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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