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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