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In a ruling completely separate from TWU’s ongoing healthcare prefunding case, a bankruptcy court ruled today in favor of TWU and two other unions in a case against American Airlines. The unions took the company to court last year to oppose the way the airline was dividing up additional shares of its stock while bankruptcy claims were still being resolved. TWU and the other unions argued that the company’s plan for distribution favored the old equity shareholders of AA at the expense of the unions, thus reducing each union's share of new AA equity below the agreed upon percentage that American Airlines had agreed to allot to them.
 

...Read more >> December 27, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The TWU-IAM Association today announced that Neutral Joshua Javits issued his Report and Recommendations and initial integrated seniority lists for the Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores work groups at American Airlines.

...Read more >> December 27, 2016

Brothers and Sisters:

The TWU International Administrative Committee and International staff extend to you and your families warm wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season.

This is a time for reflection and to make plans for 2017; a time to give thanks for one another, to evaluate what we accomplished, and to assess where we hope to be this time next year.

 

...Read more >> December 23, 2016
The AFL-CIO will not be holding a conference this year; but TWU, along with the Black Heritage Society will still observe and celebrate the holiday in Houston, Texas, January 13 - 16, 2017.
...Read more >> December 19, 2016

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Las Vegas. Updates from both committees are below.

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...Read more >> December 16, 2016

Linked below, please find a 30-minute video of the court proceedings in the latest hearing of the Daniel Demetris v. Transport Workers Union of America case.

...Read more >> December 16, 2016

TWU International President Harry Lombardo joined International Executive Vice President and Local 100 President John Samuelsen at New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) December Board meeting yesterday, addressing the body about the importance of equitable wage increases and additional worker safety measures. Local 100’s contracts for TA/OA and MTA bus members are set to expire in just over a month, and the entire union is standing in solidarity with those members, highlighting the precedent-setting nature of New York’s transit contracts for other locals around the country.

 

...Read more >> December 15, 2016

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below.

The next bargaining session will take place in Las Vegas next week in

Download Fleet Service        Download Mechanic & Related Stores
 

 

...Read more >> December 09, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 8, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin

TWU-Represented Aircraft Dispatchers Ratify Agreement with Frontier Airlines

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) is pleased to announce that another of its Air Division work groups has voted to ratify a new contract. The agreement with Denver-based Frontier Airlines goes into effect immediately and comes just before the holiday travel season swings into high gear.

The Frontier Airlines aircraft dispatchers voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ratify the new contract, which will provide substantial wage increases over the life of the five-year deal.

 

...Read more >> December 08, 2016

Seventy-five years ago today, the United States was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor, “a date which will live in infamy.”
 
Ninety minutes after the attack began, it was over—leaving 2,403 Americans dead and another 1,178 wounded. The U.S. was at war with Japan, and three days later, with Germany.
 
While the nation was stunned, the American people rolled up their sleeves and got to work: defending the country and keeping it running.
 
Just a week after the attack, TWU founder Michael Quill addressed a rally in New York, organized by the Greater New York Industrial Union Council.


 

...Read more >> December 07, 2016

In a blow to U.S. aviation workers, the Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday granted Norwegian Air International (NAI) a permit to fly to the United States. TWU vehemently opposes this decision. After an election focused on protecting American jobs, the White House has decided to threaten the entire U.S. aviation industry.

NAI is a low fare airline with a corporate structure designed to avoid labor, tax, and regulatory laws. It uses a “flag of convenience” scheme that allows the company to hire employees under the laws of low wage countries with few labor protections.

 

...Read more >> December 05, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 2, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin

TWU-Represented Aircraft Dispatchers Reach Agreement with Frontier Airlines

Late Tuesday evening, Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 540 and Frontier Airlines reached a tentative agreement for the TWU-represented aircraft dispatchers at the airline. The two sides have been negotiating an agreement for nearly five years and have been in mediation for more than three years.

 

...Read more >> December 02, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to TWU members and their families
 
From the leadership and international staff of TWU, we’d like to extend a heartfelt wish for a joyous Thanksgiving to all of our members.
 
We know this is the busiest travel time of the year and many of you are working on Thanksgiving Day itself to keep your fellow Americans safe as they travel to see family or head to work themselves.

 

...Read more >> November 23, 2016

TWU Local 234 has ratified its new contract with SEPTA in Philadelphia by a healthy majority. SEPTA Chairman Pasquale Deon has approved the ratification. Local 234 President Willie Brown called the contract "a big win for our members and for SEPTA passengers."

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer story.

 

 

...Read more >> November 18, 2016

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below.

The following negotiation dates have been scheduled for the rest of the year:

Week of December 5 – DCA    Week of December 12 – LAS  

Download Fleet Service        Download Mechanic & Related Stores

 

...Read more >> November 18, 2016

Thousands of TWU Local 100 members, joined by representatives from TWU International leadership, flooded the streets of lower Manhattan Tuesday night, as the local prepares to open negotiations with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

President Lombardo at the podium in New York  
President Lombardo addresses the crowd in New York  

An estimated 7,000 members armed with signs, songs and chants made their voices heard loud and clear in front of MTA headquarters—even projecting their demands on the building itself: workplace respect and safety, wages, pensions, and enhanced training. These issues and more will be on the table as negotiations open, and Local 100 will be fighting for their members every step of the way.

But it’s not just the city and people of New York that have their eyes on this fight. When TWU International President Harry Lombardo addressed the crowd, bringing greetings from all the locals and divisions of the union, he remarked that “Every local in the TWU family is watching this fight closely. Why? Because every local in our great union, especially our TWU transit locals, is affected by the outcome of this negotiation. In fact, every transit local in the country is watching this negotiation closely.”

 

 

...Read more >> November 17, 2016

Sisters and Brothers:

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Las Vegas. Updates from both committees are below.

The following negotiation dates have been scheduled for the remainder of the year:

Week of November 14 – DFW     Week of December 5 – DCA    Week of December 12 - LAS

Download Fleet Service        Download Mechanic & Related Stores
 

...Read more >> November 11, 2016

The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO joins with millions of grateful Americans in recognizing the sacrifice and commitment of our veterans of the armed forces.

On Veterans Day and every day, we are honored to count among TWU’s members thousands of veterans from all branches of the U.S. military who have protected this great nation. We thank you for your service.

 

 

...Read more >> November 10, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 10, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin

Another TWU-Represented Work Group at American Airlines Secures New Contract
Flight Crew Training Instructors and Simulator Pilots Ratify New Agreement

With nearly 90 percent of the work group participating in the election, American Airlines’ Flight Crew Training Instructors and Simulator Pilots ratified a new contract today; 230 members voted in favor of the agreement. The contract covers members represented by the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO at the newly-merged American Airlines.  
 
