We’d like to welcome you to the first of many Union Tuesdays provided by our Union Leadership. Union Tuesdays will provide an opportunity to get to know your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) members, TWU International leadership, and our TAP team, as well as other TWU/JetBlue IFC advocates. We wanted to create an atmosphere that touched on our “FUN” company value, something that has been severely lacking at present, and give you access to individuals you may have only seen online over the past several months. We encourage you to ask your TWU leadership any questions you may have, and we will be sure to direct you to the correct answer, person, or resource as soon as we can. Read more

The TWU & TAP Steering Committee has heard of the new implementations of doctor’s notes over the critical coverage days. Unfortunately, in the absence of a ratified agreement which provides us a grievance procedure, JetBlue management maintains the unilateral right to make changes that can have a significant impact on our lives. The company can and will amend their practices as outlined in the Blue Book for business purposes, and the only way we can stop that is if we have a contract. Read more

Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) met with JetBlue Management in New York last week for a two-day bargaining session. Both sides exchanged counterproposals on Scheduling and non-economic issues, and we reached one Tentative Agreement on Probation. As we continue bargaining the remaining open articles, it’s important to remember that those articles contain the issues most important to our IFCs, and we are working to address them.

We are aware that as we go to the bargaining table to fight for a fair contract, JetBlue Management continues to shift the burden and blame for their operational issues onto the IFCs. If you have been affected by the Newark Co-Base, extended duty days, daily reschedules, the OBL “bait and switch,” or phone calls from Crew Scheduling in the middle of the night on your day off, you are not alone—we hear you. Read more

Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) continues to receive alarming reports from IFCs regarding the EWR Co-Base. We have received reports of ASB assignments that cause IFCs to use public transportation alone, late at night and early in the morning; rideshares that cost over $100; and long days without an adequate place to rest. In particular, many of our Reserve IFCs are facing fear and anxiety that is completely unnecessary. Read more

As our TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) continues to fight for us at the negotiating table, we’d like to introduce an IFC-led advocacy program that was formed based on feedback given to TWU. We recognize the need for education—not only as it pertains to our Tentative Agreement (TA) but to our Union as a whole. We need to understand how our Union works and empowers us, so we’d like to introduce you to the B6 TWU Ambassador Program (TAP) Steering Committee: Lyndi Howard (Chair), Jill Harris, Tyesha Best, and Elizabeth Smith. Read more

We are excited to announce that your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team is in New York negotiating face-to-face with JetBlue Management for the first time since February 2020, when we went virtual due to the pandemic.

At our last session, JetBlue Management presented a concessionary counterproposal for our IFCs, who are a key reason for JetBlue’s continuing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which even the company recognizes. We have just left the table where we delivered a comprehensive counterproposal sending a strong message that our IFCs are not interested in going backward. As the recovery of the airline industry accelerates, we will not be left behind. 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.