TWU negotiators are making progress on the first-ever contract between JetBlue and its IFCs – but the union doesn’t have an unlimited supply of patience, Transport Workers Union International President John Samuelsen said.

A three-day negotiating session with management took place in late April. Two more sessions are now scheduled: one in Washington, D.C., May 28–31, and another in San Francisco, June 17–20.

“There’s been steady progress, but we will go back on the attack if we assess that progress isn’t being made,” Samuelsen said.

Tentative agreements have been reached on the following sixteen items:

  • Preamble
  • Non-Discrimination
  • Savings
  • Status
  • Probation
  • Uniforms
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Medical Examinations
  • Furlough/Recall
  • Disciplinary Grievances
  • Non-Disciplinary Grievances
  • System Board of Adjustment
  • Health and Safety
  • Language of Destination
  • Bases
  • Moving Expenses

Negotiators are now getting into the more technical issues of scheduling, bidding, and reserves, International Vice President Thom McDaniel said. TWU will be focusing in the coming weeks on developing the economic proposal, McDaniel said.

Communication between union leadership and IFCs remains a top priority, Samuelsen said. With that in mind, Samuelsen will conduct a Telephone Town Hall with IFCs on Friday, May 17, at noon (EDT).

To participate in the Town Hall simply to call 877-229-8493 and enter ID Code: 118501.

IFCs can register and submit questions in advance on the website.

Or they can simply call into the conference and press *3 on their phone to signify they’d like to ask a question.

There are some benefits to registering in advance. You will receive a reminder call the day before the event. You also can also sign up for a call on the 17th that will automatically connect you to the Town Hall.