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TWU 556 Negotiating Team

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Your TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) met with Southwest Airlines Management on March 31. During this bargaining session, we continued talks on Article 8 (Hours of Service) and Article 28 (Scheduling Policy). Discussions around Crew rest, duty day, and pairing construction remain a priority and we will continue to focus on these issues until we […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: April 8, 2015, 1:20 am
Your TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returned to the Negotiating Table with Southwest Airlines Management this week March 18-19. We resumed our discussions regarding Article 8 (Hours of Service) and Article 28 (Scheduling Policy). Throughout these negotiations, we have continued to address quality of life issues related to our pairing construction, duty day, and […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: March 24, 2015, 7:24 pm
Our TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) participated in negotiations with Southwest Airlines Management on February 16-17.  Although we had originally anticipated having further discussions regarding Article 8 (Hours of Service), Article 28 (Scheduling Policy), and the overall compensation package discussed at our last session, that changed due to recent events. Our NT made the Valentine’s Day disaster their immediate […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: February 19, 2015, 3:15 pm
Important Negotiations Update  Watch an important Negotiations Update from TWU Local 556 President and Lead Negotiator, Audrey Stone. Audrey’s Letter to the Membership Click here to read Audrey’s Letter
Author: TWU 556
Posted: February 10, 2015, 7:12 pm
Contract Negotiations resumed this week as TWU Local 556 returned to the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management. Your Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) spent time both in caucus and at the table over the course of our three-day session, January 6-8. We continued our conversation with Management on Article 8 (Hours of Service) and […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: January 10, 2015, 2:21 am
This week, your TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returned to the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management. We asked to spend time in caucus on November 18 to further prepare to resume our discussions. On November 19, your NT, along with our Strategic Adviser, met with Management at Southwest Airlines Headquarters. We continued discussions […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: November 21, 2014, 4:57 pm
  • Contract Action Network (CAN) Leaders and Volunteers are in the Flight Attendant Lounges and airport terminals today, educating Union Members on the status of the ongoing Contract Negotiations between TWU Local 556 and Southwest Airlines Management.

    Drop by for the latest information and thank these amazing Union activists for their service to our Membership!


    Contract Action Network (CAN) Mobilization
    Contract Action Network (CAN) Leaders and Volunteers are in the Flight Attendant Lounges and airport terminals today, educating Union Members on the status of the ongoing Contract Negotiations between TWU Local 556 and Southwest Airlines Management. Drop by for the latest information and thank these amazing Union activists for their service to our Membership!
  • *TWU Local 556 Website Maintenance*

    Starting on Friday, April 24, 2015, and throughout the weekend, TWU Local 556 will be conducting scheduled maintenance on our Websites. During this time, there may be intermittent service to the Website and dues payment will be unavailable. Our stand-alone iOS and Android Apps will remain available and a great source for information. Additionally, Union Representative will be on call to answer your Contractual questions this weekend (0900-1700 CDT), as they are every weekend. Please contact the Union Office at (800) 969-7932.

    If you are in need to support in accessing the site, please contact Erich Schwenk (eschwenk@twu556.org).
  • *TWU International President Harry Lombardo to Testify Before Congress*

    Good afternoon Sisters and Brothers,

    Harry-Lombardo-TWU-president.183.243I wanted to share with you that I will be testifying on behalf of our great union before Congress this Thursday, April 23, on the importance of reauthorizing MAP-21, the federal surface transportation funding legislation. This is the first time a President of TWU has been asked to testify before Congress in recent memory, a task I am not taking lightly. On the heels of our Transit Transportation Legislation Training Conference, I plan on fully taking advantage of this opportunity to highlight the unique history of TWU; how we had the backbone to fight for working people. I will ask Congress where their backbone is when it comes to fighting for the priorities of our members, such as the need for greater and sustainable transit/transportation funding, opposing privatization of transit operations and ensuring the health and safety of transit workers by cutting down on assaults.

    I will be testifying before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Thursday. The hearing begins at 10 am and I will be the fourth of four people to testify. The hearing can be viewed live by going to http://www.banking.senate.gov/public/ and clicking on the “Watch Live Hearing” link in the middle of the page (just note that the “Watch Live Hearing” link will only be available once the Committee hearing begins). I am asking that you share this information with your members and encourage them to listen in. We will also be posting information on TWU’s Facebook and Twitter page, @transportworker, which can and should be shared, reposted and retweeted as much as possible.

    This is an important moment for our union. It’s time to let our elected representatives and the public know we are a force to be reckoned with. When I was given the honor of leading this union, I said I wanted to increase our influence and activity on Capitol Hill. Well I mean what I say. Let’s use this as an opportunity to move forward as one union and create positive change for our members and all working people.

    In solidarity,


    Harry Lombardo
    TWU International President


    [Thursday, April 23] TWU Int'l President Lombardo to Testify Before Congress: WATCH LIVE HEARING!
    www.banking.senate.gov
    United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Today, we are pleased to provide our Android-using Flight Attendants the latest TWU Local 556 App via the Google Play Store. This brand new App for our Android users not only contains the Contract and Contacts sections as in the past, but it also now has a Duty Day Calculator, latest TWU Local 556 News, and the ability to get your Contract questions answered quickly. Download the NEW TWU Local 556 App today!


    TWU556 Connect 4 - Android Apps on Google Play
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    TWU556 Connect: The Official TWU Local 556 app for the Southwest Airlines Flight AttendantsNOTE: This application is solely for the use of TWU Local 556 members with a...
  • The bimonthly edition of Unity Update is available online via the TWU Local 556 Website iOS and Android Apps, or your email. In this issue:

    -President's Message
    -Negotiating Team Update Video
    -Open Call for Committee Chairperson
    -TWU Local 556 Scholarships
    -Calling All Android Users - Your FREE App is Ready!
    -Contract Quickies - Minimum Pay Rules (RIGS) - Article 21.22
    -Quick Clicks and PDF

    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 the Union Website or Apps.


    Unity Update – April 20, 2015
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