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TWU is joining other members of the NJ Transit Rail Labor Coalition to rally for public transportation support. If you’re in New York or New Jersey, take some time on Saturday to show solidarity with other unions and rail and transit workers in Woodbridge, N.J.! Details here
 
 
...Read more >> March 03, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 29, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834

Victory for TWU Local 557: Flight Crew Training Instructors at Southwest Airlines Ratify Contract

Members of The Transport Workers Union of America Local 557 ratified a new contract with Southwest Airlines yesterday by nearly 70 percent, with an impressive 90.9 percent of the membership turning out to vote. The agreement provides for structural increases each year, with a 5 percent signing bonus to be paid after ratification. The local represents flight crew training instructors at Southwest Airlines.

 

...Read more >> February 29, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR:
February 26, 2016
 
CONTACT:
 Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834

Transport Workers Union Stands with Members Across Airline Industry for Nationwide Day of Action

This Friday, TWU members will join with their brothers and sisters in the airline industry for a nationwide day of action organized by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at airports across the country. Members will come together to protest the issues facing airline workers across all classes and crafts, shedding light on the poverty-level wages, grueling hours, and treacherous conditions they face in what many call “the new fast food industry.”
 
 

...Read more >> February 26, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834
 
NMB Certifies Vote at Allegiant: Flight Attendants Remain TWU United, Invincible
 
Washington, D.C. – TWU Local 577 proudly remains the union representing nearly 800 flight attendants at Allegiant Air, reaffirmed today by a majority of those voting, as certified by the National Mediation Board. Fighting back against a coordinated union-busting campaign and smear tactics waged by employer-supported front groups, Allegiant flight attendants banded together to ensure they remain represented by TWU, the union that’s ready to fight for them at the bargaining table. 
 
 
 
...Read more >> February 25, 2016
 
We continue to receive questions concerning the American Airlines equity lawsuit. The latest update is below:
 
The appeal by plaintiffs in the Demetrius lawsuit is still pending:  the U.S. District Court ordered the dismissal of this case, in which plaintiffs challenge TWU’s Equity Distribution Plan; and plaintiffs have appealed the Court’s order to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case has not yet been scheduled for argument, nor have judges been assigned to the case. 
 
TWU will communicate with you as soon as there is any further development in the appeal. Please be sure to download the TWU App and sign up for notifications to get the latest updates on this and all things TWU-related.
 
...Read more >> February 25, 2016
In a victory for TWU members at Local 721, an appeals court reversed a ruling that allowed Wynn Las Vegas to pool its dealers’ tips and distribute them among other workers at the casino. The unfair tip-pooling policy was the original straw that broke the camel’s back and caused the dealers to unionize and join TWU back in 2008. 
 
Although the court sided with the dealers—who could potentially regain the tips and receive double damages, according to the plaintiff’s attorney—the casino has the right to appeal and is mulling over its next steps. Read the entire story.
 
...Read more >> February 25, 2016

Members of TWU Local 100 were among those honored by the New York Daily News on Tuesday as “Hometown Heroes” at the newspaper’s fourth annual awards ceremony. TWU knows what these men and women do on the job every day, often going above and beyond to keep the city moving and the riding public safe. TWU International Executive Vice President and Local 100 President John Samuelsen was one of the judges on the panel that determined the awards for the MTA employees. “Transit workers really are the unsung heroes of New York City; we’ve proven it time and time again,” said Samuelsen, citing the January blizzard “where we dug out miles of track by hand” to get the system up and running for commuters. Congratulations to all the honorees and to our brothers and sisters across the country who every day, keep America moving! Watch a video from the event. Read the full story

 

...Read more >> February 25, 2016

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2016
Contact: Jamie Horwitz, (202) 549-4921, Patti Adams, (501) 519-2743 or Ori Korin, (202) 719-3834


In a Close Vote, Ground Workers Approve New Contract with Southwest Airlines

New labor agreement includes 20 percent wage increase, first raises in five years
for many ramp workers at highly profitable airline

DALLAS—After a five-year, often difficult contract battle, Transport Workers Union Local 555, the union representing 12,000 ground crew workers employed by Southwest Airlines, announced today that union members narrowly voted to approve a tentative agreement with the airline. TWU members by a close margin, 50.4 percent (4,703) cast “yes” votes, and 49.6 percent voted “no” (4,628), out of 11,073 eligible. Electronic voting began February 4 and concluded earlier today. Ballots were tallied this afternoon in Dallas.

 

...Read more >> February 19, 2016