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On Thursday, Local 100 members, along with its transit allies and other union members, took a stand against New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) recently proposed contract demanding cutbacks and concessions.

As the night sky fell over them, members lit up 2 Broadway outside the NYCT Headquarters as they stood along side their brothers and sisters, political figures and labor allies with signs reading “The Bleeding Stops Here! Take a Stand.”

...Read more >> December 22, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner in a news conference proclaimed his party’s intentions of voting down a measure passed last week by the Senate. The Senate voted in a bipartisan fashion (89-10) to extend payroll tax cuts and some unemployment benefits, yet the House is once again holding hostage the American Middle class by not approving extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits for those that have the unfortunate circumstance of losing jobs in this dire economy.

...Read more >> December 19, 2011

This week may be the last that Congress is in session before the holidays, but only if they finish the important work before them. The House of Representatives is slated to vote on an unemployment insurance bill that slashes benefits, coupled with a provision to keep the Keystone XL project alive under the auspices of creating jobs and is expected to pass on a party-line vote. What the Senate would do with it is unclear (though a floor speech from Senator Durbin, the Assistant Majority Leader leans against passing the bill) federal unemployment benefits expire December 31, and action is needed. Later the House will vote on military construction spending, and the defense authorization. In addition to tackling the UI bill, the Senate will also vote on a balance budget amendment this week.

...Read more >> December 12, 2011

Statement by TWU International President James C. LittleThe U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee made the right call. Thirty thousand TWU members are critical to the current and future operations of American Airlines and American Eagle. AMR, the parent company of both airlines, has substantial short-term and long-term obligations to TWU members. We have earned a seat on the creditors’ committee as the company goes through a Chapter 11 restructuring.

...Read more >> December 05, 2011

AMR, parent of American Airlines and American Eagle, filed for bankruptcy last week even though the company is sitting on $4.1 billion in cash and is able to pay its bills. AMR’s ads in USA Today and the poor excuse for news coverage on network television last Tuesday would lead an average person to conclude that this bankruptcy is no big deal because the planes will still fly, passengers won’t lose frequent flyer miles and for all intents and purposes, business will run as usual.

...Read more >> December 02, 2011

Fears about not being able to provide shelter for their families along with the normal every day necessities are echoing amongst the American Airline (AA) TWU members after AA filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 29 which has put contract talks on hold.

TWU members fear layoffs, reduced benefits and pays cuts, all things that will affect how they provide for themselves and their families. Their retirement funds and pensions are now at risk.

...Read more >> December 01, 2011

Today, TWU International President James C. Little sent letters to Congress regarding American Airlines filing for bankruptcy on Nov. 29.  The letters are to make certain we open the dialogue about what is to come and to potentially avoid the devastating affects this will have for TWU members.
 
You can read the letters here and here.

...Read more >> November 30, 2011

We are very disappointed by today’s action by AMR. The Transport Workers Union will do everything possible to protect our members at both American Airlines and American Eagle. Work at both airlines will continue through the Chapter 11 reorganization.

...Read more >> November 29, 2011

Last week, the super committee failed to find a solution to creating revenue and attacking our Nation’s deficit. Democratic members of the committee said Republicans had two goals; extending bush tax cuts and cutting Medicare. As the Defense Act comes to the floor in the Senate this week, and avoiding sequestration heavily on the minds of members, Senator McCain is offering an amendment to repeal sequestration of defense funding. Sequestration requires an across the board cut of both Domestic (500 billion) and Defense (500 billion); however, no one knows where the money will come out from in the domestic budget if defense is spared.

...Read more >> November 28, 2011

Friday November 18, 2011 was a terrible day for workers' rights. The Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America and the Transport Workers Union join together in condemning the decision by the National Mediation Board denying charges of management interference by Delta Air Lines in the November 2010 union representation election. The NMB decision throws out 60 years of bargaining rights for the Northwest Flight Attendants and denies the Delta Flight Attendants any say over their working conditions. The decision ignores the outrageous interference of Delta management in the union election among 20,000 flight attendants.

...Read more >> November 23, 2011

Congressional intransigence appears to be at an all time high as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, more commonly known as the ‘Super Committee’, failed to move forth any plans for reducing the debt and deficit. Assembled by Congress after the debt limit debacle in August, the committee was tasked with fixing the Nation’s balance sheets, but as a result of Republicans’ unwillingness to compromise on anything the committee announced Monday morning, (11/21/11) it officially failed in finding cuts. “After months of hard work and intense deliberations, we have come to the conclusion today that it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee’s deadline,” co-chairmen Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said. “Despite our inability to bridge the committee’s significant difference ... we remain hopeful that Congress can build on this committee’s work and can find a way to tackle this issue in a way that works for the American people and our economy.”

...Read more >> November 22, 2011

James C. Little, President of the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU), announced today that the Committee on Freedom of Association of the International Labor Organization (ILO) has found that the New York law banning and penalizing public worker strikes violates fundamental workers’ rights protected by international law. This decision upholds a complaint filed in 2009 by Little and former Local 100 President (now International Vice President) Roger Toussaint.

The Committee found that the outright ban on public sector strikes under New York’s Taylor Law, as well as the punishments it imposes on “illegal” strikes (including fines, loss of dues check off and imprisonment of union leaders), violates the Freedom of Association protected under ILO Conventions 87 and 98.

...Read more >> November 16, 2011

This week both chambers of Congress are in session in Washington, DC and have several important hearings as well as floor votes scheduled. The House will vote on a balanced budget amendment, as determined in the agreement made earlier this year in August, to keep the federal government funded. Expected also is a vote on another continuing resolution to keep certain agencies of the government open again by Friday of this week. The Senate is slated to take a similar vote on different agencies and may take a vote on a bill that would roll back the powers of the National Labor Relations Board.

...Read more >> November 14, 2011

Dear TWU Brothers & Sisters,

In honor and recognition of Veterans Day, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to those who have and continue to risk and sacrifice their lives to fight for the freedoms we at home often take for granted.

Since World War II, The Transport Workers Union has been dedicated to supporting the men and women deployed to fight for our country and for those returning from a tour of duty. In honoring that tradition, the Air Transit Division Veterans Committee was formed. Their success in providing assistance to our Union Brother and Sister Veterans in obtaining the resources and benefits they so deserve has opened doors for Veterans committees across all divisions and has extended the National recognition and appreciation shown to America's Veterans on Veterans Day, to a year round, 365 day commitment.

...Read more >> November 10, 2011

Ohioans came out in full force Tuesday night and proved that an attack on workers’ rights was not going to happen and overturned Ohio’s SB 5 law eliminating collective bargaining.

In what was one of the most watched elections the nation has seen, with an outcome that could have set a domino affect of attacks on workers’ rights across the nation, SB5 was defeated with 63 percent voting to repeal the law!

SB5 eliminated collective bargaining rights of some 350,000 public employees.

Those public employees and other Ohio union members and non union members demonstrated that a voice on the job was a right not to be taken away.

