Today, August 26, marks the official commemoration of Women’s Equality Day, celebrating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits state and federal governments from denying women the right to vote. We know that the best way to guarantee equality in the workplace and pay parity is through a union contract. As we move into election season, please remember the importance of voting for labor-friendly leaders who will support working people. In honor of Women’s Equality Day, take this opportunity to verify that you are registered to vote, develop a plan to cast your ballot, vote early (if possible), and exercise your constitutionally-preserved right to vote in the upcoming election. Read more
Effective today (8/10/2020), there will be no medical exemptions for passengers regarding the wearing of face coverings on JetBlue flights. The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) requested this change on July 26, and we applaud management’s decision to make JetBlue travel safer for all Crewmembers and passengers.
In addition, beginning today, all IFCs are required to wear either the new face mask issued by JetBlue or the disposable surgical masks that are currently distributed in base or to passengers who do not have masks. No other masks will be allowed. Read more
This weekend, the U.S. Congress is working in Washington, DC to pass emergency assistance for airlines, who are experiencing historic cancellation rates and nearly nonexistent future bookings as a result of COVID-19.
Earlier today, JetBlue sent a message to all IFCs and asked you to contact Congress to request immediate governmental assistance for our airlines. This assistance is vital to allow us to continue providing the invaluable services we offer and to save thousands of aviation jobs. Read more
The COVID-19 situation is changing day by day, and the TWU is committed to providing updated and accurate information for our JetBlue IFCs on the TWU/JetBlue IFC website. We have also provided a dedicated form to directly address questions regarding this ever changing health and economic crisis. In addition to directly fighting for our IFCs, the to support our Members in every possible way. Read more
Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) which detailed precautions specifically targeted towards flight crews in the airline industry. There are numerous safety procedures we follow on the aircraft to keep us safe, but this SAFO serves as a reminder that we must also stay safe on our overnights.
Some of the reminders from the FAA include: Read more
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.
Your Health & Safety Committee wants to update you on the Novel Coronavirus, a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The virus is being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and cases are confirmed in Washington state. Another case is said to have reached into the Texas A&M campus as of Thursday, January 23. Another passenger from Mexico City to Los Angeles was taken to the hospital out of caution, showing symptoms of the virus. Read more
There’s a lot to learn when you become an Inflight Crewmember. Figuring out how to pick and manage your schedule is among the most important.
“It’s a quality of life issue,” TWU International Special Projects Coordinator Angelo Cucuzza said. “Making the right decision can result in you having 48 hours at home with your family instead of just 12.”
With that in mind, the Transport Workers Union has created a new committee —the Scheduling Committee—to help IFCs get the pairings and days off that best suit their needs and desires, including level of income.
Veteran IFC Tena Melcher, who has developed an expertise in JetBlue’s various scheduling platforms and systems, is the new committee’s chair.
“There is a real need here,” Melcher said. “There hasn’t been a place where you can go seek help and guidance. We will provide that needed assistance to all Crewmembers, not just new Crewmembers.”
JetBlue previously had a program to guide IFCs in this aspect of their work life but the company dropped it after the vote to unionize.
One of the Committee’s top priorities at this time is encouraging Crewmembers who are continuing to use the old bidding platform to switch over and start using the new Navblue Preferential Bidding System (PBS) that was introduced about 14 months ago, Melcher said.
“This new web-app is more enhanced and has more capability than the previous one”.
The company will be shutting the older system down, although company officials have not given a specific date, Melcher said.
NavBlue is not part of the airline but a business partner. The platform is used primarily for IFCs to bid and secure trips, setting up their monthly schedules. But there are other features that even IFCs who have been at the company for a few years may not be fully aware, Melcher said. She recently explained to a co-worker complaining about his vacation that he could have used the Slide Vacation feature to move up his vacation a few days so it started on the weekend instead of midweek.
“So there are features and functions that can benefit Crewmembers if you know how to use them and you know how PBS processes them,” Melcher said.
The committee also plans on approaching the company to provide input on the creation of pairings themselves, Melcher said.
The committee’s assistance program will be up and running Nov. 1 when the bidding for December trips begins.
If you need assistance or have any questions for the Scheduling Committee, please use the form on their page.
As many of us have personally witnessed, JetBlue aircraft have recently been experiencing a significant increase in the number of fume events. IFCs have endured emergency landings, hospital stays, and, in some cases, suffered career-ending injuries due to toxic fumes entering our cabins. Your TWU team has been aggressively working to fix this situation and has been met with nothing but contempt from JetBlue management. Leadership has gone as far as denying that these events are happening or that they have terminated IFCs for missing work due to illnesses sustained during fume events. The company and your elected officials need to hear from you about the importance of this issue if we are going to win. Read more
Please take a moment to call your member of the U. S. House of Representatives to register your support for H. R. 2474. This bill, also called “Protecting the Right to Organize” (PRO Act), was introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA-3) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). PRO Act would eliminate right to work laws and modernize the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It would strengthen the federal laws protecting a workers’ right to organize a union and enact serious safeguards against corporate interference in organizing campaigns. Read more