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COVID-19 Impact and Updates

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has received numerous inquiries about recent Inflight Updates regarding procedures after COVID-19 tests and pay protection. Your Union has requested clarification from JetBlue management, and we will notify you when we have reached a resolution. Until then, please follow company procedures as published, and, if you have any questions, reach out to your Union for assistance.

We have also had many IFCs who suffered significant shortages on their most recent paychecks. When we notified management of the error, they told us that affected IFCs would have a check sent to them via U.S. Mail or the correction would be included in their next scheduled paycheck. While it is understandable to have occasional payroll discrepancies, they should be resolved quickly and efficiently, especially when many IFCs face additional challenges from the current pandemic. We have requested a solution from the Company, and we will update you on our progress.

On the September 10 Virtual Pocket Session, an anonymous employee asked whether IFCs should be tasked with putting down trays on turns to help with on-time performance. Ian Deason stated that he thought it was a “good idea,” and that if IFCs have fulfilled their safety duties, and anything else that is regulatory in nature, they can pitch in. He further elaborated that Crewmembers or Business Partners would appreciate the support for the turns that required tables to be cleaned.

We have reached out to Inflight Leadership for clarification about Mr. Deason’s recommendation. According to published procedures, there has been no change in IFC responsibilities during turns, and you are not required to lower tray tables between flights. If you are told to do this by ground personnel, or if you experience any other cleaning irregularities, please notify the TWU by completing the TWU/IFC Cabin Cleaning Discrepancy Form.

As your Negotiating Team (NT) continues to push for a fair contract, it is time to step up and join our Contract Action Team (CAT). Please register today to assist your NT in reaching an agreement that will protect our IFCs, especially during the uncertainty of the pandemic.

As we enter the last half of September, we are getting closer to the date that the CARES Act Payroll Support Program (PSP) will end. On October 1, tens of thousands of airline employees (including JetBlue employees) could be furloughed. The TWU, the labor movement, all air carriers, and bipartisan majorities of both houses of Congress all support a clean extension of the PSP to protect airline jobs through March 31 to allow our industry to recover, but it will take cooperation through the White House and Congress to make that happen. We are asking you to make three phone calls, as soon as possible; one to each of your Senators and one to your House Member:

  • U.S. Senate: 888-848-4824
  • U.S. House of Representatives: 888-907-9365

Do your part—call the number above and ask for your elected officials. Then tell them to support your job and our industry by supporting a clean extension of the CARES Act PSP.

Please continue to stay safe at home and at work. Together, we will make it through this.