...Read more >> November 09, 2011

The House is recessed this week, and the Senate is expected to vote on the veterans’ component of the American Jobs Act, after failing to pass the infrastructure piece last week. Senate committees are meeting, including a hearing on the TSA reauthorization in the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, a review of Unemployment Insurance programs in Finance, and after much waiting, a mark-up of the Senate’s 2-year Surface Reauthorization in Environment and Public Works.

...Read more >> November 09, 2011

This week both chambers of Congress are in, with the Republican leadership in the House deciding to spend their last weeks before the holiday recess voting to roll back America’s system for enacting safeguarding regulations. The Senate will attempt to confirm presidential nominations that have met GOP resistance, and will also debate the extension of the payroll tax holiday that plumped everyone’s paycheck this year.

...Read more >> November 05, 2011

Off-year elections are often sleepy affairs with low turnout and not much voter enthusiasm.

Nobody’s sleeping in Ohio in 2011. After an intense campaign, the state’s eight million registered voters will have a chance to vote on Issue Two. A “yes” vote supports SB 5, Gov. John Kasich’s controversial ban on collective bargaining for public employees. But if a majority votes “no,” the law will be repealed.

SB 5 was pushed through a Republican-dominated legislature in March of 2010, despite energetic protests at the state capitol by tens of thousands of workers and citizens. For every protestor – including many of our TWU members – who came to Columbus, there are thousands more who agree that restricting basic workplace rights for public employees is unfair and has little to do with Ohio’s budget problems.

According to the Washington Post/Pew Research Center Poll, “Occupy Wall Street” protests are more popular than the Tea Party movement. People just aren’t buying what the wealthy elite and their political cronies are selling.

...Read more >> November 02, 2011

This week both the House and Senate are in session. In the Senate, Reid has indicated that members will vote on a minibus that includes Transportation-HUD funding. The House leadership has made it clear that they will conference with the Senate on all appropriations bills, including those yet to be voted on.

...Read more >> November 01, 2011

The TWU Fleet Service and Ground Service Bargaining Committee at American Airlines, representing more than 11,000 workers at dozens of locations across the United States, has reached a tentative agreement for a new four-year labor contract.

The proposed pact includes a 6 percent signing bonus, an immediate 3 percent structural base pay increase and three additional 2 percent structural increases, which will take effect 12 months, 24 months and 36 months following ratification, respectively.

“Considering the economic times in which we live, I believe it is imperative that our members have their voices heard in the direction they would have us move. If this agreement is ratified, it will provide significant pay increases to fleet service and ground service workers,” said Donny Tyndall, president of TWU Local 502, representing union members in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, Santa Ana, and Tucson. “The local presidents who were at the bargaining table agreed that we should send this tentative agreement to our rank-and-file members for their decision."

...Read more >> October 26, 2011

An overwhelming majority of flight attendants at Virgin America, a low-cost carrier known for high quality service and innovative onboard amenities, has filed a petition at the National Mediation Board (NMB) seeking union representation with the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU).

...Read more >> October 24, 2011

Workers at Lakeland Area Mass Transit District (Citrus Connection) in Lakeland, Fla. and Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 in Pennsylvania will no longer be at will employees following their vote to join TWU locals 525 and 282 respectively.

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20
The employees for Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 came out victorious on Oct. 19 after a 50-21 vote for a union.

The campaign win came after workers approached TWU because of the lack of benefits they had, such as no sick days and no holidays. The workers also faced numerous changes made by management, such as increasing work hours from 25 to 30 hours to receive benefits, which many are not meeting because of the route changes and unfair treatment from management.

...Read more >> October 24, 2011

An overwhelming majority of flight attendants at Virgin America, a low-cost carrier known for high quality service and innovative onboard amenities, has filed a petition at the National Mediation Board (NMB) seeking union representation with the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU).

Flying Virgin can be enjoyable for passengers but flight attendants have a very different experience,” TWU Organizing Director Frank MacCann said. “Work rules are inconsistently enforced, promises regarding rest, vacation and benefits are often broken, and discipline for minor violations can be unnecessarily harsh and inconsistently applied,” McCann said. “It’s become difficult for flight attendants, who helped build this company, to believe what management tells them. Flight attendants realize that the only way they can improve their working conditions is to form a union.”

More than 650 flight attendants work for Virgin America and are domiciled in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Founded by British media and transportation mogul Richard Branson, the airline began U.S. operations in 2007 and flies to 12 U.S. cities and three locations in Mexico.

...Read more >> October 24, 2011

Those are the chants echoed throughout Zuccotti Park as Occupy Wall Street has sparked solidarity actions across the nation from North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan and Kentucky and internationally to Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, England and Canada.

The movement has also received support and endorsements from numerous organizations and labor unions, such as TWU.

Since Oct. 5, TWU has pledged its support to Occupy Wall Street and similar actions across the nation and on Oct. 13 the TWU International donated a generator to Occupy DC so they can continue their peaceful grassroots movement inspired and based on Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Together.

“It’s about working families, our future, our economy,” said International President James C. Little as he thanked Occupy DC protestors. “ This is making people aware and I’m very proud to say TWU will be standing behind and supporting all of these activities.”

...Read more >> October 20, 2011

The TWU’s alliance with the Occupy Wall Street movement has been internationally recognized by The Frente Autentico de Trabajadores (FAT) or Authentic Workers' Front, the most significant independent union federation in Mexico. Download the Spanish letter here.

Here is their solidarity statement translated into English:

...Read more >> October 19, 2011

The House is in recess this week, leaving the Senate to begin tackling appropriations. During the week their plan is to focus on a small packing of departments they believe they can find consensus on. Senate HELP is holding a subcommittee hearing on the effects of the recession on older Americans, as well as marking up an overhaul to EASA—the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which has been known as “No Child Left Behind” in recent years.

...Read more >> October 17, 2011

On October 6, 2011 the White House announced the appointment of five-member Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) to investigate and make non-binding recommendations in the dispute involving TWU and 10 other rail labor unions and the National Carrier’s Conference Committee which represent the freight railroads.

...Read more >> October 15, 2011

It all started with an email.

Back in July, the staff of AdBusters, a small Vancouver-based magazine, proposed an idea: A demonstration on Wall Street to show disgust with economic inequality, lack of action on jobs and growing corporate control over the levers of our democracy.

...Read more >> October 14, 2011

In an effort to bring both chambers of Congress to a consensus and make an immediate shift in the economy for those on Main Street, President Obama introduced his proposal, the American Jobs Act.

House Republicans have made progress very difficult, pushing a host of demands and expectations with legislation they consider. They say they want deficit cuts, tax cuts, protections for small businesses, incentives so big business will hire, means to address our transportation and infrastructure, and the ability to pay for every proposal.

Interestingly enough, the American Jobs Act made the effort to address all of these needs and more. The entire cost of the bill is $447 billion, the Congressional Budget Office scored the Senate version of the bill and revealed that it will produce $453 billion in revenue, and reduce the deficit by $6 billion over the next decade. In tax cuts, the plan showed pay-roll taxes being cut in half, a payroll tax holiday, tax cuts to small businesses and an immediate end to tax loopholes for the wealthiest among us. The bill outlined incentives to businesses that hire veterans, the unemployed and long-term unemployed. The proposal allocated funding to prevent layoffs of teachers, firefighters, and police. And, also funding to rebuild our infrastructure and transportation- including transit operating assistance, and house foreclosure relief.

