We have heard from a few of our IFCs regarding the Executive Order No. 205 announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. This order requires

“All travelers entering New York from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average, will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine.”

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First, we’d like to thank everyone who participated in the TWU/JetBlue IFC Town Hall Conference Call last week. We look forward to scheduling another Town Hall call soon. If you were unable to attend live, you can listen to the Town Hall call at the website. We will post additional Q&As on the website to address the questions we didn’t address on the call.

The Transport Workers Union of America has received several questions and concerns regarding issues that have arisen with the many changes in flying and leaves due to COVID-19. Read more

One hundred fifty-five years ago today, the last enslaved Americans were finally given notice of their freedom on a day now commemorated as Juneteenth. However, that notice was not the end of the struggle, and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) realizes that the fight for true equality for African-American workers continues. The TWU honors the descendants of those Americans, and we recognize that we have a solemn duty to ensure your voices are heard in the workplace and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the TWU/JetBlue IFC Town Hall Conference Call on June 19. Our IFCs asked a lot of pertinent questions, so if you’d like to hear the call, including the Q&As, please listen to it on the website. Read more

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) has continued to receive many questions from IFCs about the Company’s Opt-Out and extended R&R programs, which they announced last week. Regardless of what Management has stated, the TWU had no input in the development of these programs, and we did not receive them until a few minutes before they were announced. Suffice it to say, if your Union had been involved, we would have made recommendations, including monetary incentives that were offered to other work groups, to make them more appealing to our JetBlue IFCs.

We understand that decisions about the Company’s Opt-Out and extended R&R programs are very important and potentially life changing. We have asked JetBlue where we should direct IFCs who have questions about their personal situations. JetBlue suggested that IFCs refer to the R&R FAQs linked to Ed Baklor’s updates, your Inflight Supervisor, or Crew Relations at CRResources@jetblue.com. Read more

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) has advocated for additional personal protective equipment for IFCs since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are glad to see that the Company will provide face shields for your use on the aircraft. For IFCs who choose to use a face shield, this can provide an additional form of protection from exposure to coronavirus.

However, we have notified the company that we disagree with their decision to discontinue restrictions on designating one lavatory solely for crew use, as this could increase all crew members’ infection risk. The International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Council Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) has recently recommended that one lavatory should be designated for crew usage only. We have shared our concerns with JetBlue, and we hope that they will continue to follow that recommendation. Read more

May 31, 2020 marks International Flight Attendant Day, and the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) wants to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of our 25,000 essential cabin crew workers. While we appreciate you as members and as front-line, transportation first responders every day, we wanted to take a moment, on this day set aside to honor you, to thank you for all you do.

There are few professions that require a combination of commitment to customer service, safety training, emergency response, and security. You now have the new responsibility of pandemic response. In addition to these roles, you are the public face of your company and your union that spends the most time interacting with customers. The TWU is proud to work with you and represent you.

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As the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) continues to address COVID-19 issues affecting JetBlue IFCs, we would like to update you on the most current issues and let you know what you can do to help.

On April 27, JetBlue announced they would be the first major airline to require all passengers to wear face coverings throughout travel, including during boarding, in flight, and while deplaning. While we applaud the company for this step to provide a safer travel experience, we also understand the impact on our IFCs. On April 29, the TWU sent a letter to JetBlue Management which renewed our request to temporarily discontinue Blue Turns during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the added risk to the IFCs cleaning up passengers discarded masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment. Read more

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We just wanted to ask you to take a moment to complete the TWU/JetBlue IFC COVID-19 Survey. The TWU is trying to determine how many IFCs have been personally impacted by COVID-19, and we want to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes we have negotiated for you. We encourage all IFCS to complete this survey, and we ask you to share the link with your co-workers to increase our sample size. We have not set a closing date for this survey. If you have any changes to report, you can take the survey again, and we will use your last submitted survey. All information submitted will be kept confidential. Read more

Today, as we commemorate International Workers’ Memorial Day, it has never been more important to stand together and fight for a safer workplace for our JetBlue IFCs and for workers everywhere. As you continue to go to work every day, not only are you facing a personal health threat from COVID-19, but you are also witnessing a threat to the industry that supports you and your households.

You are essential workers who are reuniting families and transporting medical workers, volunteers, and supplies where they are needed most. When you perform that vital function, you deserve the safest workplace possible. Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our IFCs have demonstrated that it is more important than ever that we reach a fair contract with JetBlue. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and stay at home directives, your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) held last week’s negotiating session with JetBlue Management remotely via videoconference. We reached one Tentative Agreement on Expenses. We exchanged and discussed proposals on the following articles: Read more