 

...Read more >> November 10, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 9, 2016
 
CONTACT:
 Ori Korin

“Never Stop Believing that Fighting for What’s Right is Worth It”;
Transport Workers Union of America Looks Ahead Following Election Results

Transport Workers Union of America International President Harry Lombardo issued the following statement on the 2016 election:
 
“Brothers and sisters, we have reached the end of a long and hard-fought campaign. I want to thank every single member of this organization who volunteered their time, sacrificed their energy, and offered their enthusiasm to getting out the vote for a cause you believed in. Your work did not go unnoticed. Together, we made the voices of working people heard, and that is a victory, regardless of the election’s outcome.

 

...Read more >> November 09, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 9, 2016

Contact: Ori Korin


American Airlines Workers Industry Best Pay Rates Go into Effect

This month, approximately 30,000 ground workers at American Airlines will see their industry-leading wage rates reflected in their paychecks. The wage increases for the TWU/IAM Association-represented workers will average approximately 22 percent. Mechanic and Related workers will surpass by 3 percent similarly classified workers at Delta Airlines. Fleet Service, Stores/Material Logistic Specialists and Maintenance Training Specialists’ wages will increase 1 percent ahead of their peers at United Airlines.


 

 

...Read more >> November 09, 2016

Local 100 member Louis Gray was working on the subway tracks in the early morning hours of Nov. 3 when he was struck and killed by an oncoming train as he and another member, Jeffrey Fleming, tried to jump out of the way. Fleming survived.
 
TWU International Executive Vice President and Local 100 President John Samuelsen said that the men were attempting one of the riskiest maneuvers that Local 100 members must undertake to define safe zones for track work. “This happened out on a curve, working in the opposite direction of train traffic, setting up the flagging lights to give motormen notice a work crew was present,” he said.

 

...Read more >> November 08, 2016

TWU Local 234 in Philadelphia and the city’s transit agency, SEPTA, came to an agreement early this morning to end the week-long strike in that city. The five-year deal is subject to ratification by the full membership.

 

...Read more >> November 07, 2016
Election Day is here.
 
TWU has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, and we want to make sure our members know their rights before they go in the voting booth this year.
...Read more >> November 07, 2016

As union members, friends, and allies, we cannot sit on the sidelines while anti-labor politicians try to court union voters. It's time to take action and stand up for the rights of all union members.

...Read more >> November 07, 2016

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) and Frontier Airlines have been negotiating regarding an agreement covering Frontier Flight Dispatchers for four and a half years, and they have been in mediation for more than three years. A full account of the history of these negotiations can be found here. By all objective measures, both parties are at an impasse.

...Read more >> November 03, 2016

What does Hillary stand for? She stands for...

...Read more >> November 01, 2016
Local 101 President Michael Conigliaro  

It is with great sadness that we share the news that International Vice President and Local 101 President, Michael Conigliaro passed away suddenly early on November 1, 2016.

Mike was a brother and friend to all of us, and his spirit, kindness, and commitment to this union will be sorely missed.

Read the tribute from Labor Press

 

 

 

...Read more >> November 01, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin

TWU International Union Stands with Striking Members in Philadelphia

Washington, D.C. – Nearly 5,000 SEPTA workers represented by TWU Local 234 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have walked off the job and are headed to the picket lines this morning. The union members operate subways, trolleys and buses all around the city, and went on strike late last night after negotiations failed to result in an agreement. While bargaining continued past the deadline and into the night, no deal was reached and the contract has now expired.

 

...Read more >> November 01, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2016

CONTACT: Ori Korin

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants Vote in Favor of New Labor Agreement
TWU Local 556 Reaches First Contract in ThreeYears

Today, members of TWU Local 556, flight attendants at Southwest Airlines, voted to ratify a new contract with the company after just over three years of negotiations. The final outcome was 54% voting in favor, with 89% of eligible members voting. The ratification marks a massive victory for the local, which, together with TWU International, launched a nationwide campaign to survey, educate and communicate with members about the ongoing negotiations.

 

...Read more >> October 31, 2016

Sisters and Brothers:

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below.

The following negotiation dates have been scheduled for the remainder of the year:

Week of November 7 – LAS    Week of November 14 – DFW
Week of December 5 – DCA    Week of December 12 - LAS

Download Fleet Service        Download Mechanic & Related Stores

 

...Read more >> October 28, 2016

With nearly 100% of the work group participating in the election, American Airlines’ Flight Simulator Engineers ratified a new contract yesterday. The joint contract also covers members formerly employed at US Airways, all now represented by TWU at the newly merged company.  

...Read more >> October 25, 2016

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week. Updates from both committees are below. 

Download Mechanic & Related Stores

Download Fleet

...Read more >> October 21, 2016

Can’t get tickets to Hamilton the Musical? Then check out what our first Treasury Secretary and the rest of the Founding Fathers have to say about the 2016 Election in the latest video from TWU International.
 
Spend time at the National Portrait Gallery and listen in as Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Adams and Franklin discuss the state of the current presidential election and what it may mean for the future of the country they forged nearly 250 years ago.

 

...Read more >> October 13, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 10, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin


Flight Crew Training Ground Instructors & Simulator Instructor Pilots
Reach Tentative Agreement with American Airlines

Dallas, Texas — Late last week, another workgroup represented by the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO reached a tentative agreement with American Airlines. The flight crew training ground instructors and simulator instructor pilots are members of TWU Local 548 and part of the Joint TWU-IAM Association, which represents over 30,000 workers at the country's largest airline.

 

...Read more >> October 10, 2016

We can all use more cake in our lives. But this election season, it’s even more important that we bake a strong labor layer cake, together.
 
In the latest video from TWU International, find an authentic American recipe for making a delicious cake that contains collective bargaining rights, dignity and respect in the workplace, a decent living wage, and strong healthcare benefits.
 
 

...Read more >> October 07, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Joint Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of September 26 in DFW. Updates from both committees are below.

Download Mechanic & Related Stores       Download Fleet

 

 

...Read more >> September 30, 2016
When a first responder falls in the line of duty, communities often lower flags to half-staff as a sign of respect. So earlier this week when a firefighter lost his life battling a fire in the Bronx, members of Local 100 at the Kingsbridge Depot in New York lowered the facility’s massive flag to honor his service.
 
FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy died in the line of duty on Tuesday, when a house exploded in the Bronx and he was hit by falling debris. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the flags lowered on all city buildings as a tribute, and Local 100 workers did just that.
 
...Read more >> September 29, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In June of this year, the membership was advised that the TWU/IAM Associations had retained the services of Neutral Arbitrator Joshua Javits to create final integrated seniority lists. Shortly thereafter, Javits met with TWU/IAM negotiators and seniority committee members to receive their thoughts, input and guidance and then sent a communication to members requesting that they submit comments and information for his consideration during the fact-finding stage of the seniority integration process. Download this communication

 

...Read more >> September 28, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

Both the Fleet Service and Mechanic and Related/Stores negotiating committees met this week in Washington, DC.  The week began with each committee meeting with company representatives to discuss outstanding articles and continue to exchange proposals.

