Blog Archive

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

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.

 Download this communication

...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