...Read more >> October 13, 2011

On Wednesday, October 12 TWU International President James C. Little sent a letter to all House of Representative members in support of the Carnahan/LaTourette Transit Assistance Act.

Read the letter below or download the .pdf here.

Dear Representative:

In the face of some of the highest ridership on public transportation ever, 85% of transit systems across this nation are struggling to maintain budgets and have had to settle for cutting service, raising fares, or worse leaving many without a job or the ability to get to one.

For years the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO has fought hard to have flexibility in capital funds allocated for transit. We believe that having new buses, new buildings, and new trains is commendable, but without the diligent and hard working employees, the system will never move.

...Read more >> October 13, 2011

The Senate voted on two contentious issues Tuesday evening a bill condemning currency manipulation by the Chinese government which passed and the President’s jobs bill, the American Jobs Act which failed.

Important business continues in the upper chamber Wednesday when the three pending free trade agreements—Panama, South Korea, and Colombia—will likely be debated on the Senate floor and debate on the issue is also expected in the House.

...Read more >> October 12, 2011

TWU Local 100 amped up its alliance with Occupy Wall Street (OWS) this past Wednesday by joining the largest demonstration since OWS kicked off last month.

...Read more >> October 07, 2011

The Transport Workers Union International Executive Council voted unanimously on October 5, 2011 to support Occupy Wall Street and similar actions across the country.

Occupy Wall Street, which began on September 17, 2011, has shown to be a growing widespread grassroots movement to create an economy that works for everyone. The TWU is proud to show support where there is a focus on corporate greed and job creation instead of bailouts for the wealthy.

...Read more >> October 06, 2011

Recently, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, on behalf of the 250,000 union brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, sent a letter to TWU extending their appreciation for our support against the attacks on Wisconsin workers. You can see the letter here.

...Read more >> September 28, 2011

In a major breakthrough, members of TWU Local 252 have confirmed the right to preferential hiring and union recognition with Veolia Transportation, selected by Nassau County to be the new private-sector contractor for LI Bus routes and operations.

...Read more >> September 26, 2011

Transportation funding and ensuring African Americans are at the table during planning and implementation of transportation were discussed at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference this past week in Washington, DC.

The panel, sponsored by TWU, “Moving Toward Livable and Sustainable Communities: Are African Americans Being Left Behind?” part of the Future Focus Series, discussed how the needs of the low- and moderate-income African Americans must remain a priority as the threats to cut transportation funding continue.

...Read more >> September 26, 2011

In a major breakthrough, members of TWU Local 252 have confirmed the right to preferential hiring and union recognition with Veolia Transportation, selected by Nassau County to be the new private-sector contractor for LI Bus routes and operations.

“This is a huge victory for union solidarity and workers standing together,” said Pat Bowden, president of TWU Local 252, representing more than 930 workers at LI Bus. “Veolia told our members they had to re-apply for their current jobs as individuals. We said, ‘Actually, we’re in this together, and we’re going to apply together – as a union.’”

...Read more >> September 26, 2011

On September 20 TWU members rallied on the steps of capitols and in the streets across the country to tell Congress “Don’t X Out Public Transit.”

...Read more >> September 20, 2011

TWU utilized its political activists on Sept. 15 to reach out to Sen. Coburn (R-Ok) and demanded his release on the bill to avert another Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shutdown.

...Read more >> September 16, 2011

Members from New York, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New Jersey, Michigan and California lobbied on Capital Hill Sept. 13 to show congressional members they are the faces of workers whose very own livelihood, as well as those unemployed, is in jeopardy if funding was cut or eliminated from transportation and infrastructure.

...Read more >> September 14, 2011

In a strong showing of grass roots support for President Obama’s “American Jobs Act,” Transport Workers Union (TWU) members from Akron, Columbus, New York, Omaha, San Francisco and other cities will be on Capitol Hill this week to lobby in favor of the legislation, which includes $50 billion to upgrade America’s road, rails and airports. 

...Read more >> September 12, 2011

An unlikely trio, the president of the AFL-CIO, the president of the Chamber of Commerce and the President of the United States of America last month stood in the White House Rose Garden and called for the reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Act. President Obama again drew the link between transportation and jobs this past Thursday in his speech before a joint session of Congress.

...Read more >> September 11, 2011

Ten years ago on Sept. 11, 2001 America faced one of the greatest travesties in its history as two planes struck the World Trade Center buildings in New York and another plane hit the Pentagon killing a total of 3,000 people. 

...Read more >> September 09, 2011

Tonight we acknowledge President Obama’s bold call to Congress to stop the political circus and finally work on creating jobs, and protecting the livelihood of our workers. 

...Read more >> September 08, 2011

Texas union members, officials and retiree’s kicked off the Labor Day weekend early by joining AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for an afternoon lunch Sept. 1st in Dallas hosted by the Texas AFL-CIO. Union members gathered to hear Trumka speak about the legislative challenges labor faces and the continued unemployment crisis in America.

...Read more >> September 07, 2011

Congress returns to session this week after the August recess. The "supercommittee" tasked with bringing the deficit into control has scheduled its organizational meeting for Thursday (9/8) morning, the same day President Obama will unveil his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress.

...Read more >> September 07, 2011

NMB Arbitration proffer rejected by TWU – 10 other rail unions

Yesterday afternoon the National Mediation Board proffered arbitration to TWU and 10 other Rail Labor unions in national negotiations with the freight railroads. [Click here for NMB PROFFER]

...Read more >> September 04, 2011

"Which Side Are You On?" is a song written in 1931 by Florence Reece, the wife of an organizer for the United Mine Workers. "It seems like it's illegal to fight for the union anymore," is a lyric that feels very current. Even the right to collectively bargain is under attack from state governments. This push against unions is raising questions about basic worker rights.

...Read more >> September 03, 2011

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This Labor Day as thousands march in parades around the country, we know that we are in the fight of our lives. As TWU members, we have not only built America, but “We Move America.” 
...Read more >> September 03, 2011

An estimated 1 million workers will lose their jobs in one year if Congress does not pass a clean extension for the Surface Transportation and for the Federal Aviation Administration bills said President Obama today during his press conference on America’s infrastructure. 

...Read more >> August 31, 2011

Building on the success of the inaugural AFL-CIO Young Workers Summit last year, hundreds of young workers, activists and leaders will come together Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Minneapolis for the Next Up Young Workers Summit. This Next Up gathering of young workers is part of the AFL-CIO’s long-term outreach to workers 35 and younger.

...Read more >> August 30, 2011

After the firings, the members teamed up and started petitions for the fired workers. Despite the length of time it took, they all stuck together handing out fliers and protests to give people a chance to understand that it could happen to any of them. 

...Read more >> August 22, 2011

A U.S. delegation of labor leaders, led by Transport Workers Union International Administrative Vice President John Conley, met with Japanese government officials at their embassy in Washington, D.C. on August 16th. 

