TWU/JetBlue IFC Unemployment Question Update/Town Hall Questions

The Transport Workers Union of America reached out to JetBlue’s Vice President of Inflight Experience, Ed Baklor, to inquire about the questions we have received about JetBlue using IFCs net wages as opposed to their gross wages when calculating their unemployment eligibility.

Per Mr. Baklor, Crew Relations is aware of the issue, and they are actively working with IFCs who are experiencing this issue to get it resolved. If you are having issues with your unemployment compensation being calculated incorrectly, he has suggested you do one of the following:

  1. Reach out to Crew Relations at CRResources@jetblue.com
  2. Work directly with your supervisor and have it followed up on personally

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The B6 Flyer—TWU/JetBlue IFC News Bulletin, Issue #7


Your Communications Committee and TWU International staff are pleased to send you the seventh issue of The B6 Flyer, a newsletter for JetBlue Inflight Crewmembers.

You can view the newsletter at our website, or you can download the entire file. You can also view it at the TWU JetBlue Inflight Facebook page.

If you have any suggestions for future issues of The B6 Flyer, please reach out to your Communications Committee.

Update for IFCs Regarding New York State’s Quarantine Order

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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JetBlue COVID-19 Update—06-25-2020

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

Juneteenth Commemoration & TWU/JetBlue IFC Town Hall Conference Call

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

TWU Conference Call Reminder and Update About R&R and Opt-Out Programs

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

TWU Addresses Recent JetBlue Announcements Affecting IFCs

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

TWU Honors its Essential IFCs on International Flight Attendant Day

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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TWU COVID-19 Update & Survey Reminder—05-07-2020

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

COVID-19 Survey and Updated CDC Guidelines for Testing

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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