The M&R/Stores committee exchanged proposals on Overtime and Rebids and have further narrowed our position for each article.  The company has yet to respond to our proposals regarding Vacations, Holidays and Limited Duty. Download this communication

 

...Read more >> September 23, 2016

Nearly 200 employees at Orlando International Airport now have the benefits of workplace protection, courtesy of TWU. In an overwhelming victory, ramp workers employed by Swissport voted for TWU representation on Sept. 9 and will become part of Local 525.
 
The workers approached TWU after years of struggling with low wages, long hours, and poor working conditions at the airport. They knew TWU’s proven track record of fighting for its members in the aviation industry and their confidence in their new union is reflected in the vote count.

 

...Read more >> September 15, 2016

Earlier today, another workgroup represented by the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO reached a tentative agreement with American Airlines. The flight simulator engineers are members of the Joint TWU-IAM Association, which represents over 30,000 workers at the country's largest airline. 

...Read more >> September 09, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mark Richard (305) 972-0173

Flight Attendants Union and Southwest Airlines Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Transport Workers Union (TWU) of America, AFL-CIO Local 556 announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement in principle with Southwest Airlines.

TWU Local 556, which represents over 14,500 flight attendants, has been negotiating for over three years to reach this tentative successor collective bargaining agreement.

 

...Read more >> September 09, 2016

Brothers and Sisters:

As negotiations with American Airlines continue, we know you’re eager for additional information about what’s happening at the bargaining table. Here’s the latest:

It’s been a few weeks since the interim agreement, and, despite the progress we made on those economic issues, it’s been a bit slow as we’ve returned to direct negotiations. The company has been helpful with resolving key issues with the agreement, but overall, we’re growing frustrated with the pace at which things are moving.

 

...Read more >> September 02, 2016

Happy Labor Day from TWU! This holiday represents an important opportunity to reflect on the labor movement's rich history. Whether you spend the weekend grilling with your family or on the job keeping America moving, take a moment to remember what unions have fought for: workplace safety, retirement security, a living wage, and more.

...Read more >> September 02, 2016
Sisters and Brothers,
 
The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Washington, DC.
 
Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update
 
The following are the upcoming negotiations sessions:
•    Week of September 19 – Washington, DC
•    Week of September 26 – Dallas/Fort Worth
 
 

 

...Read more >> September 02, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in New York.
 
Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

The following are the upcoming negotiations sessions:
•    Week of August 29 and September 19 – Washington, DC
•    Week of September 26 – Dallas/Fort Worth

 

...Read more >> August 26, 2016

There is new information available regarding the August 26 lump sum payout.

LUS Stock Clerks/LAA MCTs and LAA Planners

401(k) Deferral Issue E-mail (Approximately 1,200 LAA/TWU represented employees)

Here’s what you need to know (Download this document)

Fleet Service, Mechanic & Related and Stores Teams:

With the interim agreement’s August 26 lump sum payment right around the corner, we want to be sure you know what to expect and know where to go with any questions.

The lump sum

  • The majority of TWU-IAM Association-represented Mechanic & Related, Stores and Fleet Service employees will receive a lump sum payment on August 26 (which is 21 days from the date of the agreement, or August 5).
  •  Included in that lump sum payment is an estimate of the number of the hours you will work over the next 90 days. To calculate that estimate, each full-time employee will be paid based on 40 hours of work per week and each part-time employee will be paid based on 20 hours of work per week. That is the basis.

 



 

...Read more >> August 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 17, 2016

CONTACT: Thom McDaniel or Ori Korin

Transport Workers Union Reaches First Contract for Virgin America Flight Attendants

Dallas – The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU) is pleased to announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with Virgin America on behalf of its flight attendants.

The three-year agreement provides significant economic and quality of life improvements, and a roadmap for all of the workers’ successful transition to Alaska Airlines, contingent upon the regulatory approval of Alaska’s acquisition of Virgin.  Highlights of the agreement include a 13-year pay scale, immediate increases in hourly pay, as well as increases in holiday, deadhead, and operational assignment pay. Other benefits are a defined grievance process and commuter policy, improvements in reserve and reliability, and increased flexibility in trip trading and giveaway.

...Read more >> August 17, 2016

For nearly four years, TWU Local 525 in Florida has been fighting for proper vacation and severance pay for nine members who lost their jobs when their company’s contract with the U.S. Air Force ended. Like Local 526 and Local 527, Local 525 represents civilian employees under contract at military bases.

In May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down a decision mandating that the government contractor, Hallmark-Phoenix 3 LLC, pay all severance, vacation, and lead payments owed to employees who were laid off after a successful in-sourcing effort by the Air Force at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

 

...Read more >> August 17, 2016

Transport Workers Union Reaches First Agreement for Allegiant Airlines Flight Attendants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 12, 2016

CONTACT: Thom McDaniel or Ori Korin

Following five years of negotiations, the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO (TWU), announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle for the flight attendants it represents at Allegiant Airlines. This is the first union contract for this group of workers.


 

...Read more >> August 12, 2016

As previously communicated last Friday, the TWU-IAM Association and American Airlines reached an interim wage agreement to provide Association members wage and pension increases and job security enhancements while we continue negotiating joint collective bargaining agreements. Download this communication (includes the links below)

 

...Read more >> August 11, 2016

In a strong show of union solidarity, all of the State Conferences of TWU have pledged their support for the union’s Today We Unite campaign at American Airlines.
 
Read how TWU members coast-to-coast have one another’s backs in this united campaign to get a fair contract with American Airlines.

California   Florida   Georgia   Illinois/Indiana   Nevada/Arizona/Colorado   New York/New Jersey   Ohio/Michigan   Texas/Oklahoma

...Read more >> August 08, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2016

CONTACT: Ori Korin

Transport Workers Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Envoy Airlines
Deal Covers Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Related Workers

Dallas, TX – The Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, representing the AMT and Related work group at Envoy Airlines—a subsidiary of American Airlines—announced today that it has reached a tentative agreement with the company. The agreement clarifies contract language and secures improvements in several contract articles, including compensation, personal days off and holiday pay.

 

...Read more >> August 07, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ori Korin, TWU 
(202) 719-3834

 
Washington, D.C., August 5, 2016 –The TWU-IAM Joint Association today announced it has reached an interim agreement with American Airlines to provide approximately 30,000 ground workers industry-leading wage rates, a lump sum payment and retirement improvements. Both sides will continue joint contract negotiations to resolve outstanding issues.
 
 
...Read more >> August 05, 2016
Sisters and Brothers,
 
The TWU-IAM Joint Association today announced we have reached an interim agreement with American Airlines to provide all members industry-leading wage rates, a lump sum payment and retirement improvements. Your committee will continue joint contract negotiations with American to resolve all outstanding issues, including bargaining additional wage and retirement improvements. Download this letter
 
 
...Read more >> August 05, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Dallas.
 
Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

 

 

...Read more >> July 29, 2016
TWU members at American Airlines have made countless sacrifices, while the company continues to make record profits. Our benefits have been slashed, our work rights have been compromised, and our respect on the job has been decimated. We've been through bankruptcy, a merger, and stagnating wages, and we’re tired of America’s top executives getting rich off our hard work.
 
Enough is enough. We deserve a fair contract that restores our dignity, prioritizes our family, and protects our future.
...Read more >> July 25, 2016

Negotiations at American Airlines have dragged on long enough. We want to hold the company accountable to the promises they make at the bargaining table — but we need your help. 

...Read more >> July 22, 2016

It was a nostalgic and joyful evening for Local 208 on July 16 as it celebrated 75 years of working on behalf of transit workers in Columbus, Ohio.
 
Local 208 President Andrew Jordan and his executive board were hosts for the evening that brought together representatives of the International union as well as other Ohio-based locals, and even Local 1460 from New York.
 
International President Harry Lombardo, Executive Vice President John Samuelsen, Administrative Vice President Gary Maslanka, and Vice President and Transit Division Director Jerome Lafragola were joined by other members of the International staff in congratulating the local.

 

...Read more >> July 21, 2016

Earlier today, President Obama signed an FAA extension bill that will lock in current FAA funding levels for 14 months, until September 30, 2017.

...Read more >> July 16, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of July 11 in Dallas, where we exchanged and dicussed the following articles:
 
Download M&R/Stores update

 

...Read more >> July 15, 2016

UPDATE: The workers at Envoy and Southwest have lost their bid to revive their lawsuit.

In a huge victory for TWU and our members covered under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit this week affirmed an earlier district court ruling in favor of TWU and dismissed a class action suit brought against the union.

The case, Serna vs. Transport Workers, was brought by a group of employees at Envoy Air and Southwest Airlines who were not members of TWU and objected to paying “fair share” fees, money paid by non-union members to cover the cost of collective bargaining.

 

...Read more >> July 14, 2016

Last week, TWU International President Harry Lombardo, Vice President and Transit Division Director Jerome Lafragola and Government Affairs Director Brendan Danaher met with Michele Gilliam and Lori D’Orazio to discuss transit and infrastructure funding, Amtrak issues, and airline industry contract negotiations.

President Lombardo with Clinton campaign labor staff

...Read more >> July 05, 2016
July 4, 2016
 
In a year more noted for its sharp political divides, it is important that we come together as a union to celebrate what ties us together at TWU and what binds us as a nation.
 
This weekend while we celebrate our country’s birth, TWU International President Harry Lombardo has a special message for our members, many of whom are on the job this holiday. “As we celebrate our independence, let us please remember that independence and rights as citizens under our Constitution require us to be civically responsible. We have to exercise our rights in order to preserve them and that fight goes on every single day,” says Lombardo in a video message.
 
 
...Read more >> July 01, 2016
By agreement between the Joint Association and American Airlines, a neutral, professional arbitrator has been appointed this week to assist the parties in the seniority integration process resulting from the merger of American and US Airways.
 
“According to federal law, known as the McCaskill-Bond Amendment, in airline mergers the integration of seniority must be fair and equitable,” writes arbitrator Joshua M. Javits in a letter to all Mechanic and Related, Stores, and Fleet Service members.
 
 
 
...Read more >> June 29, 2016

An arbitrator’s ruling in early June found that Local 291 successfully demonstrated that Miami-Dade County violated its contract with TWU by outsourcing work without offering the maintenance jobs to the union’s bargaining unit.

The initial grievance was written two years ago when the county outsourced the work of an automated people mover system between Miami International Airport and a new transit center.

 

 

 

...Read more >> June 29, 2016

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of June 20 in Washington, D.C.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

Update on Seniority Integration

 

...Read more >> June 24, 2016

International President Harry Lombardo met with presidents of TWU’s American Airlines locals yesterday, taking a short break from ongoing negotiations preparations for an honest and frank status check on bargaining with the company.

President Lombardo meets with American Airlines local presidents
 

 

...Read more >> June 21, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of June 13 in Dallas.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

 

...Read more >> June 17, 2016
Transit Presidents work together at the conference  

In keeping with TWU International’s pledge to offer more education and resources for locals, the Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Division held a two-day training conference last week for nearly 75 of its local presidents and officers, who were joined by colleagues from the air and railroad divisions. The meeting was called to order and chaired by International Vice President, Administrative Assistant to the International President and Division Director Jerome Lafragola, who sees the yearly conference as a way “to continue to build strength and unity within the Transit Division. It is helpful to bring the leaders together in person to share ideas and exchange tips and strategies to maintain a united workplace.”

 

...Read more >> June 17, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 16, 2016

Contact: Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834

Transport Workers Union of America Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Washington D.C. – The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), which represents 140,000 workers from all across the country, today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. In making their endorsement, TWU’s International Administrative Committee (IAC) noted her dedication to ensuring working people have a voice against corporate America and her plan to invest billions in the country’s infrastructure.
 
“Working people in this country continue to suffer because of Corporate America. They see good wages and retirement security slowly ripped from them by CEOs who make millions. Our next president must be someone who will give working people a voice at the table—who will stand up and say enough is enough.
 

 

...Read more >> June 15, 2016

Brothers and Sisters:

The International Administrative Committee is proud to announce TWU’s endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. As Election 2016 nears, we hope each and every one of you will consider this endorsement and the great privilege that comes with voting.

We hear from many of our members that you don’t like to be told for whom to cast your ballot. That’s fair. But there is simply too much at stake in this particular election for us to sit quietly on the sidelines any longer. The differences between the two remaining candidates are staggering, and we must spend the next five months doing everything we can to ensure that our movement will survive this election.

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...Read more >> June 14, 2016

The Transport Workers Union of America stands in solidarity with the victims of the Orlando massacre and all of the families, loved ones, workers, and community members affected by this tragedy. We are reminded of the words of Martin Niemöller, who wrote:


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
 


Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
 


Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
 


Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.


In an era of segregation, our union was founded on inclusion and we are proud of this long history of commitment to civil and human rights. Today, as always TWU stands as one regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, or nationality. We join with the proud chorus of voices around the world wishing for a full recovery for those injured.
 

 

...Read more >> June 12, 2016
TWU International President Harry Lombardo was recently honored for his outstanding leadership by Labor Press, New York’s leading source for daily labor news and industry information, at a celebration in New York. 
 
The event, held June 1, was also attended by a delegation from the AFL-CIO, led by Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation President Mike Stotz. 
 
 
...Read more >> June 08, 2016
Hillary Clinton Statement on Endorsements from Three California TWU Locals
 
Hillary Clinton issued a statement following the endorsement of Transport Workers Union of America Locals 502, 505, and 250-A, three California-based local chapters that fight for transit workers statewide:
 
"I am honored and grateful to have earned the endorsement of the Transport Workers Union of America Locals 502, 505, and 250-A.
 
