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14th Financial Officers Seminar Held

If running a local union is like operating a small business, then local secretary-treasurers are the chief financial officers. As part of our union’s ongoing commitment to developing members’ skills, TWU held a Financial Officers Training seminar at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Maryland in December to offer local officers an opportunity to enhance their toolboxes and collaborate with each other. Financial officers, including Treasurers and Presidents, learned about their fiduciary and legal responsibilities and honed their reporting and budgeting skills with hands-on training designed to be brought back to locals and shared.

Alex Garcia teaching at the Financial Officers' Training

...Read more >> December 30, 2015
For Immediate Release – December 29, 2015                                     Download the release
Contact: Patti Adams, (501) 519-2743 or Roger Kerson, (734) 645-0535
Ground Workers to Vote on Tentative Agreement with Southwest Airlines
TWU Local 555 Members Will Have Final Say on Proposed Agreement after More than Four Years of Negotiations
DALLAS – TWU Local 555, the union representing more than 12,000 ground crew workers from Southwest Airlines, announced today that union members will vote on a tentative agreement with the company.
An agreement in principle was reached on Dec. 23, following several weeks of lengthy negotiating sessions. Talks for a new contract began in 2011 and took more than four years. Ramp, operations, provisioning and freight agents at Southwest Airlines have not had a new contract since 2009.
...Read more >> December 30, 2015
December 29, 2015
Oriana Korin, (202) 719-3834
Alaska Airlines Dispatchers Overwhelmingly Approve Labor Agreement
The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO has reached an agreement on a new four-year contract covering the 44 dispatchers employed at Alaska Airlines. Dispatchers overwhelmingly approved the contract last week, 41–3.
“Through mutual compromise and commitment, we are pleased to announce the ratification of an updated agreement that aligns TWU's and Alaska's interests, and provides competitive wages and benefits for our members,” said Jenny Schar, an Alaska dispatcher and proud TWU section chair.
...Read more >> December 29, 2015
My TWU Brothers and Sisters:
On behalf of the entire International Administrative Committee and TWU’s international staff, I’d like to extend a heartfelt wish for a happy and healthy holiday season to you and your family.
As 2015 comes to a close, I’ve spent a great deal of time reflecting on what this administration has accomplished and I’m looking forward to our work together in 2016.
...Read more >> December 22, 2015

Brothers and Sisters:

As we write this message, over 100 of our members from Local 555 have been suspended for attending regional union meetings in Southern California and Orlando, Florida last month. Local 555 leadership organized the meetings to discuss options with their membership after stalled negotiations with Southwest Airlines, a company which has kept our people without a contract four and a half years. It is simply unconscionable.

The holidays are approaching, and we can’t sit back while members of this union are forced to forgo a celebration with their families at the hand of one airline’s continued avarice and greed. Today, we’re asking for each and every TWU local’s help with a contribution from your treasury toward Local 555’s fund to help its suspended members...