...Read more >> August 18, 2011

TWU Workers’ Rights are Human Rights activists from around the country joined forces with other labor unions and allies to help with the get out of the vote efforts leading up to the historical August 9 recall elections in Wisconsin.

...Read more >> August 17, 2011

Representative John Mica (R-Fla., Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) received an unexpected, but sizzling ,Texas reception at the Marriott Hotel on Aug. 11 in Houston while attending a fundraiser hosted by the I-69 Alliance Group. As a possible coincidence, just two doors down from Mica’s location, the Exxon/Mobil “big wigs” were meeting as well. Adjoining rooms perhaps?

...Read more >> August 15, 2011

They attacked the working class, gave corporations tax cuts, eliminated collective bargaining and slashed funding for education while ignoring the needs of the people, such as affordable health care and good jobs. They are the governors of nine states across America nominated for Worst Governor Ever. 

...Read more >> August 15, 2011

Military veterans from the Air Transport Division met Aug. 9 and10, in Hurst, Texas. The Veterans Committee members began their quarterly meeting by honoring their outgoing officers; Chairman Thom Lee, Local 565; Recording Secretary Jenni Proctor-Timms, Local 514; and Vice Chair Paul Mazarra, Local 530. Lee and Mazarra (retired) were unable to attend, but each officer received a plaque thanking them for their dedication and leadership.

...Read more >> August 09, 2011

Following a tumultuous week of early recess that ended in an emergency FAA extension , both chambers of Congress are out of session until the evening of September 7. While they’re back in their home districts, many will be meeting with constituents and hosting town hall meetings. Stay tuned for more news regarding actions you can take during this August recess to keep your legislators accountable!

...Read more >> August 08, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that he had reached a deal with other Congressional leaders to end the FAA shutdown and get America’s aviation system back to work. This agreement comes after nearly three weeks of gridlock, during which the US government lost over half a billion dollars in revenues while 4,000 FAA employees were furloughed and 70,000 airport construction workers were told to go home.

...Read more >> August 04, 2011

While the nation and the news media have largely been focused on the debt talks, and everyone hopes for a soft landing, the GOP has demonstrated how far they’re willing to go if their demands are not met: They’ve crashed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

...Read more >> August 02, 2011

Everyone’s attention will be tuned to the deal reached to extend the nation’s debt ceiling this week. After several weeks of partisan stand-offs and failed attempts at compromise, President Obama and leaders from both parties have agreed to a plan that will get America through the 2012 elections before having to approach the topic again.

...Read more >> August 01, 2011

TWU members and retiree’s attended the TWU Texas State Conference meeting this week hosted by Local 555 in Dallas, Texas to prepare for the ongoing political struggles and hear from featured guest speakers Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (District 10) and Texas AFL-CIO Vice President John Patrick.

...Read more >> July 28, 2011

With the federal government rapidly approaching the debt ceiling, most of Congressional leadership’s time has been dedicated to negotiation a way to avoid default. After weeks of failed compromises and false starts, Senate Majority Leader Reid unveiled his plan to raise the limit by $2.7 trillion through a combination of deep domestic cuts and raised revenues on Monday morning. By the afternoon, Speaker of the House Boehner released his version of the plan, which requires the Congress to vote on a balanced budget amendment. These developments leave the two chambers six working days to work through the differences and get a bill to President Obama’s desk by the August 2 default date.

...Read more >> July 28, 2011

Congressional Republicans, doing the bidding of Tea Party fanatics, are holding the U.S. economy hostage to their demand to slash vital programs like Social Security and Medicare while continuing to give away billions in corporate welfare and tax subsidies to big business. They are threatening to vote as a bloc against raising the U.S. debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline, unless the Obama Administration and Democrats agree to trillions of dollars in cuts to these essential programs without touching corporate tax giveaways. At the same time, the jobs crisis is getting worse.

...Read more >> July 22, 2011

American Airlines announced on July 20 an unprecedented financial investment in the ordering of 460 new aircraft. Gerard Arpey, Chairman and CEO of AMR and American Airlines said that today’s order represents another important step in the company’s strategy to build a strong foundation for the future.

...Read more >> July 21, 2011

Its official- union busting Senate Bill 5 will be on the ballot in November for the citizens of Ohio to overturn. On July 21 state election officials announced that enough certified petition signatures were submitted to get a referendum.

...Read more >> July 21, 2011

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could shutdown this Friday, July 22 thanks to Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who are threatening to block renewal of funding because stripping aviation and rail workers of their rights is more important to them than airline safety and jobs.

...Read more >> July 21, 2011

A new body representing workers in oneworld alliance airlines made its first move by offering a constructive partnership between trade unions and management on problem-solving and negotiation.

...Read more >> July 19, 2011

Over 30 women from TWU Air and Transit Division locals are attending the three-day Working Women’s Committee meeting this week in Cocoa Beach, Florida hosted by TWU Local 525.

...Read more >> July 19, 2011

In all six Wisconsin state senate Democratic primaries the real Democratic candidates won against fake Democrats put forward by Tea Party backers hoping to stall the recall election of Republican state senators who are facing the wrath of Wisconsin voters for ramming through the bill that cripples collective bargaining.

...Read more >> July 15, 2011

Cutting mass transit by one third is going backwards and not forwards! The "New Direction" that Chairman Mica proposes is a direction in the wrong way. The facts are clear, transit authorities are making serious cuts to service and staffing while ridership is steadily rising. Report after report clearly states that the fastest way to jump start the economy, bring innovation, build America, and create and save jobs is through investing in the country's transportation and infrastructure.

...Read more >> July 11, 2011

A question for GOP governors: How’s that “bash-the-workers” thing working out for you?

Not so well, according to public opinion polls. Republican governors leading the charge to cut health care, gut pensions, and cancel bargaining rights for public employees have seen their approval ratings tank.

Rick Scott, who cut $8 billion from Florida’s education budget and is attacking workplace rights for classroom teachers, has a rock-bottom 29 percent approval rating.

...Read more >> July 11, 2011

Senate leadership chose to forgo their planned July 4 vacation this week, placing both chambers in session this week. In the House, the Defense Appropriations will be brought to the floor, while the Senate debates a resolution on the US’s involvement in Libya. Senate Republicans boycotted the mark-ups of the three pending free trade bills, angry over short notice the week before a holiday and the inclusion of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for workers affected by outsourcing. This week the House will hold its own mark-ups, with the TAA provision excluded.

...Read more >> July 06, 2011

Conservative Governors in states around the country are sticking to their ideology that spending cuts will create jobs, despite the facts showing that government spending actually leads to economic growth and more jobs. 

...Read more >> July 05, 2011

Two children of TWU members have been awarded college scholarships in the 2011 Union Plus Scholarship Program along with 128 other students from union households.

...Read more >> July 05, 2011

A semi-truck stuffed with petitions delivered nearly 1.3 million signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State on June 29 in order to put union busting SB 5 up for a citizen’s veto. Thousands of Ohioans marched through the streets of the capitol in the People’s Parade to deliver the signatures, which were over five times the number needed to get the bill on the ballot for a public referendum.

