The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) has a strong history of fighting for civil and human rights that began with our founder, Mike Quill. Unlike other unions, which often treated black Americans as second-class citizens, Quill was ahead of his time by insisting on equality for our black Members.

In 1961, when twenty-five TWU airline workers in Tennessee protested against the union’s support for the Civil Rights desegregation campaign, Quill’s response was to invite the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. to address the TWU Constitutional Convention. He introduced Dr. King to the gathering as “the man who is entrusted with the banner of American liberty that was taken from Lincoln when he was shot 95 years ago. Dr. King’s life at this moment is in just as great danger as was Lincoln’s.” Quill added, “And he has to walk with care if he is to continue to lead this crusade.” Read more

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

Federal Aviation Administration Adopts Stricter Unruly Passenger Policy Read more

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Negotiating Survey on the rejected Tentative Agreement. As promised, your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) has hit the new year running with a thorough review and analysis of the survey responses. We are in the process of creating a comprehensive, issue-focused survey to gather your feedback and allow the NT to determine your priorities for when we resume negotiations with JetBlue Management. The survey will be emailed to this address in a few days, so please ensure that you have added to your whitelist. Read more

As you may have heard, both houses of Congress passed a bipartisan, COVID-19 relief bill this week. The bill, which was supported by both transportation unions and employers, would have brought back thousands of furloughed airline workers, provided direct aid to pay airline workers, and prevented furloughs for the first quarter of 2021. In addition, it also extended and expanded unemployment payments, provided temporary eviction protection, and would give direct payments of $600 per person to most Americans. Unfortunately, President Trump has not signed the bill, saying that the $600 direct payments should be increased to $2000. Read more

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

Earlier today, TWU International Administrative Vice President and Air Division Director, Mike Mayes, announced that the TWU/JetBlue Tentative Agreement (TA) was not ratified. We have attached the numbers and percentages from BallotPoint, the secure election company who conducted the ratification vote. Read more

Unfortunately we must inform you that the Tentative Agreement between Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) and JetBlue Airways did not ratify. Although, this was not the result your Negotiating Team was looking for, the In-Flight Crewmembers have spoken and we will return to negotiating with JetBlue management. Read more

Dear Sisters & Brothers:

Tomorrow at 12:00 pm EST we have a chance to shock the labor world by ratifying a contract in a time no one could have ever expected. As we look around the airline and the travel industry, our world remains upside down and in great turmoil. Even with the news of a vaccine on the horizon, it is clear that it will be years before the industry fully recovers from the massive debt it has taken on. While the decision is yours, the time is now to think how a contract in place will stop the company if the recovery takes even longer than the next few years most airline economists are predicting. Read more

We just finished our final TWU/JetBlue IFC TA Tele-Town hall. Thank you so much for all the insightful questions. We hope we were able to provide the answers you needed. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us, so you can make an informed vote.

One question we’ve received on multiple platforms concerns the 5-year duration of the Tentative Agreement (TA) with the 6-month early opener. Five years is the industry standard for Flight Attendant agreements at this time. The last agreements for United, American, Southwest, Allegiant, and Spirit have all been for five years. The only notable exception to that rule is Alaska, who negotiated a 3-year Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) when they purchased Virgin America. Read more

Our JetBlue Pilots at the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) work side-by-side with us every day to get our passengers safely to their destinations. ALPA released the following statement in support of the Tentative Agreement that our IFCs will be voting on in just a few days:

The Association applauds the efforts of the JetBlue flight attendants and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) in reaching a Tentative Agreement on their first contract, particularly in light of the challenges posed to our industry by the ongoing public health crisis. We support the right for collective bargaining and wish the best to all flight attendants as they proceed through the ratification process.


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