...Read more >> December 16, 2015
During the opening meeting for contract negotiations with American Airlines in Dallas, TX on December 3, Association negotiators and company representatives formed a subcommittee tasked with developing an initial negotiating schedule.
That subcommittee has met and scheduled negotiating sessions between our Association negotiating committees and American Airlines for the weeks of January 11, January 18 and January 25. Both parties have committed to devote full weeks to the meetings, and have agreed to meet as late each day as negotiations require.
...Read more >> December 09, 2015
DATE: December 4, 2015
CONTACT: Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834
Transport Workers Union Lauds Passage of FAST Act
Washington, D.C. —Today, President Obama signed the surface transportation reauthorization bill into law. The “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act) is a bipartisan measure that will fund our nation’s public transit systems, passenger rail network, highways and bridges for the next five years. Overwhelming margins in the Senate and House of Representatives supported this vital legislation.  
In response to passage of the legislation, Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) President Harry Lombardo said, “The FAST Act is a bipartisan achievement that makes strides in funding our infrastructure system, improving safety and boosting our national economy. We are pleased to see this critical measure become law because it will increase transportation spending and protect the workers who make transit systems function.”
...Read more >> December 04, 2015
The TWU-IAM Association yesterday presented American Airlines with a comprehensive package of positions/proposals that will serve as the foundation to achieve joint collective bargaining agreements for 30,000 ground workers at the largest, most profitable airline.
Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, Chair and Vice Chair of the Association, attended the opening of negotiations and reiterated to American management that only the industry’s best contracts will be acceptable and reminded them of the past sacrifices made by Association members that have enabled American to be the largest and most profitable airline in the world.
...Read more >> December 04, 2015
December 3, 2015
TWU Contact: Ori Korin or (202) 374-6103 
IAM Contact: James Carlson
30,000 TWU-IAM Association Members Open Negotiations With American Airlines
Amid unprecedented company and industry profitability, the TWU-IAM Association today announced that it commenced the largest ever joint contract negotiations with American Airlines for approximately 30,000 ground workers in Dallas, Texas.
“American Airlines is booking record profits quarter after quarter because of its merger with US Airways. The carrier will more than double its earnings this year as compared to last year’s results,” said Association Chairman and Vice Chairman Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, respectively. “The time has come for the 30,000 TWU-IAM Association members to achieve what they rightfully deserve: the industry’s best contracts.”
...Read more >> December 03, 2015
UPDATE: Both House and Senate have passed the bill.
This week, Congress reached agreement on a transit and Amtrak bill that includes numerous provisions supported by TWU. For the last two years, we have fought for federal legislation that protects labor rights, increases transit funding, preserves Amtrak jobs, provides a safe workplace for bus drivers, and avoids privatization mandates. Our fight has been successful and we need to make one more push to get the bill over the finish line.
On Thursday, members of Congress will start voting on the bipartisan Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (H.R. 22), also known as the FAST Act.
...Read more >> December 02, 2015
As previously announced, on December 3, 2015, the TWU-IAM Association will officially open negotiations with American Airlines and begin bargaining a joint contract for the 30,000 ground workers at the world’s largest airline. We understand that many of you are anxious to get to the table and we thank you for your patience. Your representatives have worked tirelessly and carefully to ensure that we enter into joint bargaining from a position of strength. We’re prepared and we’re ready to fight to secure the best possible contracts for Association members, including better wages, benefits, working conditions and retirement security.
...Read more >> November 30, 2015

From the entire leadership and international staff of TWU, we’d like to extend a heartfelt wish for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday to all of our members.

We know this is the busiest travel time of the year, and we recognize each and every one of you for keeping the traveling public moving safely on buses, trains, and planes; in tunnels and on bridges; and for keeping our utilities, universities and casinos operating this holiday season. Thank you for helping to make Thanksgiving with family possible for all of us.

...Read more >> November 25, 2015
November 20, 2015
CONTACT: Ori Korin (202) 374-6103 
United Invincible: TWU International Stands With Southwest Ground Workers 
International President Says It’s Time to Change the Way Airlines Bargain 
Earlier this week, after TWU Local 555 held a regional union meeting in Southern California to discuss stalled contract negotiations with Southwest Airlines and potential options available to them through the Railway Labor Act, the airline began suspending members of the local and threatening to fire workers in some Southern California cities. The union, which represents ramp workers and other ground crews at airports across the United States, has been in contract negotiations with the company for four and half years, and entered federal mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB) in 2012. Southwest continues to threaten to fire the workers, all of whom secured time off in accordance with their collective bargaining agreement in order to attend the meeting. 
...Read more >> November 20, 2015

Facing a Nov. 20 deadline, the House has passed a clean, bi-partisan extension of the Surface Transportation bill. The House and Senate now have until Dec. 4, 2015, to negotiate over the two different versions of the bill in a Conference Committee. Once they reach a final agreement, the House and Senate will each vote again on the revised reauthorization bill. 