...Read more >> June 30, 2011

The Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund awarded its sixth annual Bert and Annabel Seidman Prize for Advancing Social Policy to National Labor College (NLC) student Gary Schaible, Vice President of TWU Local 565.

...Read more >> June 29, 2011

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking an important step to make union elections fairer by proposing changes to speed up the often delayed and difficult election process, but the changes still fall short of fundamental labor law reform that American workers need to fully exercise their voice on the job.

...Read more >> June 29, 2011

Transit workers and riders scored a victory in New York when the State Legislature passed a bill that prevents funding dedicated to public transit from being raided, which will help prevent fare hikes, service cuts and layoffs, especially at the MTA in New York City.

...Read more >> June 28, 2011

The House recessed for the July 4 holiday without holding the mock mark-ups of the three trade agreements they had threatened, to show their displeasure with the Administration for not sending them for Congressional approval. In session this week, the Senate has several noncontroversial nomination hearings to go through, thanks to an agreement struck by Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in an effort to dispense with at least some of President Obama’s political appointees in an otherwise gridlocked confirmation process.

...Read more >> June 27, 2011

Inside the atrium of the Ohio state capitol in Columbus on June 1, workers, transit riders, community advocates and civil rights leaders gathered for a townhall style discussion about how transportation policy can foster equity, justice and economic opportunity in Ohio and across the country.

...Read more >> June 23, 2011

Workers in Illinois are mobilizing to stop a bill in the Illinois legislature that would eliminate collective bargaining for thousands of public workers. This is just the latest threat to workers’ rights and the middle class that is spreading across the country. 

...Read more >> June 21, 2011

Unions are challenging the Wisconsin law that eliminates collective bargaining for public workers by filing suit in federal court to have the law blocked.

...Read more >> June 17, 2011

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday June 15 to uphold Governor Scott Walker’s union busting law that strips public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights, but people in Wisconsin and across the country are ramping up efforts to stop the anti-worker agenda.

...Read more >> June 16, 2011

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

Due to the disability retirement of International Administrative Vice President, Susan Resch, the TWU International Executive Council, at the IEC meeting on June 7, 2011, endorsed International Vice President and Railroad Division Director, Gary Maslanka to fill the remainder of the vacated term, as outlined in the TWU Constitution Article VII.

...Read more >> June 15, 2011

American workers have a word for the Governors across the country who are attacking workers’ rights- you have disrespected our communities and we are united in stopping this affront to democracy and human rights.

...Read more >> June 15, 2011

While Representative Paul Ryan and other anti-worker politicians were inside the Newseum in Washington, DC holding a private townhall meeting about slashing the budget and ending Medicare, a crowd of workers, seniors and young people gathered to defend Medicare and hold the politicians accountable for their disastrous proposals.

...Read more >> June 14, 2011

In the airline industry, we like to fix our problems on the ground. Tow trucks can’t help at 30,000 feet.

Mechanics and other ground workers employed at U.S. airlines take great pride in making the U.S. air transportation system the safest and most reliable in the world. Airline workers have a very personal stake in doing things right -- our families fly on the planes we fix.

...Read more >> June 13, 2011

Thousands of people crammed the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Saturday to learn how to unite and fight for the future of their state. The festival included booths set up by 40 different organizations, and multiple workshops, teach-ins, skill sharing sessions, rides and live music.

...Read more >> June 08, 2011

TWU is joining with fellow unions, community organizations and elected leaders to hold a public discussion on transportation equity in Ohio and the nation. Watch a live stream of the event, Where Ohio Needs to Go: A Statewide Conversation on Transportation Equity & Federal Policy.

...Read more >> May 31, 2011

TWU International awarded 15 sons and daughters of TWU members four-year college scholarships through the Michael Quill Scholarship Program, which helps the children of TWU members pay for college education since 1970.

The Quill scholarships are worth $4,800 each, paid over a four-year period, for use at any accredited four-year college. In addition to the 15 Quill Scholarships, five other grants of $2,400 were awarded by Union Benefit Planners, an employee benefits consulting firm, to children of transit, air and rail division members.
...Read more >> May 31, 2011

Transport Workers Union of America President, James C. Little was one of two labor union presidents and 16 other principle officers of various organizations including Amtrak participating in a discussion on “Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure” with the Senate Democratic Caucus on May 25, 2011. The dialogue focused on job creation, the impact of budget cuts on infrastructure and investing in the American infrastructure.

...Read more >> May 26, 2011

A judge has blocked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip public workers of their basic collective bargaining rights because politicians used illegal, anti-democratic tactics to get it passed. 

 
The decision by Judge Maryann Sumi of Dane County Circuit Court found that Republican politicians violated open meetings laws in their attempt to ram the bill through the legislature. Sumi said that Republican backers of the bill failed to give the public adequate notice and failed to demonstrate that the legislation was of high enough priority to avoid rules of openness and transparency.
...Read more >> May 26, 2011

We Are Ohio, the coalition working to overturn SB 5, the law signed by Governor Kasich that would all but eliminate collective bargaining for 350,000 public sector workers, reported last week that they have already collected 214,399 signatures.

This is good progress, as we are just about halfway to the June 30 deadline to collect the more than 231,000 valid signatures of registered voters we need to place a “Citizens’ Veto” referendum on the November ballot.
...Read more >> May 26, 2011

The TWU Workers’ Rights are Human Rights team in Nevada has raised the activist bar for the rest of the country.  To kick off their week, TWU activists in Nevada gave new meaning to “on the ground” organizing, pitching a tent in solidarity with students protesting Draconian public education cuts.

...Read more >> May 24, 2011

Letter from ATD Director Garry Drummond:

I thought I would take a moment and thank all of our TWU AMT’s at American Airlines and American Eagle on this AMT Day. Today’s Aircraft Maintenance Technicians are aviation’s unsung heroes and heroines. AMT’s have a responsibility to provide a safe aircraft for passengers and flight crews. Without them, there would be no aviation industry. Yet, they essentially go unrecognized and under appreciated, not only by the public, but by others within the industry.
...Read more >> May 23, 2011

For forty years Amtrak has provided travelers with rail service between cities and towns across the U.S., but the publicly run company has faced challenges of underfunding, threats of privatization and changing management, which has created a turbulent environment for Amtrak workers, according to an article in Progressive Railroading that features TWU International Rail Director Gary Maslanka.

...Read more >> May 19, 2011

While Southwest Airlines shareholders were inside company headquarters in Dallas, TX on May 18 holding their annual meeting and discussing executive bonuses, members of TWU Local 550, who are dispatchers at Southwest, rallied outside for a new contract that recognizes their years of hard work.

A group of Local 550 members and fellow TWU members held an informational picket to spread the message that dispatchers deserve some “LUV” and want a contract that provides decent wages and working conditions.
...Read more >> May 19, 2011

For forty years Amtrak has provided travelers with rail service between cities and towns across the U.S., but the publicly run company has faced challenges of underfunding, threats of privatization and changing management, which has created a turbulent environment for Amtrak workers, according to an article in Progressive Railroading that features TWU International Rail Director Gary Maslanka.