 
...Read more >> June 04, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2016

CONTACT: Chris Donnelly (732) 280-9600

Transport Workers Union of America Locals 250-A, 502 & 505 Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

California – The Transport Workers Union of America Locals 250-A, 502 and 505 today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. In making their endorsement, the locals cited her commitment to giving working people a voice against corporate America, to workers’ bargaining rights and protecting retirement security, and her plan to invest in the country’s infrastructure.
 

 

...Read more >> June 03, 2016

TWU’s Veterans Committee is asking all our TWU brothers and sisters to reach out to Congress on behalf of the men and women who have served in the armed forces and receive their health care from the VA. Some in Congress are looking to shut down the entire VA health care system at the expense of those who need it the most.

...Read more >> June 02, 2016

As graduation loomed for high school students across the country, 335 of them, sons and daughters and other dependents of TWU members, awaited word on the Michael J. Quill Scholarship announcement.

Established in 1969, the Quill Scholarship Fund provides 15 scholarships worth $4,800 to college-bound dependents of TWU members. It is paid out per year in the amount of $1,200 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four-year course of study. The money is paid directly to the recipient’s accredited college or university and may be used for tuition, college fees, or room and board while pursuing an undergraduate degree.

 

...Read more >> June 01, 2016

International President Harry Lombardo reflects on Memorial Day in a video message to members. Watch the video on our home page or on YouTube.

Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the Civil War in 1868, when an organization of veterans in Illinois established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Many TWU members participate in their communities by visiting military cemeteries and paying tribute to fallen Americans.

“It is necessary," says President Lombardo, "that we take some time today to reflect on the sacrifices that those men and women have made, giving their lives for democracy…”
 

 

 

 

 

...Read more >> May 27, 2016

Are you one of the 4,000 TWU members who’ve already downloaded the TWU App? It’s available now for Apple and Android phones.

...Read more >> May 27, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 23 in Dallas.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

 

...Read more >> May 27, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 16 in Dallas.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

...Read more >> May 20, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of May 9 in Washington, D.C. The committees received a visit from TWU International President and Association Vice Chair, Harry Lombardo, on Tuesday. He addressed the committee with his thoughts, and restated his commitment and support to the Association and these negotiations.

Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

 

...Read more >> May 13, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2016

CONTACT: 
Ori Korin (202) 719-3834

TWU Members Join Deny NAI Coalition for Day of Action at White House
Urge U.S. Government to Enforce U.S.–EU Air Transport Agreement, Defend Fair Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Members from the Transport Workers Union of America’s Air Division joined representatives of organizations representing more than 200,000 aviation workers at a rally in front of the White House today. The coalition is calling on the Obama administration to enforce U.S. trade agreements by denying Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to serve the United States with a business plan that ignores U.S. trade policy, erodes fair competition, and threatens U.S. jobs.


TWU Members picket in front of the White House

...Read more >> May 12, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Transport Workers Union of America, Ori Korin (202) 719-3834; or AFL-CIO, Carolyn Bobb (202) 637-5018

Aviation Workers to Converge at White House, Urge U.S. Government to Deny NAI
Obama Administration Must Enforce U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement, Defend Fair Competition

WHEN:    Thursday, May 12, 2016; 12–1 pm

WHERE:    Lafayette Square, across from the White House
        


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Members of organizations representing more than 200,000 aviation workers will converge in front of the White House to call on the Obama administration to enforce U.S. trade agreements by denying Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to serve the United States with a business plan that ignores U.S. trade policy, erodes fair competition, and threatens U.S. jobs. Download this advisory

 

...Read more >> May 10, 2016

 After averting a strike in March, TWU Local 2001 members have ratified their new contract with New Jersey Transit. A coalition of 14 unions, representing 4,000 rail workers, agreed to a deal less than 48 hours before they would have gone on strike. The unions had been working without a contract since 2011.
 

...Read more >> May 06, 2016

The AFL-CIO has recently endorsed the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) boycott of the snack food items of Mondelez International that are made in Mexico. TWU stands in solidarity with our union brothers and sisters, and we support the BCTGM's "check the label" campaign and boycott. 

...Read more >> May 05, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of April 25 in Washington, D.C. Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

...Read more >> April 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 28, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin

NAI’s Scheme Should Not Fly
TWU Praises Congress for Taking Action

Following the release of bipartisan legislation today to prohibit Norwegian Air International's (NAI) Irish-flag subsidiary from violating labor standards in the aviation industry, the Transport Workers Union of America issued the following statement:
 
“As the Norwegian Air saga continues to rear its ugly head, we are grateful to the members of Congress who stand up against this bogus proposal with commonsense legislation that protects good jobs and fair competition. This bill would fight the Department of Transportation’s effort to allow airlines to flout labor standards in order to pad their bottom lines. It sends a message to any company looking to operate in the United States: if you don’t care about working people, you aren’t welcome here.

 

...Read more >> April 28, 2016

Sisters and Brothers:

The Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of April 18 in DFW. During this week’s sessions, your Negotiating Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles: 

Download this communication

 

...Read more >> April 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2016
 
CONTACT:
 Ori Korin
 

DOT NAI Decision Bad for Business, Bad for Workers

Following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s tentative approval of a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International's (NAI) Irish-flag subsidiary, which would allow the carrier to provide service between the United States and the European Union, Transport Workers Union International President Harry Lombardo issued the following statement:
 
“Today’s DOT order sets a very dangerous precedent in U.S. aviation policy, and highlights the serious flaws with our current Open Skies trade policies. When we open up certain routes to these flag-of-convenience subsidiaries that are set up to explicitly violate labor laws, we weaken what little labor protections our trade agreements already have. Plus, we risk thousands of U.S. airline jobs and drive down standards even lower in the airline industry.”

...Read more >> April 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2016

CONTACT:
 Ori Korin

Dispatcher Operation Specialists Ratify Contract with American Airlines
TWU Looks to Replicate Gains for all Members at Company

Late yesterday evening, TWU Local 549, which represents Dispatcher Operation Specialists at American Airlines, overwhelmingly ratified a contract that will give members immediate pay increases as well as improved longevity pay, increased vacation, sick days, and holidays. Over 85 percent of members voted in favor of the contract. This afternoon, the new agreement was signed by TWU International, Local 549 leadership, and American Airlines.

...Read more >> April 15, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of April 11 in Dallas. While the Joint Association reconciled each union’s agreements months ago, the company continues to pass proposals containing language that we feel is not in the best interest of our joint membership. Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

 

...Read more >> April 15, 2016

In a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today, TWU joined other unions in the AFL-CIO's Transportation Trades Department in urging the secretary to issue a rule to protect bus drivers and other transit operators from physical assault.
 