...Read more >> November 17, 2015

The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO honors all veterans, and thanks them for their service to our country. We recognize your incredible sacrifice and commitment, and we celebrate everything you’ve done to protect America.

TWU is proud to count among our ranks thousands of veterans from all branches of the United States military. These men and women exemplify the courage, commitment and leadership skills that define the American spirit, and they bring that resolve with them to work every single day.

...Read more >> November 10, 2015

The entire TWU International staff came together for a five-day boot camp training at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, MD this week, part of President Lombardo and the IAC’s response to ongoing requests for increased training for TWU's staff and development opportunities. The boot camp was designed to fully immerse International staff in a campaign planning and development experience, offering many of them a front-line look at intensive organizing, agitation and public affairs tactics being deployed on the most sophisticated campaigns around the country.

...Read more >> October 21, 2015
Today, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders introduced the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763), a multi-year surface transportation bill to reauthorize and reform federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs.
...Read more >> October 20, 2015
Dear TWU-IAM Association Member,
As the regular Joint Association bulletins report, your Mechanic and Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees are working hard to finalize joint contract proposals. In the meantime, TWU-IAM Joint Association Leadership is preparing a longer term strategy and formal rollout plan to initiate joint contract negotiations with American Airlines, ensuring we enter the process in the strongest possible position to fight for our members. It has become necessary to correct the recent misconception—perpetuated by some individuals—that the TWU-IAM Association has somehow dragged its feet in this process.


...Read more >> October 20, 2015

A Letter from TWU Local 100

TWU President Harry LombardoNow that the dust has cleared a bit on Local 100's big victory to get the City of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio to commit to paying its fair share to fully fund the MTA Capital Plan, a special thank you is in order for our TWU International President Harry Lombardo.

We reached out to Harry before embarking on this campaign to take on the city's power brokers. As a former 'big city' Local President in Philadelphia, Harry understands the vital necessity of capital money...


...Read more >> October 16, 2015

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plans to mark up the surface transportation reauthorization bill on Thursday, October 22. TWU has fought to include language in the bill requiring federal regulations to oppose transit privatization and protect transit operators from assault. 

The final legislative text will be released later this week. TWU will evaluate the language at that time and provide immediate updates to our members and allies.

...Read more >> October 14, 2015
October 10, 2015
CONTACT: Ori Korin, (202) 374-6103
Victory for TWU: MTA Capital Plan Gets Funded

Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor de Blasio and Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Prendergast announced an agreement on funding for the MTA Capital Plan after weeks of vocal pressure from TWU. The union issued the following statement:

“This is an incredible victory for the thousands of transit workers whose jobs are directly impacted by the MTA Capital Plan, and for the millions of New York’s working families who use the bus and subway system every day.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to Governor Cuomo for pressing this issue so hard and bringing it to a conclusion so that the MTA would not be forced to scale back the capital plan. Over three thousand TWU members earn their livelihoods keeping our transit system in a state of good repair, and any failure to properly fund it would have hurt workers and riders alike, to say nothing of the long term negative impact on the region’s economy.
...Read more >> October 10, 2015

The TWU Veteran’s Committee (TWUVC) convened their quarterly meeting in Chicago this week, hosted by Locals 512 and 572, with attendees from 15 other locals around the country. As part of TWU’s promise to invest in our veterans and strengthen the committee structure, the Veteran’s Committee has been hard at work pursuing an ambitious agenda aimed at broadening member communications, increasing legislative activity and continuing to support important charitable causes. 

...Read more >> October 09, 2015
September 30, 2015
CONTACT: Ori Korin (202) 719-3834 or
Transport Union President Slams American Airlines: Is This How Business Is Done?
Washington, D.C. – Following yesterday’s announcement of the closing of Texas Aero Engine Service Limited (TAESL), a joint American Airlines – Rolls Royce engine repair facility in Fort Worth, Texas, that will result in the loss of as many as 500 union jobs, Transport Workers Union of America International President Harry Lombardo issued the following statement:

“While we’re not especially surprised by the news that American Airlines and Rolls Royce have decided to close this facility, we are disappointed that several hundred of our members will soon be losing their livelihoods. Our mechanics are indeed the best and the brightest, and as their union, we’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they land on their feet.

