Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) and TWU Ambassador Program (TAP) Team are hosting a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, October 28 at 7:00, P.M., EDT. While our Union Tuesday events have been successful, we realize many of our IFCs can’t always attend due to work or personal commitments. Read more
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
Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) has just completed a three-day bargaining session with JetBlue Management in New York City. While we did hold productive discussions and reached resolution on some smaller issues, we were not able to reach final resolution on some very major issues that are important to IFCs. While we have made significant progress over the last few months, it is understandable that the issues most important to IFCs are the ones that must be hardest fought at the table, and we want you to join that fight by joining our TAP Team. Read more
We hope that all of our IFCs that live or whose loved ones live in the path of Hurricane Ida are safe. If you require assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out so that we can direct you to all available resources.
Regrettably, we have CANCELED our scheduled Union Tuesday meeting in LAX tomorrow and rescheduled it for Monday, September 13th. Our TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) will be in New York to meet with the Company to continue bargaining our first contract. We sincerely apologize for the short notice, but we hope you will be able to attend on Monday, September 13th between 5:00pm and 8:00pm to meet with your NT and TAP Team members. Read more
Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) met in-person with JetBlue management August 17–19 in New York. Our main topic of discussion was the Mint and TransAtlantic Qualified Roles article. Your NT has heard your many concerns concerning these programs, and we are working diligently to resolve those issues with a legally binding contract. While we did not reach a tentative agreement, we did make some progress, and we have scheduled an additional three-day session on August 31–September 2 to continue discussions with the company. Read more
Based on JetBlue Inflight Crewmember comments and feedback sent directly to your TWU JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team and TAP Committee, concerned JetBlue IFCs have sent an open letter to Ed Baklor. The text of the letter is below. Read more
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