The letter, signed by International President Harry Lombardo and seven other union leaders, points out the gravity of the situation and the growing threat to transit operators regardless of where they work: cities, suburbs or even rural communities.

 

...Read more >> April 07, 2016
President Lombardo speaking at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO convention  

International President Harry Lombardo addressed the 42nd Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention today, speaking on the theme of “Solidarity is Power.” President Lombardo is joining both of the Democratic presidential candidates and other union leaders in Philadelphia this week and addressed the more than 700 delegates this morning.
 

...Read more >> April 06, 2016

Following this morning’s announcement that Alaska Airlines would acquire Virgin America, we released the following statement to our members at Virgin America directly from their negotiating committee:

In spite of the rampant speculation and rumors over the past two weeks, we were still surprised this morning when we received official confirmation that our airline, Virgin America, is being acquired by Alaska Airlines.

 

...Read more >> April 04, 2016

Sisters and brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of March 28 in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

...Read more >> April 01, 2016

This week, the Supreme Court officially deadlocked in the Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association case, effectively allowing the lower court’s decision in the case to stand. It was a victory for organized labor, but only a temporary reprieve from other harmful anti-worker cases making their way through the judicial system.

 

...Read more >> March 31, 2016

Everyone in the transportation industry breathed a sigh of relief when the president signed the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) into law at the end of last year.

But did you know what a pivotal behind-the-scenes role TWU members played to get the bill passed? In a video that debuted at the recent Legislative and Political Conference, the IAC, division directors and other TWU leaders, officers, and members detail the union's effort to secure much-needed transportation funding after a decade of short-term fixes by Congress.

...Read more >> March 30, 2016


Sisters and brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of March 21 in Dallas. Updates from both committees are below. Download M&R/Stores update   Download Fleet Service update

...Read more >> March 28, 2016
Local 2015 members in front of a banner honoring James Riley  

On a cloudy Saturday in mid-March, TWU Local 2015 paid tribute to the late James Riley, former president of the local, during the 41st annual Wilmington, Del., St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Brother Riley died unexpectedly last April and the local and his family felt that honoring his memory in the parade would be a fitting tribute to his Irish roots. First elected as Vice President in 1978, Brother Riley served as Local 2015 President from 1984 until his death.

 

...Read more >> March 24, 2016

In a letter sent to the Senate committee considering the FAA reauthorization bill, TWU International President Harry Lombardo called on Congress to tighten oversight of foreign repair stations working on U.S. commercial aircraft.
 
“Under current regulations,” the letter said, “Aircraft mechanics working in the U.S. are subject to various drug and alcohol screening to ensure their ability to perform safety-sensitive repairs. Yet employees working at repair stations located abroad are exempt from this requirement despite the fact that they work on the same U.S. aircraft and at repair stations certified by the FAA.”

 

...Read more >> March 23, 2016

TWU expresses its deepest sympathy for the victims of the terrorist attack in Brussels today, and stands in solidarity with their families. Our thoughts are with all the people of Belgium and we thank the brave workers on the front lines of transit and aviation security. Every day across the world, our brothers and sisters working on trains, buses, and planes are often our first line of defense against terrorism, and we must continue to do all we can to protect them, along with the traveling public.

 

...Read more >> March 22, 2016

The Senate Commerce Committee passed an FAA bill last week after several amendments were adopted, including:

  • A ban on cell phone use during flight.
  • A ban on knives in airplane cabins.
  • Flight attendants must receive training to combat human trafficking.
  • FAA must review aircraft evacuation standards.
  • FAA must issue a flight attendant Fatigue Risk Management Plan. (The House bill included a stronger bipartisan provision that required 10-hours minimum rest between duty periods.)
...Read more >> March 21, 2016

Sisters and brothers,

The TWU-IAM Association Fleet Service Negotiating Committee and American Airlines continued joint contract negotiations this week in New York. Your committee exchanged proposals with the company regarding the following contract articles:

 

...Read more >> March 18, 2016
This week President Obama fulfilled his Constitutional duty by nominating Merrick Garland, a chief federal appeals judge, to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. Speaking at TWU’s legislative and political conference last week, International President Harry Lombardo made the connection between the Supreme Court, the 2016 election, and what it means for working people.
 
 
...Read more >> March 16, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin, (202) 374-6103
 
A coalition of unions representing more than 4,000 rail workers on New Jersey Transit announced a tentative deal late Friday night in a massive victory for TWU members, who had been working without a new contract since 2011.
 
Bargaining for higher wages and to protect their benefits, the union was prepared to strike as early as this weekend had a deal not been reached.

 

...Read more >> March 11, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

The Mechanic & Related/Stores negotiating committee met with American Airlines this week in Washington, DC. Contrary to the message being delivered by management returning from the leadership conference in Dallas, your committee has not received any proposals related to compensation. Download this communication

The Fleet Service negotiating committee will be meeting next week.

 

...Read more >> March 11, 2016

On March 9, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee released a draft of the FAA reauthorization bill, which lays out the policy and laws for the aviation sector.
 
This legislation includes some TWU-supported provisions but doesn’t have everything we have called for. Oversight of foreign aircraft repair stations would be increased but there is no language banning mobile phone use on airplanes. Fortunately, there is no air traffic control reform language; the system would remain federal.
 
The Commerce Committee will mark up the proposal March 16, which will provide an opportunity to make amendments. Senate floor action may happen sometime in April. The House of Representatives must also pass an identical bill before it gets sent to the president.
 
Visit our new FAA page to read the highlights.

 

...Read more >> March 10, 2016
 
Remember the fun you had with your G.I. Joes, Barbies and Star Wars play sets? In the third of our Voter Registration Campaign videos, you’ll find the civic duty of voting can be just as much fun! Be a real American voter! Watch and share our video #TWULegCon
 
...Read more >> March 09, 2016
Another of our Voter Registration Campaign videos has just been released! Through the years, there have been some great films about the American political process: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Primary Colors, All the President’s Men. But none of those even come close to a new movie premiering this spring, co-produced by TWU. We were able to get our hands on a trailer for the film, just in time for this legislative conference. Can an average American harness the power of the voting booth and go “Back to Election Day”? Please enjoy and share this special preview with #TWULegCon
 
 
...Read more >> March 08, 2016
Straight from the 2016 Legislative and Political Conference, the first of three TWU original videos! These fun, social media friendly videos, are all part of TWU’s Voter Registration Campaign. Share with the hashtag #TWULegCon. Up first, “Vote For Me.” Are politicians asking for your vote for themselves or for your best interests? Can a bright, shiny object distract TWU members from the real issues? Watch and share the video.
 