...Read more >> September 30, 2015
TWU has represented workers on New York City’s Gray Line tourist buses for over 50 years. In 2009, the company merged with another company whose workers were represented by a different union, the United Service Workers. The recent election was TWU’s attempt to keep the relationship between the two companies from eroding TWU’s contractual standards, and from subtracting from the number of jobs and job opportunities available to our members.
Gray Line tour guide Marion Barash with her walkerIn the days leading up to the vote, what transpired was a display of exactly the effort TWU is most proud of: a mobilization of the resources, spirit and commitment that’s indicative of the fighting, militant union we’ve promised to become. TWU locals from across divisions came together with TWU International to support Local 225 in the fight of its life, battling for 500+ members and the reputation and integrity of our union.
...Read more >> September 30, 2015
September 28, 2015

TWU members routinely identify the need for strong communications as one of their top priorities. As part of the IAC’s commitment to assessing international staff capacities and taking TWU to the next level, we promised to build out a professional, capable communications department that could help us interact with members, share information, and run winning campaigns with strong messages that reach the right audiences. With the addition of two more staff members, our Communications Department has grown to incorporate additional skills and talents to round out our top-notch team.  

...Read more >> September 28, 2015


The TWU Veterans Committee will once again support Operation Military Embrace’s annual “Operation Free PX” drive, which collects clothing, household items and funds for wounded warriors recovering at San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas. Each year, TWU locals from around the country donate their time, resources and generous gifts to benefit nearly 21,000 soldiers and their families during the holiday season. 

...Read more >> September 08, 2015
September 1, 2015
TWU Executive Vice President & Local 100 President John Samuelsen and NYC's Corporation Council have signed a legal agreement clarifying the intent of a controversial Vision Zero law that has led to the arrest of six Bus Operators.
The agreement, Samuelsen said, will protect bus operators from being charged criminally after pedestrian crosswalk accidents that are just that – accidents that were not caused by driver recklessness.
...Read more >> September 01, 2015
TWU members with piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center
… And TWU’s members, working together across divisions, made it happen.
Last week, a cherished artifact from the World Trade Center made its way from New York to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where it will be put on display at the KSC fire station.
The artifact, a 7-foot-long, nearly one-ton steel beam, was recovered from the rubble of the Twin Towers after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
...Read more >> August 17, 2015

In yet another example of the TWU-IAM Association’s combined power and strategically negotiated pre-merger, stand-alone contracts, Association represented Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores workers will receive top-of-scale wage increases of between approximately three percent to almost 10 percent, depending on work classification and pre-merger carrier employment in mid-September.

...Read more >> August 11, 2015
August 10, 2015
TWU is known for its dynamic, impactful video production work, offering our members and the general public an up-close look at the critical work TWU leadership and members do every day, whether it’s out on job sites, performing service in our communities, organizing new members, or taking political action. Our videos are screened at organizing drives, rallies, conferences and film festivals around the country.
This year, TWU Communications Department’s very own Interactive Media Producer Mary Matthews was honored by the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) with six awards and one honorable mention with several of their Labor Media Awards. ILCA is the professional organization of labor communicators in North America; membership is open to national, regional, and local union publications and to media productions affiliated with the AFL-CIO, Change to Win and the CLC, as well as to associate members not affiliated with those bodies. Their several hundred members produce publications with a total circulation in the tens of millions. ILCA amplifies labor’s voice around the world, ensuring the stories of TWU and its members are heard. 
...Read more >> August 10, 2015

Mechanic and Related Update:

Brothers and Sisters,

As we continue to prepare for negotiations, your committee met for two weeks in Chicago from July 26th through August 7th. We continued the reconciliation process and began writing new language in preparations for the upcoming joint contract negotiations.

