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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