewed settlement discussions with the retirement committee,” Karotkin said. ”Hopefully, we can resolve the issue. But in the meantime, this is costing the company $10 million a month.”
Judge Lane then made it clear that his ruling was imminent. “It is my intent to issue something shortly, within the next week or two, and I mention that so that people don’t have to engage in litigation not knowing what the time frame is,” Lane stated.” End of article
As we receive more information on the retiree benefits case, we will post it here in our briefings. In the meantime, please continue to write and send your letters to senior management demanding the return of retiree travel benefits, and send a copy of all past and current correspondence sent to AA concerning retiree travel to AMRRCretireetravel@gmail.com. Please consider going to the convention on April 10 in Williamsburg.