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:
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...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