Unemployment Benefits Update Surrounding COVID-19 Leaves

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

COVID-19 Impact and Updates

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

Happy Labor Day to our JetBlue IFCs

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

Contract Mobilization—Contract Action Team

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

Women’s Equality Day/Pop-Up Call Update

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

TWU/JetBlue IFC Mask Survey

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

Negotiation Update & Work Rules Update—07-31-2020

This week, your TWU/IFC Negotiating Team (NT) held a virtual meeting with JetBlue Management for a four-day negotiating session. The company responded to the comprehensive economic proposal that the Union presented on June 16. While we were able to reach a Tentative Agreement on Reduced Flying and R&R, the Union and Company are very far apart on several other economic items. Your Union presented a reasonable counterproposal, and we are awaiting Management’s response at our next scheduled session, August 3–7. Your NT is ready and willing to negotiate at any time, for as long as possible, in order to reach a fair contract for JetBlue IFCs, and we will provide you with an update at the end of our session next week. Read more

Time is Running Out! Act Now and Urge Congress to Safeguard Aviation Jobs

TWU members have all put their lives at risk to serve the public during this pandemic. Federal funding is running out and our jobs are at risk of disappearing if Congress doesn’t extend worker protections in the airline industry before October 1.

Take action and send a letter to Congress today. Read more

Flight Attendant Unions Unite Against Concessions

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Dear Flight Attendants and Aviation Leaders:

Our aviation industry faces unprecedented challenges as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 crisis. Passenger demand is just now approximately 20% of what it was a year ago, at the same time the European Union announced its member states will not accept air travelers from the United States, and a new spike in coronavirus cases add to safety concerns that undermine confidence in flying. Recovery will take strong leadership from government to ensure confidence in safe air travel and an economy with millions who have a reason to fly and are able to purchase airline tickets rather than one that suffers from massive unemployment, a virus unchecked, and economic depression. Read more

TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiations Update: 07-02-2020

Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) has just finished a 4-day, virtual negotiating session with JetBlue Management. We discussed the following articles:

  • General Union Information
  • Reduced Credit Flying and R&R
  • Missing, Internment, Prisoner, or Hostage of War Benefits.

We made progress on all articles, and we reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on Missing, Internment, Prisoner, or Hostage of War Benefits. Read more