Recently, the TWU has seen a dramatic increase in disruptive, and sometimes violent, behavior in the flying public. As flying levels return to normal, these incidents are impacting the daily lives of our members. In order to address these incidents, a coalition of labor unions (including the TWU) and the airlines industry trade organization, Airlines for America, have joined together to call on the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to address this growing problem. On June 21, this coalition sent a letter to the Attorney General that states: Read more
Shane Rogers-Mauro, Chair
TWU/JetBlue IFC Health & Safety Committee
Our reserve flying partners based in JFK have recently been handed some new complications in their quality of life, their safety, their commute time, and even their wallets.
Under the previous Tentative Agreement, JetBlue Leadership was prohibited from making EWR a co-base for good reasons, and one of them was the safety of our Inflight Crewmembers (IFCs). The EWR co-base has become a reality—just in time for National Safety Month. Since we have yet to reach a ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement, the company has taken full advantage by making sudden changes like this, and unfortunately, we have become too accustomed to them. However, when it pertains to our safety, we must speak out as one. Read more
Today, May 31, marks International Flight Attendant Day. International Flight Attendant Day was created to celebrate the contributions of our cabin crew throughout the industry, and those contributions have been even more important than ever during this pandemic. Read more
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 surveymonkey.com 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