...Read more >> May 19, 2011

Outsourcing aircraft maintenance to overseas facilities with low pay, little oversight and minimal training is a threat to decent union jobs in the U.S. and a safety concern for the flying public, according to a recent investigative report by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News in Seattle, WA.

The report, Third-World Mechanics Paid $2 Per Hour For Boeing, Airbus Jet Repairs, found extensive aircraft repair work being done for major U.S. airlines, such as U.S. Airways and Southwest, in Central America and Asia. And why? Cheap wages.
...Read more >> May 19, 2011

TWU is taking a lead role in organizing this day of activism, education and music will serve as a kick-off for a larger, sustained campaign to organize working people from all backgrounds and walks of life to take action in meaningful, effective ways that make a difference in the lives of all Floridians.

...Read more >> May 17, 2011

On May 12 the streets of the New York City financial district rang with the chants of 20,000 people including transit workers, teachers, students and community activists who disrupted the normal work day to tell the big banks to pay up and stop the cuts to public services.

The vibrant and diverse crowd represented all walks of life in New York and was a collective expression of outrage with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed city budget that would make huge cuts while the biggest and richest banks and investors in the world dodge taxes and rake in billions of dollars in profits. Over 36 unions and community organizations came together to organize the event and build a unified front against the proposed budget and soaring inequality.
...Read more >> May 14, 2011

Anti-worker Governors from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania who were attending a right-wing conference in Washington, DC on May 9 about privatizing education were met by hundreds of protestors who oppose drastic budget cuts and plans to decimate public education.

Chanting “Save Our Schools” and “Say No To Vouchers,” students and teachers from Pennsylvania traveled to the nation’s capitol and joined with fellow community activists and union members in a rally outside of the downtown DC hotel where Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett were inside speaking. The conference was sponsored by the mis-named American Federation for Children, actually a conservative organization funded by right-wing billionaires like the Koch Brothers to advance the attacks on the middle-class.
...Read more >> May 11, 2011

Increasing levels of air traffic with limited operational air space and a grossly inefficient analog radar system designed for the 20th century has made the already demanding job of directing air traffic much more challenging for pilots, flight dispatchers and air traffic controllers.

Thus, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry professionals are diligently leading development of the NextGen guidance technology, a comprehensive overhaul of the National Airspace System that would replace radar based guidance with digital satellite systems that use GPS.
...Read more >> May 11, 2011

Local 542 members who are flight dispatchers at Alaska Airlines ratified a new four-year contract that provides wage increases and quality of life improvements.

A large majority of the 36 dispatchers, 86 percent, voted to accept the contract that will mean wages keep up with the increasing cost of living and workers have provisions to ensure a decent job.
...Read more >> May 10, 2011

The lively crowd on the steps of the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg on May 3 broke out into chants of “We Are One” as thousands of Pennsylvanians told Republican Governor Tom Corbett and conservative legislatures that the state budget cannot be balanced on the backs of workers, students and the poor.

...Read more >> May 04, 2011

TWU Locals are leading the charge to repeal union busting Senate Bill 5 in Ohio by petitioning to put the legislation on the ballot for a public referendum.

After Republican Governor John Kasich and his anti-worker allies rammed the bill through the state legislature, union members, progressives, clergy and middle class Ohioans responded by mobilizing to overturn the unpopular bill by putting it on the ballot for the voters to overturn.
...Read more >> May 02, 2011

Across the country on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, people will remember the workers who have lost their lives on the job at rallies, vigils, worksites, and houses of worship while demanding safe workplaces where people can go to work every morning knowing they will return home safe and sound.

Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs. In 2009, 4,340 workers were killed on the job and another 50,000 to 60,000 died of occupational diseases. More than 4.1 million workplace injuries and illnesses were reported. 
...Read more >> April 28, 2011

On May 1, international workers day, TWU members wearing “Imagine No Workers” buttons will take to the streets of major cities nationwide to remind people that they rely on workers to drive their buses, fix their planes and keep the rails safe. The mobilization will kick off a month of national conversations in which people will be asked to imagine life without workers.

May 1 became an internationally celebrated holiday to commemorate the struggle for the eight-hour day that began in America in 1886 during a nationwide strike for shorter work hours.
...Read more >> April 27, 2011

TWU and the unions representing workers at partner airlines in the One World Alliance, which includes American Airlines and American Eagle, announced today April 20, 2011 that they are forming the One World of Labour Council in order to forge new strategies and build stronger relationships for defending workers and ensuring decent jobs in a globalized industry.

...Read more >> April 21, 2011

While you might have spent the weekend frantically rushing to finish your tax returns by today’s deadline, many of the mega-corporations that got us into the current financial mess probably spent that time counting their money and having a laugh at the rest of us. GE and tons of other corporations will have a tax bill for 2010 of ZERO. Hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans April 18, tax day, are standing up to say make them pay!

...Read more >> April 18, 2011

In a letter to the editor published in The New York Times, TWU International President James C. Little called on Congress to pass a FAA Reauthorization bill that includes robust oversight and uniform standards foreign aircraft repair facilities.

Read the letter: 
 
William J. McGee is right: Federal Aviation Administration inspectors can no longer exercise effective oversight of aircraft repair, which has been increasingly outsourced to shops in foreign countries.
...Read more >> April 14, 2011

 

In a letter to the editor published in The New York Times, TWU International President James C. Little called on Congress to pass a FAA Reauthorization bill that includes robust oversight and uniform standards foreign aircraft repair facilities.
 
Read the letter: 
 
William J. McGee is right: Federal Aviation Administration inspectors can no longer exercise effective oversight of aircraft repair, which has been increasingly outsourced to shops in foreign countries.
...Read more >> April 14, 2011

Seventy-seven years ago the TWU was founded on April 13, 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression when transit workers stood up to exploitation and demanded their rights.

ew York City transit workers had tried to unionize before, but the powerful transit companies squashed four major strikes between 1905 and 1919. Still, the workers continued to organize in order to build the power necessary to change poor working conditions, low pay and management abuse. A renewed effort launched by a pioneering group of workers led by TWU’s founder Mike Quill finally succeeded in forming a union in 1934. The visionaries of the TWU believed that the only way to achieve equality and a voice on the job was to be united and to bridge all racial and ethnic divides.
...Read more >> April 13, 2011

Bustling midtown Manhattan was met with chants of “Its Our Terminal, Its Our Work” and a giant inflatable rat as hundreds of TWU members rallied outside of Qatar Airways U.S. headquarters on April 12 to protest the airline not using TWU Local 501 members when it begins operations at JKF International Airport.

Qatar is moving operations to JFK Terminal 8 that is operated by American Airlines, but unlike other foreign carriers, is not using American ground service workers who are members of Local 501. Instead the company is contracting out the work to a third party. This move, with American’s approval, is an attack on the wages, working conditions and job security of Local 501 members at JFK airport.
...Read more >> April 13, 2011

Tens of thousands of Ohioans, including a large contingent of TWU supporters, turned out Saturday to kick off the referendum drive against SB5, the anti-middle class bill signed by Ohio’s Republican Governor Kasich.  The media reported that the April 9 demonstration was the largest Ohio rally yet.  People are more determined than ever.

