Labor Unions & Airlines Urge U.S. Attorney General to Take Action to Protect IFCs

Recently, the TWU has seen a dramatic increase in disruptive, and sometimes violent, behavior in the flying public. As flying levels return to normal, these incidents are impacting the daily lives of our members. In order to address these incidents, a coalition of labor unions (including the TWU) and the airlines industry trade organization, Airlines for America, have joined together to call on the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to address this growing problem. On June 21, this coalition sent a letter to the Attorney General that states: Read more

Juneteenth is Now a Federal Holiday

On Thursday, June 17, President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law, which establishes June 19 as the federal holiday, Juneteenth. Juneteenth (a portmanteau created by combining the words “June” and “nineteenth”), celebrates the day in 1865 that all black Americans finally received official notice from United States Army Major General Granger that “all slaves are free,” when the message was finally delivered to Galveston, Texas after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, almost two and a half years earlier. Read more

Your Negotiating Team Addresses Ongoing EWR Co-Base Concerns

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

Happy Pride 2021!

“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!

Concerns Regarding Safety and Commuting to EWR Co-Base

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

Call for TAP Members

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

Happy Flight Attendant Appreciation Day

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

In Remembrance—Memorial Day 2021

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.

Return to In-Person Negotiations: NT Update—05-18-2021

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

Hotel Committee Update—05-05-2021

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