As the only Union committee with a legal MOU between your Union and the company, we feel an even greater sense of responsibility to advocate for each and every one of you. Our committee is working each day on ways to improve communication, feedback, and sourcing of safe and comfortable layover hotels.

We recently held our bi-annual meeting with the ALPA Hotel Committee; our business partner, API; and JetBlue Leadership. There were many topics discussed including the recent IROP, London, and improvement in sourcing and communication. During the meeting with JetBlue management, our committee once again asked for at-will access to the MyCrewHotel database and was once again denied. Stay tuned for a video from our Committee Chair covering those topics and more. Read more

Over the past week, we have all heard the horror stories from last weekend regarding the lack of hotel accommodations and transportation. Being that we are first and foremost IFCs, we were appalled at what we saw transpiring during this predicted weather event. We’ve heard of the unsafe limo transportation issues, hotels not being provided, IFCs sleeping on planes and in the airport, and the substandard hotel accommodations that were finally provided—sometimes at the IFC’s own expense.

We fully understand that sometimes weather conditions can delay flights and even wreak havoc on our schedules. However, it is JetBlue’s responsibility to provide us with safe and adequate transportation and accommodations when we reach our destination. While weather can’t be prevented, it can be prepared for. JetBlue is a 24-hour, 365-day a year operation and when severe situations happen, there must be adequate support for our IFCs. Unfortunately, without proactive actions by the Company, as we have seen in the past, IFCs continue to bear the burden of the Company’s lack of preparation. Read more

The past forty-eight hours have been a difficult time for many of our IFCs. We can’t even begin to express how disappointed, frustrated, and truly sorry we are to hear that some of you were unable to contact Crew Services and receive hotel and/or transportation accommodations. There were IFCs on duty for over twenty-four hours, some were stranded, and others had to sit on the jumpseat to make it back to base. Thom McDaniel, Transport Workers Union (TWU) International Vice President, reached out to JetBlue Leadership to request a complete accounting of the contributing factors of this event and the impact to our IFCs. Read more

Last month, your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) returned to the negotiating table with JetBlue management. After our first Tentative Agreement (TA) was rejected, we immediately went to work, surveying our fellow IFCs; reviewing comments and results; and revising language, to deliver a comprehensive proposal to the Company.

This week, after JetBlue management had a month to review and respond to our proposals, we are not just disappointed, we are angry. Not only did Management fail to address the important issues that must be addressed in the TA, their counter-proposals seem crafted to diminish the quality of our home and work lives. Read more

Please take a moment to watch this video update from your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team.

In solidarity,

Sonya Payne
BOS NT Representative
Stacy Bassford
JFK NT Representative
Dee Lozito-Klimar
FLL NT Representative
Brendan Moriarty
LAX NT Representative
Ernesto Gomez
MCO NT Representative

 

Please take a moment to watch this video message from your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team as we prepare to return to the table today.

Negotiations are scheduled through March 11, and we will update you on our progress. Read more

We are pleased to announce that your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team will resume negotiations with JetBlue Management by videoconference next week. We will begin our meetings at 1:00 P.M., EST on March 9 and conclude on March 11.

We look forward to returning to the bargaining table, and we will update you at the conclusion of the session.

Thank you to everyone who completed the TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiations Comprehensive Survey. The response to the survey was phenomenal, and your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) carefully considered your responses. We met virtually this week to thoroughly review the survey and weigh the results as we prepare to resume negotiations with JetBlue Management.

We have received some inquiries from IFCs asking us to release details about the survey. Your NT is actively using the results of the survey to determine our priorities in our return to the table. Since those results are the equivalent of our playbook to win a contract for our IFCs, we will not release any details about the survey that could negatively impact our position in negotiations. We will use the data you provided to develop proposals and fine tune our arguments as we negotiate our first contract. Read more

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) has a strong history of fighting for civil and human rights that began with our founder, Mike Quill. Unlike other unions, which often treated black Americans as second-class citizens, Quill was ahead of his time by insisting on equality for our black Members.

In 1961, when twenty-five TWU airline workers in Tennessee protested against the union’s support for the Civil Rights desegregation campaign, Quill’s response was to invite the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. to address the TWU Constitutional Convention. He introduced Dr. King to the gathering as “the man who is entrusted with the banner of American liberty that was taken from Lincoln when he was shot 95 years ago. Dr. King’s life at this moment is in just as great danger as was Lincoln’s.” Quill added, “And he has to walk with care if he is to continue to lead this crusade.” Read more

The following Press Release was issued January 13, 2021 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

Federal Aviation Administration Adopts Stricter Unruly Passenger Policy Read more