There is no turning back now!  We can kill SB5 for good, if we get enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot.  We have until July 1 to gather the roughly 230,000 valid signatures we need to put a repeal referendum on the ballot. We need 500,000 signatures to make sure we meet that threshold.  
...Read more >> April 12, 2011

TWU members were key players in the nationwide mobilization of over a million workers, students and community members that produced at least 1,200 activities around the country on April 4th.  It was a message to the rich and a sign of things to come. It was the beginning, not the end.  A real movement has begun.

President Little has challenged TWU to stand in the front lines of the fight back movement sweeping the country. As Nick Unger of the AFL-CIO told TWU leaders assembled for the COPE conference Tuesday, we are facing the Gettysburg of our generation.
...Read more >> April 08, 2011

Before heading out for meetings with Congress, participants heard from a series of speakers who stressed the dire situation in America and the necessity of unions and their community allies to come together to lead a movement for justice that can hold politicians accountable. 

“This fight is not about unions, its about people and whether people have the right to come together and demand a better workplace, better wages, better benefits. It is about whether or not we are going to have a middle-class,” said Ed Wytkind, President of the Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO.
...Read more >> April 07, 2011

A new report from the TWU highlights significant gaps in the safety and security of aircraft maintenance performed in outsourced repair facilities in the U.S. and overseas.

The study, Who’s Fixing My Plane: Aircraft Maintenance in America?, is based on a review of government audits and industry data. The report documents the fact that during the past decade, most U.S.-based airlines have outsourced a significant portion of maintenance and repair to third parties often located in third world countries. Beginning in July 2009, Southwest Airlines, for example, began sending large numbers of its 737s to El Salvador’s largely unregulated Aeroman facility. The 100 percent domestic carrier continues to shuttle aircraft to Central America every month for repair. 
...Read more >> April 07, 2011

Op/ED article by James C. Little, TWU International President, from the Miami Herald

You need a scorecard to keep track of the dizzying number of anti-worker bills in the agendas of Gov. Rick Scott and statehouse Republicans. The goal is to weaken the voice of ordinary Florida families while strengthening the hand of Scott and his fellow millionaires. The anti-union agenda makes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s program pale by comparison.
 
What’s the plan for the Sunshine State? Eliminate dues checkoff for union workers; shut workers out of politics; cancel tenure for teachers; cut workers’ pensions; and force public-sector unions out of existence unless a union can show more than 50 percent membership in a workplace, each and every year.
...Read more >> April 07, 2011

On April 4 thousands of TWU members carried on Dr. King’s Legacy of fighting for workers’ rights as human rights in actions in California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Delaware, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia, Tennessee, Nevada, Oregon and Washington DC.

Over a hundred TWU Locals organized events ranging from worksite “walk-ins” in colors to candlelight vigils to massive human rights rallies with allies. They joined perhaps a million union, faith and community members nationwide.
...Read more >> April 06, 2011

As legislative attacks against labor continue to mount, a new urgency has emerged for labor to fight back to defend basic human rights and stop the anti-worker agenda growing in more than 20 states. 

During this pivotal political moment, the 2011 TWU Committee on Political Education (COPE) Conference opened Tuesday, April 5 to educate and mobilize TWU members in the fight for workers rights. TWU Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, Portia Reddick White, stressed the importance of uniting and mobilizing to stop the anti-worker legislation being proposed in states across the country and at the federal level.
...Read more >> April 05, 2011

On March 31st and April 1st, TWU co hosted an international meeting of delegates from 11 countries on the subject of Veolia, an multinational company that has been rapidly expanding into the Transport sector in the US and Canada. The French based company has been associated with attempts to drive down wages and eliminate defined benefit pension plans in the US. TWU represents Veolia employees in Winston, Salem North Carolina. Of late, Veolia has been bidding for work on TWU represented properties in NY and Houston. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) who co hosted the conference, represent Veolia employees at several locations around the country.

...Read more >> April 04, 2011

In a recent article in The Hill about the ongoing Congressional debate over the FAA Reauthorization bill and union voting rules, TWU International President James C. Little was quoted supporting the amendment offered by Republican Congressmen Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) that would preserve democratic union voting rules for aviation and rail workers.

...Read more >> March 31, 2011

TWU Local 542 and Alaska Airlines jointly announced a tentative agreement on March 31 for a new four-year contract for the carrier's 36 dispatchers. The proposed contract includes wage increases and provisions to improve quality of life issues, among other changes.

...Read more >> March 31, 2011

In front of the white marble steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, hundreds of union members along with women and civil rights advocates joined the Rally to Stand with the Women of Wal-Mart on Tuesday, March 29 to support justice and equality at the corporate giant Wal-Mart.

...Read more >> March 30, 2011

This April 4, TWU Locals, other unions and our community allies will be standing together at workplace and community events all across the country in a huge coordinated show of solidarity. There will be job site pickets, wearing of solidarity colors, buttons or armbands, “walk-ins,” community vigils, public rallies, demonstrations, teach-ins, and many more events. Through the strength of our unity, we will show the Tea Party billionaires and their political hired guns that Workers’ Rights are Human Rights, and that we will win the battle for the American Dream.

...Read more >> March 29, 2011

The number of damaged or leaking hazardous materials containers shipped by rail has more than doubled over the past four years, and Rail Labor is demanding to know why.

The shocking figures are highlighted in comments filed on March 24 by seven Rail Labor unions, including the TWU, in response to a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Notice of Public Meeting. 

...Read more >> March 25, 2011

TWU leaders representing transit division locals from around the country met with fellow local and national union activists, transportation experts and transit system administrators to discuss the major challenges facing the transportation industry during a period of decreased funding and service cuts, an aging workforce and changing technology.

The Transportation Learning Center’s Making Connections conference in Silver Spring, Md. on March 17, 2011 was an opportunity for participants to share ideas and discuss strategies for improving transit service and creating good jobs. TWU members from Philadelphia, New York and Columbus and International staff participated in workshops, gave presentations and led conversations on how to move the industry forward towards a more sustainable future.

...Read more >> March 24, 2011

One hundred years ago on March 25, 1911 a fire erupted on the top floors of a shirtwaist factory in a Manhattan that in just 30 minutes would take the lives of 146 workers, mostly young women, in the historic and tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The horrendous event sparked reform in workplace health and safety as well as a drive to organize garment workers, but 100 years later workers are still struggling for safe workplaces and a voice on the job.

