“Civil Rights are Human Rights” is a concept deeply rooted in the foundation of the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU). Social change often starts with pain, outrage, and action from marginalized groups. Pride is no different. We celebrate Pride in June to honor the Stonewall Uprising, which took place in June of 1969, and we want to celebrate and uplift our LGBTQIA+ community, while we continue the fight for respect and equality.

In spite of the progress that we have made toward full equality, it important to remember that the fight is not finished. As we celebrate Pride, this is a great opportunity for action. The Equality Act would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Equality Act would provide anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQIA+ Americans in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces & services, federally funded programs, and jury service. Currently, federal law does not explicitly provide non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This bill has been passed in the House but remains stalled in the Senate. TWU supports our LGBTQIA+ members, and we ask you to please contact your U.S. Senators for support of this legislation. The LGBTQIA+ community and youth have been denied the basic dignity and respect the Equality Act would correct. Pride At Work is the LGBTQIA+ AFL-CIO constituency group who is leading the fight for workers on this important issue. Use this form on the Pride at Work website to call your Senators. While you are there, you can also join Pride At Work at the national, state, or local chapter to continue fighting LGBTQIA+ discrimination at every level in your own community with like-minded union members.

While we continue our fight against COVID-19, Pride parades across our country have been canceled or rescheduled for later in the year. Check your local Pride website to see how you can attend virtually or in person this year. We cannot wait to celebrate with you at future Pride Parades. In the meantime, fly your Pride flags high or attend a virtual event and celebrate!

Shane Rogers-Mauro, Chair
TWU/JetBlue IFC Health & Safety Committee

Our reserve flying partners based in JFK have recently been handed some new complications in their quality of life, their safety, their commute time, and even their wallets.

Under the previous Tentative Agreement, JetBlue Leadership was prohibited from making EWR a co-base for good reasons, and one of them was the safety of our Inflight Crewmembers (IFCs). The EWR co-base has become a reality—just in time for National Safety Month. Since we have yet to reach a ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement, the company has taken full advantage by making sudden changes like this, and unfortunately, we have become too accustomed to them. However, when it pertains to our safety, we must speak out as one. 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

Today, May 31, marks International Flight Attendant Day. International Flight Attendant Day was created to celebrate the contributions of our cabin crew throughout the industry, and those contributions have been even more important than ever during this pandemic. Read more

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that was established to honor Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the liberties we hold today. While this weekend now marks the unofficial start of the summer travel season, we should never forget that Memorial Day was created to honor the brave men and women of our armed services who died defending our country. The Transport Workers Union of America recognizes this day to remember the brave soldiers who selflessly gave of themselves to defend and preserve freedom at home and around the world.

Please fly safely this Memorial Day weekend, and thanks for all you do.

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

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