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Ground Workers Ask: Where’s the LUV?

Members of Transport Workers Union 555 will conduct informational picketing when CEO Gary Kelly comes to Phoenix to meet with employees on February 20th.  Workers are concerned about demands by Southwest Airlines that will compromise customer service and impose unnecessary concessions on workers after the company posted $754 million in profits in 2013. 

...Read more >> February 20, 2014

TWU International's top five officers visited members of Local 260 at their shops on Monday, along with Transit Division International Staff. Local 260 represents approximately 2,400 employees of Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority in almost every job title across the public transportation system, from Bus Operators to Welders.

...Read more >> February 20, 2014

On Tuesday, TWU International President Harry Lombardo was elected to serve as a Vice President on the AFL-CIO Executive Council at the Federation’s Executive Council Winter Meeting. Composed of union leadership from across the AFL-CIO, the Council marshals the collective force of the American labor movement to support working families.

...Read more >> February 20, 2014

Casino dealers at Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s and Harrah’s voted 342 to 27 late Tuesday to approve the five-year deal, which retains grievance procedures, seniority rule and paid time off, among other issues, according to a union official.

...Read more >> February 20, 2014

Card dealers at three high-end Las Vegas casinos voted by a 13-to-1 margin to ratify their first TWU-negotiated contracts with employer Caesars Entertainment on Tuesday. These are first-time contracts that will set an industry standard. The 1,300 dealers at Bally’s, Paris, and Harrah’s joined TWU Local 721 in back-to-back elections less than a year ago. In addition to the negotiated contracts the company is preparing to sign a neutrality agreement and grant the TWU card check at all Caesars-owned casinos in Las Vegas.

...Read more >> February 19, 2014

TWU Local 100 lost a hard-working family man when New York City Transit Bus Operator William Pena, 49, was killed in the line of duty early on the morning of February 12, after a stolen truck slammed into his M-14 Manhattan crosstown bus. Pena was taking his bus across 7th Avenue on 14th Street in the Chelsea district when Domonic Whilby, 22, who was drunk, crashed a large truck into Pena's articulated bus.

...Read more >> February 16, 2014

Last Tuesday, the United Kingdom's National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) struck the London Underground, bringing the Tube system to a screeching halt. The 48-hour strike was brought on by management's refusal to engage in negotiations with the union after announcing a plan to close every single ticket office throughout the Underground system, cutting approximately 950 jobs.

...Read more >> February 10, 2014