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The tentative agreement reached with Envoy Air for members at TWU Locals 570, 571, 572, 574, 575, and 576 in August was not ratified. TWU and the company jointly took the agreement to an Interest Arbitration Board to present evidence as to whether the current collective bargaining agreement should be adjusted. Both parties agreed to abide by the Board’s decision, which would govern the rates of pay and other relevant terms for the remaining years of the contract.


...Read more >> March 22, 2017

Sisters and Brothers,

The Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines in Dallas the week of March 6, 2017.

The next negotiating session will be in Washington, D.C. the week of March 27 to include the Executive Committees from the Association Internationals.

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...Read more >> March 10, 2017

As bargaining continues at American Airlines, we’re sending a strong message to the company: TWU is united, from the shop floor to the negotiating table, and we’re ready to fight for the contract we’ve earned. For the last two weeks, members have gathered at stations around the country to show their solidarity, snapping #TodayWeUnite photos and sharing them on websites and social media. Check out the slideshow on our home page, our Flickr feed, and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the photos!


...Read more >> March 03, 2017
John Bland in front of historic marker  
John Bland at the historical plaque in Houston, marking the site of the 1960 sit-in.  

As TWU continues to celebrate Black History Month, we honor the legendary civil rights work of our Administrative Vice President John Bland, who was an active participant during his time as a student at Texas Southern University.

Outside of Texas, water hoses blasted school children in Birmingham. A lone teenage girl was surrounded by an angry mob in Little Rock. Marchers were beaten on a bridge in Selma. These were the images that shocked the nation and the world when they appeared in newspapers and on TV—non-violent protest for the rights of African Americans was often met with violent resistance.

In Houston, the struggles were just as real but because the confrontations didn’t turn violent, they seldom made the national news.

...Read more >> February 27, 2017

Sisters and Brothers,

The Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines in Dallas the week of February 20, 2017.

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...Read more >> February 24, 2017

Breaking News: The MTA board has approved Local 100's new contract.

Members at TWU Local 100 overwhelmingly ratified their new contract with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) yesterday. Voting by a 70–30 percent margin, the members will see inflation-beating wage increases, health care gains, and other significant economic enhancements. This is a concession-free contract, which will now be presented to the MTA Board, where swift approval is expected. 

...Read more >> February 17, 2017

Brothers and Sisters:

The Association Fleet Negotiating Committee met with the company during the week of February 13th in Orlando Florida.

This week the Association received the following counter proposals:

...Read more >> February 17, 2017

President Trump has nominated Ninth Circuit Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. As Members of Congress from both sides meet with Judge Gorsuch in advance of his confirmation hearings, the Washington Post has already said, if confirmed, Gorsuch might be the most conservative justice on the Supreme Court. 

...Read more >> February 15, 2017

Sisters and Brothers,

The Association Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of February 6, 2017 in Dallas.

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...Read more >> February 13, 2017

TWU International addresses concerns raised by members at Local 556 in this memo from Alex Garcia, TWU International Secretary-Treasurer.

...Read more >> February 10, 2017

From its founding in 1934, TWU has fought for the right of minority workers to have access to equal pay for equal work, dignity and respect in the workplace, and to fulfill the nation’s creed that “all men are created equal.” Today, we move beyond that, to recognize the particular struggle of black workers, regardless of gender, creed, religion, or sexual orientation.

Recognizing Black History Month this February, TWU reflects on our past efforts and gears up for the challenges ahead. We are humbled by the courage of the people of color who joined our movement from the beginning, at great risk to themselves and to their families, in an era when discrimination was rampant, and violence against African Americans was common.

Watch the video on TWU and the Civil Rights Movement


...Read more >> February 08, 2017

Sisters and Brothers,

The Association Mechanic & Related/Stores and Fleet Service Negotiating Committees met with American Airlines the week of January 23, 2017.

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...Read more >> January 27, 2017
Marcher holding a sign saying A Woman's Place is in Her union  

In a massive outpouring of support for women’s rights, workers’ rights, and human rights, more than a million people took part in Women’s Marches around the globe on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Their numbers included two dozen members of TWU Local 556’s Working Women’s Committee who joined the 500,000+ strong crowd of people gathered in Washington, D.C., along with TWU members and International staff who marched in the nation’s capital, Houston, and other cities around the country.

