Since last March, our industry has been challenged by the largest obstacle we’ve ever faced as Crewmembers—the COVID-19 pandemic. Your TWU/JetBlue IFC Health, Safety, and Security Committee, along with others from within the Transport Workers Union (TWU), has been working diligently to ensure our safety as IFCs since the very beginning of the pandemic. Our urgent letters to Joanna Geraghty and TWU International President John Samuelsen’s letter to the FAA and OSHA addressed many issues, which later became implemented, and some (including the suspension of the Blue Turn) which were denied. Our committee continues to monitor the daily reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and we field questions from our IFCs regarding testing, quarantine, displacement per management issues, and our Memorandum of Understanding—an agreement we made regarding COVID-19—which spells out the JetBlue direction we take when exposed or ill.
We now look ahead to the newly FDA-approved vaccines, which may be right around the corner, and we hope to be receiving vaccinations in our workgroup very soon. Yesterday, as a result of ongoing collaboration, a coalition of transportation unions, including the TWU, sent a letter to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices requesting frontline aviation workers be prioritized in the next phase of vaccine allocation (Phase 1b), after health workers and residents in long term facilities. As essential workers, we are not only vital to the distribution and administration of the vaccine but also to the recovery of our industry and the economy.
We will continue to diligently monitor all COVID-19-related concerns, procedures, and requirements in the coming weeks. We have seen concerns on social media about changes in company policy concerning changes in COVID-19 precautions regarding quarantine, service procedures, and unblocking seats near jumpseats. While social media can be a helpful form of communication, please report any health, safety and security concerns to our committee, so we can address them directly with management through the TWU.
Above all, please continue to keep safety as your #1 priority, and protect yourself and those around you at all times. Vaccines are promising to our industry, but we must never let our guard down. Our Inflight Crewmembers are among the bravest and most important of essential workers, and we remain dedicated to your health, safety, and security now and always.
If you have any questions for me or the TWU/JetBlue IFC Health, Safety, and Security Committee, please reach out us directly.