Fleet Service Update:

Your Fleet Service Negotiating Committee met over the last two weeks in Chicago to continue the reconciliation of our contracts in preparation for our upcoming negotiations with American.

...Read more >> August 07, 2015
This week, Congress took two noteworthy actions involving transit:
1) The House and Senate voted to provide a short-term funding patch so that federal surface transportation spending can continue until the fall.
2) The Senate passed the Drive Act, its surface transportation reauthorization bill to establish policy for transit and highways for the next six years. TWU opposes this legislation.


...Read more >> July 31, 2015

The July meeting of the TWU Working Women’s Committee (WWC) marked another successful commitment of TWU sisters across divisions to share ideas, strategies, stories and power. While each local WWC has taken on a number of important projects ranging from legislative and political action to organizing and training, the International’s WWC comes together several times a year to report out on local progress and move forward on the year’s key platforms and agenda items, many of which complement some of TWU International’s overall goals and priorities. 

The TWU Working Womens Committee Group Photo


...Read more >> July 31, 2015
Following several days of procedural voting on the surface transportation reauthorization bill, the U.S. Senate voted this week to move forward with their sweeping transportation package. Unfortunately the bill included transit public private partnership language that would make it easier to privatize transit work. We have opposed this bill during negotiations and continue to do so.
TWU continues to actively engage on this issue, sending letters to Senators, issuing statements, and working with elected officials and allies to fight for the best bill for our members. We believe these negotiations should be made out in the open with input from all stakeholders, and that’s why we’re continuously sharing information about this process. The debate over this bill is not over and before anything becomes law the Senate must take a final vote, the House has to write and pass its own legislation, and President Obama has to sign it.
...Read more >> July 24, 2015

The Mechanic & Related/Stores/MCT and Fleet Service TWU-IAM Association Negotiating Committees met for the first time this week at the IAM’s William Winpinsinger Training Center in Hollywood, MD. The Contract Preparation Program was launched by TWU-IAM Association Chair and Vice-Chair, Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, who pledged the full support of the Association to attain our goal of industry-best collective bargaining agreements.

...Read more >> July 10, 2015
Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen today announced that the union has come to terms with the management of NYCBS-Motivate on a first-ever union contract for bikeshare workers in North America.
“This is an historic agreement,” Samuelsen said. “It greatly improves the income and benefits of these dedicated workers but just as importantly will lead to better service for bikeshare users. The workers organized and joined TWU last year first and foremost to improve a problem-plagued operation that was being terribly managed and was in jeopardy of failing on the biggest stage. They wanted the clout of the TWU in order to gain a voice in their workplace and help put the company on the road to recovery. Thanks to this contract and new company management, we are all now on that road.”
Update as of July 16:  Bikeshare members have overwhelmingly ratified their first union contract by an 83 percent margin (97-19). 
...Read more >> July 09, 2015
The Executive Board of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, representing the Flight Attendants of Southwest Airlines, voted to approve a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a new  Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with Southwest Airlines Management.  The TA will now be presented to the 13,500+ Flight Attendants for a vote.
...Read more >> July 02, 2015

Following the June IEC meeting, presidents and officers from a number of Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Division locals gathered in Chicago to discuss key issues, attend a number of trainings, and continue to build strength and unity within the division.

Transit Division Presidents discussion local issues


...Read more >> June 29, 2015

Railroad Division Local 2017 President Matt Conway and his team have reached an agreement for members employed at Union Tank Car in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The five-year agreement provides for 3 percent annual wage increases in the first four years and a 3-1/2 percent wage increase in year five. The agreement also provides members with incremental benefit and pension improvements over the five-year term. Local 2017 members have given the tentative agreement a thumbs-up, and voted to ratify by a nearly two-thirds margin.