While women’s rights were a central theme to the event, the participants also marched in solidarity to support labor rights and human rights, and to demonstrate loud and clear how important it is to have our voices heard and to speak truth to power.

...Read more >> January 24, 2017
Brothers and Sisters:
The Association Fleet Negotiating Committee met with the company during the week of January 16 in Dallas/Fort Worth.
...Read more >> January 20, 2017
Harry Lombardo with John Samuelsen at negotiations  

After two months of tough negotiations, Local 100 announced this afternoon that it has reached an agreement with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on a new collective bargaining agreement for 38,000 Local 100 members. The contract expired at midnight Sunday but the negotiating teams continued to work through the night and all members were on the job today.

TWU International President Harry Lombardo and International Vice President and Transit Division Director Jerome Lafragola came to the negotiations in order to show their support for TWU Executive Vice President and Local 100 President John Samuelsen.

...Read more >> January 16, 2017

See photos from TWU's events honoring Dr. King in Houston by scrolling to the bottom of the home page.

“Now is the time.”

Those were the words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he addressed the sanitation workers on strike in Memphis just weeks before he was assassinated.

Today, we honor Dr. King’s birthday but we do so not as a moment in history, but as a call to action today, to fight for dignity and respect for all workers in this country, just as Dr. King did in Memphis and throughout his too-short life.


...Read more >> January 13, 2017

Association Leadership to Expedite Outstanding Joint Contract Economic Issues

Top level TWU/IAM Association leadership will be joining ongoing joint contract negotiations with American Airlines to expedite outstanding economic issues.

“The time is now for Association members to achieve the fair contract they deserve,” said Association Chair and Vice Chair Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, respectively. “Association Negotiating Committees have been bargaining hard for over a year now and the membership has already enjoyed some of the benefits of their hard work." Read more

January 13 Mechanic and Related Bargaining Update

Sisters and Brothers,

The Association Mechanic & Related/Stores Negotiating Committee met with American Airlines the week of January 9, 2017. [The Fleet Service Committees did not meet this week.] During this week’s session, the Committee exchanged and discussed the following articles:

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...Read more >> January 13, 2017

This week, the Senate will begin confirmation hearings on nominees for various cabinet secretaries in the Trump administration whose departments affect TWU members and working people in general.

See the schedule of Senate confirmation hearings. Many of the hearings will be carried live on the committees' own websites or you can watch them on C-SPAN.

TWU Government Affairs


...Read more >> January 09, 2017

Please see the latest news from TWU Local 555 in an arbitration case with Southwest Airlines. TWU International stands with our brothers and sisters in asking the company to abide by the neutral arbitrator’s decision in the case.

Read the memo from Local 555 President Greg Puriski.


...Read more >> January 06, 2017

The TWU Veterans Committee will hold its next quarterly meeting January 31 (travel day) through February 3 in Phoenix, Arizona.
 Please RSVP as soon as possible to Recording Secretary Charlana Bilodeau and also to add any agenda items. Book your room by Jan. 12.

Read the full notice.


...Read more >> January 03, 2017

The first days of a new year are a time to reflect on the past 12 months and make plans for the next; a time to give thanks for each other, to evaluate what we accomplished together, and to assess where we hope to be when we find ourselves together again at the holidays next year.

Here at TWU, 2016 was a monumental year. We organized a record number of new members into our union, bringing union representation to working people in the airline, transit, and service sectors. We launched the TWU app, offering real-time updates and news alerts to our members on-the-go, and increased our presence on social media and through our monthly e-newsletter, Shop Talk, because you told us you wanted more information from your International union. We successfully bargained and ratified new contracts in all of our divisions, including for some of our largest locals, including Local 556, and Local 234, ending a transit strike in Philadelphia just before Election Day.

Read President Lombardo’s column and more in the Winter 2016 Express.


...Read more >> January 02, 2017