Today, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg met via Zoom with representatives from the TWU Air Division and other aviation unions. During the event, Secretary Buttigieg spoke about the importance of essential workers, our industry’s recovery from the coronavirus, and his priorities with the Department of Transportation.

Secretary Buttigieg took the time to hear from TWU International Vice President & Air Division Director Gary Peterson about TWU Air Division members’ priorities and concerns. Having officially taken office just about 56 hours ago, the Secretary showed that he is firmly committed to immediately getting to work with the TWU to ensure that your voice is heard in Washington and that all essential workers have a safe, stable job. Read more

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Negotiating Survey on the rejected Tentative Agreement. As promised, your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) has hit the new year running with a thorough review and analysis of the survey responses. We are in the process of creating a comprehensive, issue-focused survey to gather your feedback and allow the NT to determine your priorities for when we resume negotiations with JetBlue Management. The survey will be emailed to this address in a few days, so please ensure that you have added to your whitelist. Read more

As you may have heard, both houses of Congress passed a bipartisan, COVID-19 relief bill this week. The bill, which was supported by both transportation unions and employers, would have brought back thousands of furloughed airline workers, provided direct aid to pay airline workers, and prevented furloughs for the first quarter of 2021. In addition, it also extended and expanded unemployment payments, provided temporary eviction protection, and would give direct payments of $600 per person to most Americans. Unfortunately, President Trump has not signed the bill, saying that the $600 direct payments should be increased to $2000. Read more

Since last March, our industry has been challenged by the largest obstacle we’ve ever faced as Crewmembers—the COVID-19 pandemic. Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Health, Safety, and Security Committee, along with others from within the Transport Workers Union (TWU), has been working diligently to ensure our safety as IFCs since the very beginning of the pandemic. Our urgent letters to Joanna Geraghty and TWU International President John Samuelsen’s letter to the FAA and OSHA addressed many issues, which later became implemented, and some (including the suspension of the Blue Turn) which were denied. Our committee continues to monitor the daily reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we field questions from our IFCs regarding testing, quarantine, displacement per management issues, and our Memorandum of Understanding—an agreement we made regarding COVID-19—which spells out the JetBlue direction we take when exposed or ill. Read more

The countdown to our 2020 elections has begun. Each year, there are millions of eligible voters who cannot cast a ballot because they aren’t registered to vote or there are issues with their registration status.

Since today is National Voter Registration Day, please take a moment to register to vote. If you are registered, take a moment to check your registration status to ensure that your address and name are current with your local board of elections.

This year, voting holds more more challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so, if you can, make sure you sign up for mail-in-voting or register for an absentee ballot. If your state allows early voting, take advantage of that option to avoid excessive lines and crowds on election day. Read more

For the last several months, IFCs who opted for voluntary leaves have continued to notify the Transport Workers Union (TWU) that JetBlue has reported net wages, instead of gross wages, for calculating unemployment benefits. This has resulted in a drastic reduction in the owed, unemployment benefits they have received.

The TWU notified JetBlue management of this issue on multiple occasions, beginning in April 2020. On July 20, JetBlue leadership finally confirmed they were under-reporting wages and informed us they were working with their third-party vendor to correct the problem. We requested additional updates on this issue and were told on July 31 that their business partner was continuing to work on a resolution. JetBlue assured us that any necessary adjustments would automatically be paid to IFCs. Read more

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has received numerous inquiries about recent Inflight Updates regarding procedures after COVID-19 tests and pay protection. Your Union has requested clarification from JetBlue management, and we will notify you when we have reached a resolution. Until then, please follow company procedures as published, and, if you have any questions, reach out to your Union for assistance.

We have also had many IFCs who suffered significant shortages on their most recent paychecks. When we notified management of the error, they told us that affected IFCs would have a check sent to them via U.S. Mail or the correction would be included in their next scheduled paycheck. While it is understandable to have occasional payroll discrepancies, they should be resolved quickly and efficiently, especially when many IFCs face additional challenges from the current pandemic. We have requested a solution from the Company, and we will update you on our progress. Read more

This year, our national workforce has been tasked like we haven’t before. You are now working on the front lines during a major pandemic. While worried about your own safety and the safety of your families, you are also responsible for working with a general public who takes varying degrees of responsibility for the safety of those around them. You are enforcing new company policies, while maintaining the rigorous safety standards and top-notch customer service you’re known for.

This Labor Day, the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU) wants to thank you for your trust as we navigate the challenging waters COVID-19 has presented to all of us. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 to honor the contributions and significant sacrifice of the labor movement in the 19th century. Prior to the accomplishments of organized labor, people worked long hours, while fair work practices and safety standards weren’t considered by their employers. The positive changes in work hours and conditions only came to fruition once workers banded together and demanded them. Labor Day honors the sacrifices and struggles of those earliest activists and honors the contributions we continue to make in the present day. Read more

Over two years ago, JetBlue IFCs voted to organize under the banner of the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU). There is no way we could have forecast the drastic changes we have seen in our industry due to this global pandemic, but now, more than ever, it is clear that the best way for our JetBlue IFCs to protect themselves and secure a voice in the workplace is with a ratified union contract.

Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) has been working diligently to negotiate a historic first contract for JetBlue IFCs. But we are at the point where we need your help to mobilize our IFCs and support the NT. Read more

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