...Read more >> June 25, 2015
Check out the latest webcast from Local 556: a conversation with key members of the negotiating team who are sitting at the table with Southwest. They’ve been at the negotiating table for two years, and it’s time to land this contract!

TWU Local 556 Negotiation Update from TWU International on Vimeo.

We need everyone's help to spread the word and help Local 556 to land this contract!
...Read more >> June 15, 2015
President Lombardo, Secretary-Treasurer Garcia and ATD Director Drummond convened a meeting of the ATD presidents and officers this week in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where the groups learned about local’s histories, took a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and welcomed an important message on unity, strength and coming together to run strong campaigns and fight for the best contracts. Please stay tuned for more photos and videos from this meeting. 
...Read more >> June 12, 2015
Statement of Harry Lombardo, President, Transport Workers Union of America
“In a victory for working people, the House of Representatives today rejected the Fast Track trade package.  The war is not over, but we won a significant battle against a secret trade deal that would export American jobs, undercut labor rights, undermine environmental protections and allow corporations outside the United States to sue state and local governments in a private tribunal if our laws posed a threat to their pursuit of profits.
“TWU will continue to stand up against this unfair trade legislation until we are victorious in this fight.”
...Read more >> June 12, 2015
Members took part in a friendly baseball game. Shaking hands afterwards

Local 100’s 2015 Family Day brought together TWU’s transit, rail and air locals and their families for softball, grilling, fundraising and fun. Congratulations to Local 100 for retaining their trophy, and thanks to the local presidents, officers and members who came out, including President Mike Conigliaro of Local 101, President Debra Hagan of Local 252, Executive Vice President Pat Flannery with Local 2001, President Victor Gonzalez and Vice President Angelo Cucuzza with Local 501, and President Joe DelliSanti and Vice President Steve Hamm of Local 229. It was an incredible day of unity for TWU, as members from across our locals and divisions made their way to Coney Island to participate in the tournament. 
...Read more >> June 12, 2015
On the heels of the National Mediation Board’s (NMB) certifications of the TWU-IAM Associations at American Airlines, the Fleet Service and Mechanic and Related negotiations committees have scheduled bargaining preparations at the Machinists Union’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Complex in Hollywood, Maryland the week of July 6, 2015.
...Read more >> June 09, 2015
On Dec. 1, 2008, Bus Operator Edwin Thomas, a 46-year old father of two, was stabbed to death by a passenger on the B-46 Bus at Malcolm X Boulevard and Gates Ave in New York. He was loved by his co-workers and respected and liked by his passengers.  Local 100 has helped keep his memory alive with annual memorials near the site of his murder, and now, with the help of City Councilman Alan Maisel, there will be a permanent memorial for Edwin Thomas: a street co-named in his honor in the shadow of the Flatbush Bus Depot, home to the B46 Line.
...Read more >> June 08, 2015
Local 556's negotiating team was busy at the bargaining table with Southwest on May 26-27. Check out this video update from the team:

TWU Local 556 Negotiation Update from TWU International on Vimeo.

We need everyone's help to spread the word and help Local 556 to land this contract!
...Read more >> June 04, 2015


Quill Scholarship committee

President Harry Lombardo is proud to award this year’s Michael J. Quill Scholarships to several deserving students. Since 1970, TWU International has held an annual drawing to provide college tuition assistance to the deserving children of hard working TWU members.

...Read more >> May 28, 2015
Jon Bradford is president of Transport Workers (TWU) Local 226, representing some 800 bus drivers and social service workers in New Jersey. The local is about to grow by 100 members, thanks to a successful organizing campaign by bus driver Luis Del Toro and his co-workers who work for Trans-Ed, a company that provides bus service to school districts in northern New Jersey.
...Read more >> May 28, 2015
The National Mediation Board (NMB) today certified the TWU-IAM Association for the Fleet Service, Mechanic and Related and Stores classifications as the collective bargain-ing agent for all of the above classifications at American Airlines.
...Read more >> May 19, 2015

Starting Monday, May 4, Oriana (Ori) Korin will be joining TWU, as the director of our communications department.