...Read more >> March 23, 2011

Despite the cold and the rain, tens of thousands of middle class Ohioans showed their resolve by rallying in towns and cities across the state on March 15 to protest Senate Bill 5 that would strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

With signs in hand and wearing TWU ponchos, TWU members from rail and transit locals joined fellow union members at a rally in Akron, Ohio at the Tri County AFL-CIO headquarters as part of the statewide day of action. The crowd of 500 activists in Akron listened to speeches, chanted slogans and called on the state legislature to kill the bill. Should SB 5 pass, Ohioans are prepared to launch a campaign to put the bill on the ballot for citizens to vote on through a referendum. Once the bill is filed with the Secretary of State, it does not go into effect for 90 days. If supporters collect the signatures needed to put the referendum on the ballot before the 90 days are up, the law will not go into effect unless and until it is upheld by citizens’ referendum.
...Read more >> March 21, 2011

Today, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order blocking the implementation of the bill that strips hundreds of thousands of hard working Wisconsinites of their voice on the job.

“Judge Sumi confirmed today what we knew all along – that the bill stripping hundreds of thousands of hard working Wisconsinites of their voice on the job was rammed through illegally in the dark of the night,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.
...Read more >> March 18, 2011

TWU International Officers, President James C. Little, Secretary-Treasurer Joe Gordon, Vice President Harry Lombardo, Administrative Vice President John Conley, Chief of Staff Jeffrey L. Brooks, and other senior staff join the spirited picket greeting the Wisconsin Governor. They vowed to keep up the fight for working families and defend the middle class wherever it is being threatened.

...Read more >> March 17, 2011

Transport Workers Union International President James C. Little appeared on the Union Edge Radio Talk Show on Tuesday, March 15 to discuss the rising attack on the middle class and the need to create good jobs.

President Little spoke about the threat to workers’ rights that is occurring in states across the country like Wisconsin and Ohio and how people have "awakened" and are fighting back. He stressed the importance of engaging young people in the labor movement and seizing upon the grassroots energy in Wisconsin to mobilize a new generation. 
...Read more >> March 17, 2011

A steady flow of people arrived Friday in Madison, Wisconsin, anticipating tomorrow's massive protest rally set for 11:00am. From across the country they came, union members, students and retirees from different professions, all in support of the people of Wisconsin and their fight to keep collective bargaining rights. TWU members arrived in Madison by whatever means of transportation they could, and more are on their way. Labor members and sympathetic citizens want to support the army of people that have kept up the fight by occupying the Wisconsin State Capitol building for weeks. Today, reinforcements arrived from across the country, and there were many smiles among the tired protesters.

...Read more >> March 12, 2011

Passion flooded Madison, Wiscosin today as thousands of workers and their families from all over the state and nation swarmed Wisconsin's capital protesting the recent passage of the law eliminating most collective bargaining rights for wisconsin's public employee unions.  Today’s massive demonstration followed yesterday’s walkout by Madison high school students, who congregated at the Capitol in solidarity with their teachers.  The recent attacks on workers’ rights, which began in Wisconsin, has (demonstrated by, among other things, the pizza orders for protesters that have poured in from all over world)  literally brought people together from all walks of life to show their support.  

...Read more >> March 12, 2011

The Air Transport Division recently mailed copies of "Aircraft Maintenance In America: Who Is Fixing My Plane?" to all American Airline Local Presidents and members working in the aircraft maintenance field. The report details specific data on aircraft maintenance performed in the U.S. and abroad. It details the continuing fight for legislation that would level the field for aircraft maintenance providers and technicians. While some maintenance repair centers are scrutinized heavily by the FAA, hundreds of others go unabated.

...Read more >> March 11, 2011

Through some late-night political trickery, Republican Wisconsin State Senators have destroyed 50 years of collective bargaining and violated democratic principles to advance their politically motivated attack on workers.

The procedural move late on the night of Wednesday, March 9 shows Gov. Scott Walker’s true intentions- to weaken the power of workers and dismantle the middle class. The bill to end collective bargaining for public workers was never about balancing the budget, but was an ideologically driven attack and a reward to the billionaires like the Koch brothers who fund Walker and his cronies.
...Read more >> March 11, 2011

Timeline of National Action

March 12: 
National day of action called by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. All unionists and labor activists in Wisconsin and neighboring states mobilize in Madison on March 12, with labor-led solidarity actions the same day in cities across the country. 
 
March 15:
Rallies around the country and in Ohio statewide mobilization against SB 5.
...Read more >> March 10, 2011

The halls of the Ohio statehouse in Columbus rumbled with chants of Kill the Bill as thousands of people crammed into the capitol today to protest Senate Bill 5 during Republican Governor John Kasich’s State of the State Address.

After gathering on the steps of the capitol building, thousands of firefighters, bus drivers, teachers, construction workers and nurses flooded into the building to let Gov. Kasich know that working people will not stand by while he threatens the middle-class. As Kasich gave his speech behind closed doors, the sounds of booing and chanting from the protestors in the hallways outside echoed through the chambers.
...Read more >> March 08, 2011

Today marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) is commemorating the day by highlighting the important role of women in the transportation industry.

Women transit workers have been fighting for equality and justice for over a hundred years and continue to be pioneers in building the labor movement. The ITF is using the important day to mobilize around the campaign of “Your Union, Your Future” and organize events to promote the rights’ of women and increase their role in unions. From Jordan to the Congo, ITF affiliate unions are holding rallies, trainings and seminars.
...Read more >> March 08, 2011

Addressing the crisis facing transit systems, ensuring fair union elections for rail and aviation workers, and creating jobs are the top priorities of transportation unions. 

...Read more >> March 07, 2011

Chanting “Kill the Bill,” an unprecedented number of workers and community members rallied in Ohio as the protests against a bill that would strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights continued to swell.

The biggest crowds yet, nearly 20,000, gathered at the Ohio statehouse in Columbus on Tuesday Feb. 22 as the state legislature held another hearing on Senate Bill 5 that would end collective bargaining for transit workers, teachers, nurses and other public workers. 
...Read more >> March 03, 2011

The attempt by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to strip collective bargaining rights from public employees has turned Wisconsin into ground zero for democracy in America.

A new report from TWU lays out the impact and ramifications of what is happening in Wisconsin for the future of America, the economy and working families and debunks the lies about public workers and state budgets.
...Read more >> March 03, 2011

Local Presidents on the TWU American Airlines Negotiations Committee held a press conference at the Air Transit Division (ATD) office in Hurst, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 24. Collectively they represent more than 22,000 workers in different classifications mired in negotiations with American Airlines that began in late 2007.

ATD Director Garry Drummond welcomed the press and wasted no time in explaining the union's decision to go local, nationwide and global in their fight for a fair contract with American Airlines. "The TWU is part of a global alliance. It’s called the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF). The ITF brings together 4.6 million workers in 155 countries,” Drummond said. "When you have that many people under one umbrella, you’ve got power. We’re going to use the power of the ITF to help us settle this dispute." 
...Read more >> March 02, 2011

In Wisconsin Republican Governor Scot Walker’s mean-spirited and controversial attempt to bust public workers unions, he would also put state and local transit systems at risk- destroying thousands of jobs and stranding riders.

Walker is pushing legislation that would strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights, which would result in the state losing nearly $47 million in Federal transportation dollars. The harsh ramifications for transit from Walker's plan expose the ideological and political motivation for this draconian restriction on workers’ rights, which hurt the economy and leave riders high and dry.
...Read more >> March 01, 2011