Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg met via Zoom with representatives from the TWU Air Division and other aviation unions. During the event, Secretary Buttigieg spoke about the importance of essential workers, our industry’s recovery from the coronavirus, and his priorities with the Department of Transportation.

Secretary Buttigieg took the time to hear from TWU International Vice President & Air Division Director Gary Peterson about TWU Air Division members’ priorities and concerns. Having officially taken office just about 56 hours ago, the Secretary showed that he is firmly committed to immediately getting to work with the TWU to ensure that your voice is heard in Washington and that all essential workers have a safe, stable job. Read more

The following Press Release was issued January 13, 2021 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

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Since last March, our industry has been challenged by the largest obstacle we’ve ever faced as Crewmembers—the COVID-19 pandemic. Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Health, Safety, and Security Committee, along with others from within the Transport Workers Union (TWU), has been working diligently to ensure our safety as IFCs since the very beginning of the pandemic. Our urgent letters to Joanna Geraghty and TWU International President John Samuelsen’s letter to the FAA and OSHA addressed many issues, which later became implemented, and some (including the suspension of the Blue Turn) which were denied. Our committee continues to monitor the daily reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we field questions from our IFCs regarding testing, quarantine, displacement per management issues, and our Memorandum of Understanding—an agreement we made regarding COVID-19—which spells out the JetBlue direction we take when exposed or ill. Read more

Today, August 26, marks the official commemoration of Women’s Equality Day, celebrating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits state and federal governments from denying women the right to vote. We know that the best way to guarantee equality in the workplace and pay parity is through a union contract. As we move into election season, please remember the importance of voting for labor-friendly leaders who will support working people. In honor of Women’s Equality Day, take this opportunity to verify that you are registered to vote, develop a plan to cast your ballot, vote early (if possible), and exercise your constitutionally-preserved right to vote in the upcoming election. Read more

Effective today (8/10/2020), there will be no medical exemptions for passengers regarding the wearing of face coverings on JetBlue flights. The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) requested this change on July 26, and we applaud management’s decision to make JetBlue travel safer for all Crewmembers and passengers.

In addition, beginning today, all IFCs are required to wear either the new face mask issued by JetBlue or the disposable surgical masks that are currently distributed in base or to passengers who do not have masks. No other masks will be allowed. Read more

This weekend, the U.S. Congress is working in Washington, DC to pass emergency assistance for airlines, who are experiencing historic cancellation rates and nearly nonexistent future bookings as a result of COVID-19.

Earlier today, JetBlue sent a message to all IFCs and asked you to contact Congress to request immediate governmental assistance for our airlines. This assistance is vital to allow us to continue providing the invaluable services we offer and to save thousands of aviation jobs. Read more

The COVID-19 situation is changing day by day, and the TWU is committed to providing updated and accurate information for our JetBlue IFCs on the TWU/JetBlue IFC website. We have also provided a dedicated form to directly address questions regarding this ever changing health and economic crisis. In addition to directly fighting for our IFCs, the TWU is also working at the international level to support our Members in every possible way. Read more

Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) which detailed precautions specifically targeted towards flight crews in the airline industry. There are numerous safety procedures we follow on the aircraft to keep us safe, but this SAFO serves as a reminder that we must also stay safe on our overnights.

Some of the reminders from the FAA include: Read more

As the new coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads, your Union is taking all possible steps and precautions to ensure that our IFCs are well-protected and informed. In addition, we are coordinating with other Unions, regulatory, and governmental agencies and keeping in close communication with JetBlue Management regarding this rapidly changing situation.

Last week, the TWU communicated with JetBlue Management on COVID-19 related issues, including schedule changes, and made recommendations to the Company to lessen the impact to IFCs. In addition, your TWU Health and Safety Committee sent a letter to JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer requesting more frequent updates on the spread of COVID-19, expanded use on gloves on the aircraft, accessible mounted hand sanitizers for passengers and crew on all aircraft, updated personal protective equipment (PPE), temporary suspension of Blue Turning, more frequent and thorough cleaning of our aircraft, protection from disciplinary action and pay protection if IFCs are quarantined, and payment for all medical costs in case of infection. While we have not received a response at this time, we will continue to advocate to ensure that our IFCs are protected at every level.

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Your Health & Safety Committee wants to update you on the Novel Coronavirus, a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The virus is being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and cases are confirmed in Washington state. Another case is said to have reached into the Texas A&M campus as of Thursday, January 23. Another passenger from Mexico City to Los Angeles was taken to the hospital out of caution, showing symptoms of the virus. Read more