...Read more >> May 01, 2015
Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) President Harry Lombardo testified before Congress today on the need to find a long-term, sustainable source of funding for transportation infrastructure in America, while also stressing the need to protect transit workers on the job. His remarks came in testimony during the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs’ hearing on reauthorizing MAP-21, the federal surface transportation legislation.  
...Read more >> April 23, 2015
HEARING: Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Building on the Successes of MAP-21 to Deliver Safe, Efficient and Effective Public Transportation Services and Projects
Watch the full hearing, and read/download President Lombardo's full written testimony.
...Read more >> April 23, 2015
TWU International President Harry Lombardo will be testifying before Congress on Thursday, April 23, on the importance of reauthorizing MAP-21, the federal surface transportation funding legislation. This is the first time a president of TWU has been asked to testify before Congress in recent memory. The hearing can be viewed live by going to and clicking on the “Watch Live Hearing” link in the middle of the page (the “Watch Live Hearing” link will only be available once the hearing begins). 
...Read more >> April 22, 2015

In case you missed it, earlier this year, Local 2054 President Tommy Murray took a public stand on behalf of commuter rail workers, blasting Keolis, the company that runs it, for dysfunctional and ineffective management during the winter storms. Check out his interview Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston.

...Read more >> April 21, 2015
Today the presidents of the Air Line Pilots Association International, the Allied Pilots Association, the Association of Flight Attendants, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO sent a letter to Congress urging members to call on the U.S. government to open consultations with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
...Read more >> April 16, 2015
The issuance of the NMB single carrier decision for the American Airline crafts and classes of Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores is a land mark in the history of TWU representation of its airline members.  It opens the way to members to continue to enjoy vigorous TWU representation at American Airlines, both through the several joint associations established by TWU and IAM to represent the classes or crafts at the merged single carrier, and through the continued efforts of both TWU and its AA locals to deal with American Airlines management at the local level and with regard to problems particular to the formerly AA side of the merged single carrier.
...Read more >> April 15, 2015
Today the National Mediation Board (NMB) issued a determination in favor of the TWU in CASE Nos. R-7425; R-7426; R-7427; R-7428 and R-7429 (File No. CR_7130) regarding the representation election filed for by the National Association of Airline Professionals in a bid to represent members of TWU Locals 541 and 542 — Simulator Technicians, Instructors and Flight Dispatchers for American Airlines and US Airways.
...Read more >> April 15, 2015
In an announcement that brings us one step closer to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores employees at American Airlines, the National Mediation Board (NMB) today ruled that the carrier is operating as a single transportation system. 
...Read more >> April 15, 2015
Washington, D.C. — The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, announced today that it has joined the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies, which seeks to restore a level playing field under the Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the UAE.
...Read more >> April 09, 2015
The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, won a significant legal victory in federal court on March 30, beating back a lawsuit that was aimed at allowing employees who enjoy the benefits of union representation to avoid having to pay their fair share of collective bargaining-related costs.
...Read more >> April 02, 2015
All members should have received at their home address an official TWU Membership Survey, along with an important communication from International President Harry Lombardo. Your union is requesting that you fill out the survey in its entirety and return it to TWU.
...Read more >> April 01, 2015
In conjunction with the work that has been done by the Local Presidents over the last few weeks, including our session in Baltimore, subcommittees have been established to reconcile differences between the TWU AA contracts and the IAM US Airways contracts.
...Read more >> March 24, 2015
TWU has just concluded an intensive six day contract negotiation and training conference in Baltimore, MD. International Staff and TWU Local Presidents representing members at American Airlines and US Airways honed their skill sets and strategized on more effective ways to approach negotiations at the new American Airlines.


