As the new coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads, your Union is taking all possible steps and precautions to ensure that our IFCs are well-protected and informed. In addition, we are coordinating with other Unions, regulatory, and governmental agencies and keeping in close communication with JetBlue Management regarding this rapidly changing situation.
Last week, the TWU communicated with JetBlue Management on COVID-19 related issues, including schedule changes, and made recommendations to the Company to lessen the impact to IFCs. In addition, your TWU Health and Safety Committee sent a letter to JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer requesting more frequent updates on the spread of COVID-19, expanded use on gloves on the aircraft, accessible mounted hand sanitizers for passengers and crew on all aircraft, updated personal protective equipment (PPE), temporary suspension of Blue Turning, more frequent and thorough cleaning of our aircraft, protection from disciplinary action and pay protection if IFCs are quarantined, and payment for all medical costs in case of infection. While we have not received a response at this time, we will continue to advocate to ensure that our IFCs are protected at every level.
The TWU is also coordinating with U.S Governmental agencies and the AFL-CIO to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health, ensure medical care, and protect the income and jobs of our Members. In addition to frequent conference calls and the participation in AFL-COVID-19 Working Group, the TWU is also a signatory to a letter to the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) to protect health and safety of workers, petitioned the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to implement an Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Diseases for COVID-19, and requests to the U.S. House and Senate requesting emergency appropriations to fight and contain the virus. For additional information about the AFL-CIO’s efforts concerning COVID-19, please visit the following links:
- U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
Congress is now considering action to create an emergency rule to protect workers health amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Please take action here to ensure your workplace is always safe and healthy.
Symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to the common cold or flu. For further information to prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19, please refer to the CDC website.
We will continue to update you on new developments with COVID-19. In the meantime, please remain calm and follow the recommendations to protect your health, the health of you fellow Crew Members and passengers.