Questions & Answers

What are the tentative agreements on articles?

These are temporary, or interim, agreements. Both sides have reached agreements on various articles, or subjects, in the negotiations ­– but these matters are not officially closed until after the entire package, the contract, is ratified with a vote by the members of the local being formed. Until the contract is ratified, these items can be changed.

What is ratification?

This is the vote by members on the entire contract. Members do not vote on individual articles as they are subject to change during the bargaining process. The contract is not binding between the union and management until ratified by a majority vote by the membership.

What is a final tentative contract?

A contract negotiated between the union and management that is not binding until ratified by a vote.

What happens after contract ratification?

Once JetBlue IFCs have ratified the contract and have the improvements and protections that come with it, IFCs will formally join the TWU as members. When a large majority of the IFCs have formally signed up as members, the TWU International Administrative Committee will charter the local with bylaws and a designation number.

The local will then have elections. All IFC members can run and vote for officers, including president, secretary-treasurer and executive board members.

Elected officers will receive training on establishing and running the local under the local’s bylaws and the TWU constitution.

How are decisions being made in this transition period before a contract is ratified and local leadership is elected?

All pre-contract actions are being guided by the TWU constitution. International Transport Workers Union President John Samuelsen appointed Carmen Gonzalez-Gannon as TWU’s IFC Coordinator. Carmen is empowered to establish protocols and to appoint IFCs to committees.

The goal is to begin serving the membership as much as possible given the constraints of not yet having an enforceable contract. In making appointments, Carmen considers such things as: an IFCs’ demonstrated interest in union activities; recommendations from peers and union activists; communications skills; previous union experience; and completion of advocacy training.

How do I receive training and join a committee?

Contact the Interim Education and Training Committee via email to get placed on a developing master list of IFCs seeking to play more active roles. Even if you have expressed an interest previously, email the committee to ensure you are placed on the list. TWU is looking to schedule additional training opportunities at the bases. The Education and Training Committee’s email address is:

The Education and Training Committee is also seeking activists who may not be interested in serving on committees, but who may wish to be communication ambassadors to make sure colleagues are receiving correct information and steering IFC’s to official union sites and outlets.

What is the status of the 10-hour rest rule?

The 10-hour rest rule, which provides a guaranteed 10 hours of rest that cannot be reduced, was passed by Congress and signed into law as part of the FAA Reauthorization Bill in October 2018. The FAA has dragged its feet in implementing the rule and has not made a ruling on when carriers must be in compliance.

The TWU is using our resources with legislative and regulatory agencies in Washington, DC to make sure the law is implemented as soon as possible.