TWU/JetBlue IFC News and Updates

On September 22, IFCs on JetBlue Flight 261 from BOS to SJU had to forcibly restrain a passenger who attempted to storm the flight deck. Although the exact details have not been divulged to the Union, we have reports that an IFC was choked with his own tie and kicked in the chest as he held the passenger back when the pilot exited the cockpit. When the passenger broke loose from flex cuffs, it took six to seven flight crew members to physically restrain him using seat belt extensions and an IFCs tie. The passenger was arrested in San Juan and is now facing federal charges. Read more

This week the TWU filed for a cease-and-desist order against JetBlue with the Queens Supreme Court, regarding the unreasonable and arbitrary changes to the JetBlue IFC Dependability Program that we believe violate both the New York City and New York State “Paid Sick Leave” laws. Based on our reading, these laws require employers to grant up to fifty-six hours of paid time off a year; further, employers cannot require a doctor’s note unless the employee calls in sick for three or more consecutive days. JetBlue is demanding IFCs (flight attendants) who take just one or two sick days get a doctor’s note, which appears to be in clear violation of the laws. Read more

On this day twenty years ago, the world was shaken by one of the most tragic events in the history of our country. The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU) wishes to honor our colleagues and all of the first responders who were lost on September 11, 2001. We also extend our gratitude to the first responders and all workers who were involved in the rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts after that tragic event. Read more

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