Call your senators and demand a coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package that includes air, rail, and transit workers.

The rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID 19) has sparked alarm worldwide and within the labor movement. In response to this pandemic, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 which covers medical costs and supports the economic security of working families. But we need the U.S. Senate to act quickly and pass a coronavirus stimulus package immediately to ensure relief is provided to frontline workers in the transportation industry.

The Senate must hear the loud voice of TWU members saying “WE NEED THESE PROTECTIONS NOW!”

You can call your senator at (202) 224-3121 and insist upon a coronavirus stimulus package that protects transportation workers immediately. You can also contact your senator directly using this directory. Read more

Please note that IFCs may experience periodic disruptions to the Known Crewmember program. Please refer to the alert posted on knowncrewmember.org, posted in its entirety below:

“Due to the rapid changes caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  is directing Federal Security Directors to implement measures to maintain continuity of business. These measures could include some changes to the operation of Known Crewmember Program (KCM) access point locations. Crewmembers should expect periodic closures of KCM access points without notice. If KCM access points are closed, the TSA will accommodate crewmembers at TSA PreCheck locations where available or at standard passenger screening lanes. The TSA is taking measured steps and following CDC recommended guidance to preserve the health and safety of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs), airline/airport employees and the traveling public during this unprecedented time.”

Today, you received a message from JetBlue Management announcing a rebid for April schedules. JetBlue Management approached the TWU with the reality that JetBlue would be forced to cut their schedule even more than anticipated. With the knowledge that additional schedule cuts would cause massive rescheduling, your Union signed an MOU with Management for a rebid of the April schedule, so that IFC seniority would be honored.

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Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) which detailed precautions specifically targeted towards flight crews in the airline industry. There are numerous safety procedures we follow on the aircraft to keep us safe, but this SAFO serves as a reminder that we must also stay safe on our overnights.

Some of the reminders from the FAA include: Read more

As the new coronavirus, COVID-19, spreads, your Union is taking all possible steps and precautions to ensure that our IFCs are well-protected and informed. In addition, we are coordinating with other Unions, regulatory, and governmental agencies and keeping in close communication with JetBlue Management regarding this rapidly changing situation.

Last week, the TWU communicated with JetBlue Management on COVID-19 related issues, including schedule changes, and made recommendations to the Company to lessen the impact to IFCs. In addition, your TWU Health and Safety Committee sent a letter to JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer requesting more frequent updates on the spread of COVID-19, expanded use on gloves on the aircraft, accessible mounted hand sanitizers for passengers and crew on all aircraft, updated personal protective equipment (PPE), temporary suspension of Blue Turning, more frequent and thorough cleaning of our aircraft, protection from disciplinary action and pay protection if IFCs are quarantined, and payment for all medical costs in case of infection. While we have not received a response at this time, we will continue to advocate to ensure that our IFCs are protected at every level.

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Your Health & Safety Committee wants to update you on the Novel Coronavirus, a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The virus is being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and cases are confirmed in Washington state. Another case is said to have reached into the Texas A&M campus as of Thursday, January 23. Another passenger from Mexico City to Los Angeles was taken to the hospital out of caution, showing symptoms of the virus. Read more