...Read more >> March 07, 2016

The TWU-IAM Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Committees met with American Airlines this week in Texas to continue contract negotiations. The TWU-IAM Association is the largest union at American and your negotiating committees remain in solidarity to provide the membership with exceptional contracts for all workgroups. Reports from both committees are below.  Download Mechanics & Related Stores    Download Fleet Service

...Read more >> March 04, 2016

An arbitrator has denied TWU's grievance regarding distribution of the contributions American Airlines made to match employee contributions to their prefunding accounts. TWU is reviewing the arbitrator’s decisions to determine the union’s next steps. "Nothing in this Opinion, however, should be read as concluding that the Company’s obligation to distribute the matching funds has somehow been extinguished. The finding herein is limited to the observation that there exists no current obligation to do so," concludes the ruling. Read the memo from TWU's General Counsel.   Read the arbitrator’s full ruling

 

 

...Read more >> March 03, 2016
TWU is joining other members of the NJ Transit Rail Labor Coalition to rally for public transportation support. If you’re in New York or New Jersey, take some time on Saturday to show solidarity with other unions and rail and transit workers in Woodbridge, N.J.! Details here
 
 
...Read more >> March 03, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 29, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834

Victory for TWU Local 557: Flight Crew Training Instructors at Southwest Airlines Ratify Contract

Members of The Transport Workers Union of America Local 557 ratified a new contract with Southwest Airlines yesterday by nearly 70 percent, with an impressive 90.9 percent of the membership turning out to vote. The agreement provides for structural increases each year, with a 5 percent signing bonus to be paid after ratification. The local represents flight crew training instructors at Southwest Airlines.

 

...Read more >> February 29, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:
February 26, 2016
 
CONTACT:
 Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834

Transport Workers Union Stands with Members Across Airline Industry for Nationwide Day of Action

This Friday, TWU members will join with their brothers and sisters in the airline industry for a nationwide day of action organized by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at airports across the country. Members will come together to protest the issues facing airline workers across all classes and crafts, shedding light on the poverty-level wages, grueling hours, and treacherous conditions they face in what many call “the new fast food industry.”
 
 

...Read more >> February 26, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834
 
NMB Certifies Vote at Allegiant: Flight Attendants Remain TWU United, Invincible
 
Washington, D.C. – TWU Local 577 proudly remains the union representing nearly 800 flight attendants at Allegiant Air, reaffirmed today by a majority of those voting, as certified by the National Mediation Board. Fighting back against a coordinated union-busting campaign and smear tactics waged by employer-supported front groups, Allegiant flight attendants banded together to ensure they remain represented by TWU, the union that’s ready to fight for them at the bargaining table. 
 
 
 
...Read more >> February 25, 2016
 
We continue to receive questions concerning the American Airlines equity lawsuit. The latest update is below:
 
The appeal by plaintiffs in the Demetrius lawsuit is still pending:  the U.S. District Court ordered the dismissal of this case, in which plaintiffs challenge TWU’s Equity Distribution Plan; and plaintiffs have appealed the Court’s order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has not yet been scheduled for argument, nor have judges been assigned to the case. 
 
TWU will communicate with you as soon as there is any further development in the appeal. Please be sure to download the TWU App and sign up for notifications to get the latest updates on this and all things TWU-related.
 
...Read more >> February 25, 2016
In a victory for TWU members at Local 721, an appeals court reversed a ruling that allowed Wynn Las Vegas to pool its dealers’ tips and distribute them among other workers at the casino. The unfair tip-pooling policy was the original straw that broke the camel’s back and caused the dealers to unionize and join TWU back in 2008. 
 
Although the court sided with the dealers—who could potentially regain the tips and receive double damages, according to the plaintiff’s attorney—the casino has the right to appeal and is mulling over its next steps. Read the entire story.
 
...Read more >> February 25, 2016

Members of TWU Local 100 were among those honored by the New York Daily News on Tuesday as “Hometown Heroes” at the newspaper’s fourth annual awards ceremony. TWU knows what these men and women do on the job every day, often going above and beyond to keep the city moving and the riding public safe. TWU International Executive Vice President and Local 100 President John Samuelsen was one of the judges on the panel that determined the awards for the MTA employees. “Transit workers really are the unsung heroes of New York City; we’ve proven it time and time again,” said Samuelsen, citing the January blizzard “where we dug out miles of track by hand” to get the system up and running for commuters. Congratulations to all the honorees and to our brothers and sisters across the country who every day, keep America moving! Watch a video from the event. Read the full story

 

...Read more >> February 25, 2016

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2016
Contact: Jamie Horwitz, (202) 549-4921, Patti Adams, (501) 519-2743 or Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834


In a Close Vote, Ground Workers Approve New Contract with Southwest Airlines

New labor agreement includes 20 percent wage increase, first raises in five years
for many ramp workers at highly profitable airline

DALLAS—After a five-year, often difficult contract battle, Transport Workers Union Local 555, the union representing 12,000 ground crew workers employed by Southwest Airlines, announced today that union members narrowly voted to approve a tentative agreement with the airline. TWU members by a close margin, 50.4 percent (4,703) cast “yes” votes, and 49.6 percent voted “no” (4,628), out of 11,073 eligible. Electronic voting began February 4 and concluded earlier today. Ballots were tallied this afternoon in Dallas.

 

...Read more >> February 19, 2016
As previously reported, at a hearing in November, TWU presented a major segment of its grievance regarding American Airlines’ plans for disposition of the employer matching contributions which the company made on behalf of TWU-represented employees. At that hearing, the union believes it demonstrated that American violated its collective bargaining agreements.
 
TWU has filed a post-hearing brief, stating “that the aspect of TWU' s grievance that alleges that American violated the CBAs by not allowing post-October 31,2012 retirees to draw down from the Company’s matching contributions … to partially pay for their post-retirement health care coverage should be sustained." The post-hearing brief was filed on Jan. 22, 2016.
 
...Read more >> February 18, 2016


Taking on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio yet again, TWU Local 100 recently dealt a blow to the mayor’s latest anti-worker scheme: attempting to ban pedicab drivers from operating below 85th Street, which includes areas of Central Park. The misguided legislation would have destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of workers, many of whom are immigrants, by keeping them away from the most heavily traveled—and therefore more lucrative—sections of the park.

...Read more >> February 12, 2016

The TWU-IAM Fleet Service and Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committees met this week in Baltimore, Md. and continued joint contract negotiations with American Airlines. Download this communication

...Read more >> February 12, 2016

Update: Read the thank you letter from Local 555

Those were the words of gratitude from a TWU Local 555 member who, along with over 100 co-workers, was suspended not long before Christmas.

As previously reported, Southwest Airlines issued unpaid suspensions ranging from 45 to 90 days to 105 Local 555 members in December, alleging they participated in “illegal job actions.” The alleged “illegal job actions” were actually regional union meetings that took place in Southern California and Orlando, Fla. to discuss options under the Railway Labor Act.

Following the suspensions, several Local 555 members suddenly found themselves facing the holidays with no income.

