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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