We’d like to welcome you to the first of many Union Tuesdays provided by our Union Leadership. Union Tuesdays will provide an opportunity to get to know your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) members, TWU International leadership, and our TAP team, as well as other TWU/JetBlue IFC advocates. We wanted to create an atmosphere that touched on our “FUN” company value, something that has been severely lacking at present, and give you access to individuals you may have only seen online over the past several months. We encourage you to ask your TWU leadership any questions you may have, and we will be sure to direct you to the correct answer, person, or resource as soon as we can. Read more
Earlier today I sent a clear message to Ed Baklor that our IFCs deserve more respect for the work all of you are doing. At TWU, we are proud of the incredible job you are all doing on the front lines during these unprecedented times.
With the operation ramped back up to 2019 levels, nearly overnight, we would have thought that Ed would have praised the loyalty our IFCs have to JetBlue. Instead, he has sent out a constant barrage of threatening messages that put more, not less, pressure on each of you. This is a management failure that must stop. Read more
The TWU & TAP Steering Committee has heard of the new implementations of doctor’s notes over the critical coverage days. Unfortunately, in the absence of a ratified agreement which provides us a grievance procedure, JetBlue management maintains the unilateral right to make changes that can have a significant impact on our lives. The company can and will amend their practices as outlined in the Blue Book for business purposes, and the only way we can stop that is if we have a contract. Read more
Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) met with JetBlue Management in New York last week for a two-day bargaining session. Both sides exchanged counterproposals on Scheduling and non-economic issues, and we reached one Tentative Agreement on Probation. As we continue bargaining the remaining open articles, it’s important to remember that those articles contain the issues most important to our IFCs, and we are working to address them.
We are aware that as we go to the bargaining table to fight for a fair contract, JetBlue Management continues to shift the burden and blame for their operational issues onto the IFCs. If you have been affected by the Newark Co-Base, extended duty days, daily reschedules, the OBL “bait and switch,” or phone calls from Crew Scheduling in the middle of the night on your day off, you are not alone—we hear you. Read more
Recently, the TWU has seen a dramatic increase in disruptive, and sometimes violent, behavior in the flying public. As flying levels return to normal, these incidents are impacting the daily lives of our members. In order to address these incidents, a coalition of labor unions (including the TWU) and the airlines industry trade organization, Airlines for America, have joined together to call on the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to address this growing problem. On June 21, this coalition sent a letter to the Attorney General that states: Read more
Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) continues to receive alarming reports from IFCs regarding the EWR Co-Base. We have received reports of ASB assignments that cause IFCs to use public transportation alone, late at night and early in the morning; rideshares that cost over $100; and long days without an adequate place to rest. In particular, many of our Reserve IFCs are facing fear and anxiety that is completely unnecessary. Read more
“Civil Rights are Human Rights” is a concept deeply rooted in the foundation of the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU). Social change often starts with pain, outrage, and action from marginalized groups. Pride is no different. We celebrate Pride in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising, which took place in June of 1969, and we want to celebrate and uplift our LGBTQIA+ community, while we continue the fight for respect and equality.
In spite of the progress that we have made toward full equality, it important to remember that the fight is not finished. As we celebrate Pride, this is a great opportunity for action. The Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would provide anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQIA+ Americans in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces & services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Currently, federal law does not explicitly provide non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
This bill has been passed in the House but remains stalled in the Senate. TWU supports our LGBTQIA+ members, and we ask you to please contact your U.S. Senators for support of this legislation. The LGBTQIA+ community and youth have been denied the basic dignity and respect the Equality Act would correct. Pride At Work is the LGBTQIA+ AFL-CIO constituency group who is leading the fight for workers on this important issue. Use this form on the Pride at Work website to call your Senators. While you are there, you can also join Pride At Work at the national, state, or local chapter to continue fighting LGBTQIA+ discrimination at every level in your own community with like-minded union members.
While we continue our fight against COVID-19, Pride parades across our country have been canceled or rescheduled for later in the year. Check your local Pride website to see how you can attend virtually or in person this year. We cannot wait to celebrate with you at future Pride Parades. In the meantime, fly your Pride flags high or attend a virtual event and celebrate!
Shane Rogers-Mauro, Chair
TWU/JetBlue IFC Health & Safety Committee
Our reserve flying partners based in JFK have recently been handed some new complications in their quality of life, their safety, their commute time, and even their wallets.
Under the previous Tentative Agreement, JetBlue Leadership was prohibited from making EWR a co-base for good reasons, and one of them was the safety of our Inflight Crewmembers (IFCs). The EWR co-base has become a reality—just in time for National Safety Month. Since we have yet to reach a ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement, the company has taken full advantage by making sudden changes like this, and unfortunately, we have become too accustomed to them. However, when it pertains to our safety, we must speak out as one. Read more
As our TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) continues to fight for us at the negotiating table, we’d like to introduce an IFC-led advocacy program that was formed based on feedback given to TWU. We recognize the need for education—not only as it pertains to our Tentative Agreement (TA) but to our Union as a whole. We need to understand how our Union works and empowers us, so we’d like to introduce you to the B6 TWU Ambassador Program (TAP) Steering Committee: Lyndi Howard (Chair), Jill Harris, Tyesha Best, and Elizabeth Smith. Read more
Today, May 31, marks International Flight Attendant Day. International Flight Attendant Day was created to celebrate the contributions of our cabin crew throughout the industry, and those contributions have been even more important than ever during this pandemic. Read more