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TWU 556 Negotiating Team

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Our TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) concluded what turned out to be an unprecedented five consecutive days of bargaining with Southwest Airlines Management on October 24. We were originally scheduled to negotiate on October 20-21, but during our discussions on October 20, I asked Management to extend bargaining through October 22. They agreed, and then […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 26, 2014, 5:26 am
Your TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returned to the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management this week during a two-day session, hosted at the Union Office on October 1 & 2. Attorney Jeff Bott, of the law firm Phillips, Richard and Rind, P.A., assisted us at the table. Your NT continued the fight to […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 5, 2014, 11:10 pm
The TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) met with Southwest Airlines Management for three days of intense bargaining on September 10, 11 and 12. I am pleased to report that we have reached Tentative Agreements (TA’s) on four additional Articles: 12 – Exchange of Trips, 13 – Uniforms, 29 – Domiciles, and 33 – Commuter […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: September 15, 2014, 7:04 pm
Thank you for keeping up with your Negotiating Team (NT).   We just finished two productive days at the table. We had good discussions over Articles 11 – Reserve, 12 – Exchange of Trips, 13 – Uniforms, 14 -Vacations, and 28 – Scheduling Policy.  We return to the table quickly on August 27, and will be working […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: August 25, 2014, 3:30 pm
The TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returns to the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management this week, on July 30-31. We expect to have productive negotiations as we continue to work through several complex and interconnected Articles during this two-day bargaining session. We anticipate continued discussions on Articles 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 32. We […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: July 30, 2014, 7:35 pm
What, me worry? (Or How I learned to LUV My Contract!) Bill Holcomb is an Oakland-based Flight Attendant and a Member of the TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team. Many of us have heard of, or seen, the new short-term and long-term disability programs provided for non-contract (non-Unionized) Employees here at Southwest Airlines. Some of you […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: July 28, 2014, 10:16 pm
  • Our TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) concluded what turned out to be an unprecedented five consecutive days of bargaining with Southwest Airlines Management on October 24. We were originally scheduled to negotiate on October 20-21,but during our discussions on October 20, I asked Management to extend bargaining through October 22. They agreed, and then on the 22nd, both parties agreed to negotiate through October 24.

    During these bargaining sessions, we continued talks on Article 16 (Sick Leave/On the Job Injury). I am disappointed that we have yet to reach a Tentative Agreement (TA) on this important Article, and until then, all aspects of our sick time, including accrual rates and sick banks, remain at risk. We received more information that we requested in order for us to consider Management’s proposal on Article 24 (General and Miscellaneous). Both sides are still apart on this Article. However, after our dialogue this week, I believe we are closer to reaching a TA.

    Your NT reached a TA with Management this week on Article 22 (Expenses). The TA includes an increase in both our Domestic and Near International per diem, which ensures that our per diem remains industry-leading. We also agreed to incorporate language from Side Letter 10, regarding Passports and Visas, into the Contract by renaming Article 34(Passports/Visas). We moved the existing Article 34 (Duration & Termination) to a new Article 35.

    We have now had dialogue with Management on all Articles in our Contract, and have TA’s on 23 out of 35 Articles. Some Articles have been open for quite some time, like Article 14(Vacations), Article 28 (Scheduling Policy), and Article 32(Attendance Policy). Others Articles we have only recently begun to discuss, such as Article 5 (Definitions) and our new Article 35 (Duration & Termination).

    Our negotiations continued this week on the Articles in our Contract that relate to compensation, including Article 8 (Hours of Service), Article 9 (Additional Flying), Article 11 (Reserve), and Article 30 (Profit Sharing & Retirement). We have also exchanged proposals with Management on Article 21(Compensation).

    Now that we are discussing compensation with Management, we will quickly see if we will soon reach a comprehensive TA of our entire Contract. Discussions about money are historically the final phase of Contract negotiations, and while we are still a ways apart on many areas, the progress at the table over the last five days brought both sides closer together. I remain cautiously optimistic that your NT will soon bring you an industry-leading TA that rewards your contributions as Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants, and allows our Company to head towards a prosperous, sustainable future full of growth.

    Thank you for keeping up with our ongoing Contract Negotiations, and for your support of your NT during this critical stage of Negotiations. I am proud to represent you at the bargaining table.

    In Solidarity,

    Audrey Stone
    President


  • Tomorrow morning, October 26, Members of the Contract Action Network (CAN) will once again be in the Flight Attendant Lounges and airport terminals, helping to keep TWU Local 556 Members informed about the status of our ongoing Contract Negotiations with Southwest Airlines Management. The CAN will continue their campaign to educate Flight Attendants on some important areas of our current Contract; tomorrow’s topic is the “History of our Contract.”

    Please encourage your CAN Members and thank them for helping to keep all of us informed about the status of our ongoing Contract Negotiations with Southwest Airlines Management.


  • T O G E T H E R, we bargain!

    D I V I D E D, we beg!



  • The bimonthly edition of Unity Update is available online via the TWU Local 556 Website or your email. In this issue:

    - President’s Message
    - Note about FMLA
    - Contract Quickies -Health and Safety
    - “Claim at Gate” for Crew Bags
    - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Read Unity Update on the Web or check your email for the latest edition of Unity Update. A PDF of Unity Update is also available in the email or by visiting Unity Update on the Web.


    Unity Update – October 20, 2014
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