 

...Read more >> February 10, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 29, 2016

CONTACT: Ori Korin (202) 374-6103

Transport Workers Union Announces Tentative Agreement
between Flight Crew Training Instructors and Southwest Airlines

Last week, Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) Local 557 reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines (SWA) over the contract covering flight crew training instructors. The agreement was reached after only four weeks of negotiating, as the previous bargaining agreement only became amendable on December 31 of last year. TWU is pleased with the progress and hopes it can be replicated at other units across Southwest.



 

...Read more >> January 29, 2016
January 29, 2016


 
Sisters and Brothers,

 
With some difficulty traveling due to winter storm Jonas, the Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of January 25 in Washington, DC.
 
We continue to make steady and thorough progress toward a new joint collective bargaining agreement, and remain firm in our stance to advocate what is best for the membership. Our main goal continues to be to incorporate the best of both contracts into a joint agreement. Download this communication
 
...Read more >> January 29, 2016

While everyone else was bundled up inside, TWU members all over the East Coast were suiting up to tackle the record-breaking blizzard. As the snow came down, our members were digging out subway stations, de-icing planes, clearing off bridges, restoring power, and doing their best to keep transportation and utility systems safe and functional. Check out these examples from just a few of our locals working through the storm:

...Read more >> January 28, 2016
 
Cover of TWU Express announcing Mike Quill's death in Jan. 1966  
Fifty years ago today, just days after leading a successful transit strike that brought New York City to its knees, TWU’s founder and fiery leader Michael J. Quill passed away.
 
While commemorating the anniversary of his death, TWU members honor Quill's legacy every day by fighting against discrimination, improving workplace policies and protections, and standing up for working men and women who are striving to reach the American Dream.
 
...Read more >> January 28, 2016
 
Hundreds of TWU members came from near and far to attend the AFL-CIO’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference in Washington, D.C. last week. While learning how to be effective political advocates, members also came together to serve the community by packing more than 400 meals for seniors in need. Attendees even braved the cold to march proudly in the Southeast D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.
 
...Read more >> January 27, 2016
  Image of the App home screen with icons and TWU logo
We’re pleased to announce the first version of the TWU mobile app, designed to allow our members to stay up to date with TWU news, information and photos no matter where they are. As promised at the convention, we want to open the lines of communication between TWU International and our locals. We want to keep you informed, and we know that you’re on the go, keeping America moving. Download the app for Apple or Android from your app store.
 
So you asked, and we heard: you want information. You want to hear from us. You want timely updates on negotiations, news alerts, and member stories, and you want to know what happens, when it happens. You want an open and transparent exchange of ideas, and you want to be kept up to date on the issues facing this union, whether they’re related to contracts, legislation, internal committees, or even photos of members in action.
...Read more >> January 25, 2016

January 22, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,


Your TWU-IAM Association Fleet Service and Mechanic & Related Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Washington, D.C. to continue joint contract negotiations. Below is each committee’s update of this week’s discussions. Each committee was able to reach preliminary, tentative agreements pertaining some of the articles discussed. Download this communication

...Read more >> January 22, 2016

The election for U.S. President will happen this November, and the Republican and Democratic parties start voting on nominees this month.

But before TWU endorses a presidential candidate, your union wants to hear from you about the issues that are most important and which candidate you support. At the direction of President Lombardo and the IAC, the Government Affairs Department developed an online survey to accomplish this.

...Read more >> January 21, 2016

TWU Members: If you participated in a National Day of Service activity last weekend, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Communications Department would like to see your photos! They could be used on our website or on social media. E-mail your photos as an attachment to TWU Communications. What better way to honor the civil rights icon than by serving your community.

 

...Read more >> January 21, 2016

As an historic storm approaches the East Coast of the United States, TWU's members are hard at work ensuring America's rail, transit, air, and other transportation sectors remain safe during this blizzard. Thank you for keeping America moving through this storm. Stay safe, everyone!

...Read more >> January 21, 2016
 

You can now connect with us on Instagram! Follow @TransportWorker for updates from the ground (and from the skies!)

If you were at the MLK Day parade in Washington, DC, tag your posts with #1uMLK so we can see them.

You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@TransportWorker). 

...Read more >> January 20, 2016

Across the country, TWU members honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through community service activities.

...Read more >> January 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 16, 2016
 
CONTACT: Oriana Korin  (202) 719-3834
 
Following this week’s news that TWU Local 250-A member and San Francisco cable car operator Reynaldo Morante succumbed to injuries suffered after being struck by a suspected drunken motorcyclist while on the job in June 2015, TWU International President Harry Lombardo issued the following statement:
 
“We are all deeply saddened by the news of Brother Morante’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. He fought bravely for several months, and his dedication to the City of San Francisco, its residents and visitors, and his union, will remain his legacy, which we will honor every single day.”

 

...Read more >> January 15, 2016

Earlier this week, the National Mediation Board certified our election at Flight Services International / Atlas Air – after the votes were tallied, workers chose TWU with 61 percent of the vote.

We’re thrilled that FSI/Atlas flight attendants have taken this initial action toward securing their future, and we look forward to representing them at the bargaining table. Welcome to TWU!

...Read more >> January 15, 2016



Sisters and Brothers,


Your TWU-IAM Association Fleet Service and Mechanic & Related Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines this week in Miami to continue joint contract negotiations. Below is each Committee’s update of this week’s discussions. Each Committee was able to reach preliminary, tentative agreements pertaining to some of the articles discussed this week.

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...Read more >> January 15, 2016
TWU is now accepting applications for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer 15 college-bound dependents of TWU members with a scholarship worth $4,800. This scholarship will be paid out per year in the amount of $1,200 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four-year course of study.
 
The union has been honoring our founder with these scholarships since 1969. Quill Scholarship awards have benefitted hundreds of TWU families.
 
 
...Read more >> January 13, 2016
1966 Strike a Seminal Moment in TWU History
 
Fifty years ago this month, New York City transit workers, led by TWU founding president Michael Quill, voted unanimously to strike, setting the stage for how TWU is recognized today: a fighting, militant union that stands up for justice for all working people, with the courage to advocate for what is right, even if it isn’t popular.
 
Ten minutes after 1965 became 1966, Quill and his team stormed out of a bargaining session with the Transit Authority and brought the city to a screeching halt. It was a move that put TWU on the map nationwide as a union that will aggressively defend its members.
 
TWU rank and file members—33,000 strong—walked off their jobs, shutting down subways, buses and even private bus lines. Six million commuters had nothing to ride. It is estimated the strike cost the city nearly $100 million a day in lost business.
 
...Read more >> January 05, 2016
On Monday, January 4, the 105 suspended TWU Local 555 members at Southwest Airlines returned to work. The company initially threatened to suspend the employees from 45 to 90 days—without pay—during the holiday season. While we are relieved the employees are back on the job working hard for the traveling public, all grievances on this matter are still active and will be expedited throughout the grievance process. The reduction of the suspensions will not affect those members’ grievances.
 
...Read more >> January 04, 2016