On this day twenty years ago, the world was shaken by one of the most tragic events in the history of our country. The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU) wishes to honor our colleagues and all of the first responders who were lost on September 11, 2001. We also extend our gratitude to the first responders and all workers who were involved in the rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts after that tragic event. Read more
Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) has just completed a three-day bargaining session with JetBlue Management in New York City. While we did hold productive discussions and reached resolution on some smaller issues, we were not able to reach final resolution on some very major issues that are important to IFCs. While we have made significant progress over the last few months, it is understandable that the issues most important to IFCs are the ones that must be hardest fought at the table, and we want you to join that fight by joining our TAP Team. Read more
We hope that all of our IFCs that live or whose loved ones live in the path of Hurricane Ida are safe. If you require assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out so that we can direct you to all available resources.
Regrettably, we have CANCELED our scheduled Union Tuesday meeting in LAX tomorrow and rescheduled it for Monday, September 13th. Our TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) will be in New York to meet with the Company to continue bargaining our first contract. We sincerely apologize for the short notice, but we hope you will be able to attend on Monday, September 13th between 5:00pm and 8:00pm to meet with your NT and TAP Team members. Read more
Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team (NT) met in-person with JetBlue management August 17–19 in New York. Our main topic of discussion was the Mint and TransAtlantic Qualified Roles article. Your NT has heard your many concerns concerning these programs, and we are working diligently to resolve those issues with a legally binding contract. While we did not reach a tentative agreement, we did make some progress, and we have scheduled an additional three-day session on August 31–September 2 to continue discussions with the company. Read more
Based on JetBlue Inflight Crewmember comments and feedback sent directly to your TWU JetBlue IFC Negotiating Team and TAP Committee, concerned JetBlue IFCs have sent an open letter to Ed Baklor. The text of the letter is below. Read more
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
This week I, along with International Administrative Vice President Mike Mayes, joined your TWU IFC Negotiating Team (NT), in New York, for their negotiating session with JetBlue Management. I went to deliver the message personally that the full strength and support of the TWU is behind achieving the first contract our IFCs deserve. Also, that we cannot continue negotiating at the same pace as we have since returning to the bargaining table. During this session we were successful in reaching Tentative Agreements on six articles and started to engage in serious discussions about the issues that our IFCs have prioritized to reach the contract, with work protections, that they deserve.
Meanwhile, I know that you have continued to experience threats, intimidation, and unfair discipline that seem to be coming directly from Vice President of Inflight Ed Baklor. Unfortunately, it appears that Ed continues to react with emotion and fails to recognize that the TWU has offered to work with JetBlue to find solutions to his self-induced staffing and scheduling problems. Other carriers are facing similar staffing issues, as the industry has rebounded faster than economists expected. Other carriers have put provisions in place because flights are so full, to get the Flight Attendants to the duty assignment. Airlines have also worked with their unions to offer financial incentives to cover the short staffing issues in the operation. Mr. Baklor has clearly decided it is easier to blame others and seems to have taken take the low road by putting our IFCs in harm’s way. In one clear example of intimidation, IFCs were replaced and charged with a Refusal for simply asking a question. The Supervisor would not even look the IFCs in the eye and stated, “I’m just the messenger.” I have news for Mr. Baklor—the TWU has a “message” even though we have yet to ratify our first contract with JetBlue, we are prepared to defend our IFCs, and we will not sit by quietly and tolerate your continued bullying. Read more
Earlier today I sent a clear message to Ed Baklor that our IFCs deserve more respect for the work all of you are doing. At TWU, we are proud of the incredible job you are all doing on the front lines during these unprecedented times.
With the operation ramped back up to 2019 levels, nearly overnight, we would have thought that Ed would have praised the loyalty our IFCs have to JetBlue. Instead, he has sent out a constant barrage of threatening messages that put more, not less, pressure on each of you. This is a management failure that must stop. 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