...Read more >> March 13, 2015
The Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Division held the first ever Transit Reauthorization Legislation Education and Training Conference on March 9 and 10 in New Jersey. 
There were over 80 participants representing Transit, Air and Rail Divisions from across the country. The conference focused on all aspects of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill, a vital piece of legislation that directly affects over 55,000 TWU members and all of the communities that rely on public transportation.
...Read more >> March 13, 2015
This week, TWU's American Airlines local presidents, along with US Airways locals, are engaged in a rigorous, first-of-its-kind contract negotiations training course. This training, which began on Sunday, spans the entire week and is part of the union's coordinated strategy in preparation for upcoming contract negotiations with the airline. 
...Read more >> March 10, 2015
Yesterday, the National Mediation Board (NMB) requested additional information from the TWU/IAM Association relating to our request for a determination of Single Carrier Status (SCS). Specifically, the NMB asked for documentation related to both American Airlines and US Airways Simulator Technicians.
...Read more >> March 05, 2015
One of the main goals of our State Conference program is to build relationships with our elected representatives at all levels of government. With that goal in mind, members of TWU State Conferences visited congressional representatives in their district offices last fall. Each State Conference delegation was equipped with a small video recording device so that all TWU members could see their work in action. 
...Read more >> February 27, 2015
On Wednesday, dozens of TWU activists staged an informational picket outside of the Omni Shoreham Hotel in downtown Washington, DC where Southwest Airlines took home Air Transport Magazine’s “Airline of the Year” award. Led by Local 555 leadership and rank and file, protesters called for an end to Southwest’s refusal to bargain in good faith, which has left the airline’s 10,000 TWU-represented ground crew workers without a contract for over four years.
...Read more >> February 26, 2015
WASHINGTON – Workers who handle baggage at Southwest Airlines, members of TWU Local 555, will protest at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC this coming Wednesday, February 25th when Southwest Airlines receives the “Airline of the Year” award from Air Transport World magazine.
...Read more >> February 24, 2015
The TWU International concluded its annual meeting of the International Executive Council (IEC) and International Executive Board (IEB) last week. This critical meeting brings together the TWU International Administrative Committee, our union's Executive Council Vice Presidents, the Executive Council and Board, and our International staff for a wide-ranging discussion of all areas of TWU business. In a break from the past, this year's meeting was extended to three days in order to accommodate full discussion of a number of pressing union concerns.
...Read more >> February 18, 2015
We expect the National Mediation Board will finally soon issue its ruling affirming that American Airlines and US Airways are operating as a single carrier for the purpose of employee representation. TWU and the IAM jointly petitioned the NMB for this purpose in August, 2014. This long overdue declaration by the NMB will clear away a major hurdle to the start of new contract negotiations covering the 30,000 members of our joint TWU/IAM Employee Association. 
...Read more >> January 29, 2015
The latest issue of the TWU Express is hot off the presses and en route to TWU members across America. But you can get an advance look at the digital version of the issue right now!
...Read more >> January 28, 2015
Quill Scholarship awards have benefitted hundreds of families throughout the TWU. Sons and daughters of our members in city passenger transit, railroad and air transportation, utilities, public employment, space installations, and allied industries are among those who began their college educations with the help of the TWU’s signature scholarship, bearing the name of our founder.
...Read more >> January 28, 2015
Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we must reaffirm our commitment to the fight for justice. From TWU's founding in 1934, our pursuit of absolute economic and social justice—regardless of race, gender, class or creed—has been this union's most core value and our highest goal. It falls to each of us to carry on our forbears' work with renewed conviction, in the face of today's continued systemic discrimination and violence. 
...Read more >> January 19, 2015
Grounded in the Resolutions that came out of TWU's 24th Constitutional Convention, the International's education and training initiatives are transforming TWU representation at all levels of the union. The International Administrative Committee believes firmly that consistent, effective member representation is the bedrock of TWU's success—and is committed to empowering and strengthening our locals. That begins with getting all of our elected officers the training and information they need in order to deliver for members.
...Read more >> January 14, 2015