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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 15, 2016
 
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 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