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TWU 556 Negotiating Team

Straight From The Source!

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) met with the Southwest Airlines Management on July 8 and 9. Management presented their proposals concerning Article 8-Hours of Service, Article 9-Additional Flying, Article 11-Reserve, and Article 28-Scheduling Policy, followed by productive discussions between the parties. We presented our proposals on Articles 8, 9, and 11 the following […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: July 11, 2014, 4:27 pm
TWU Local 556 Contract Action Network (CAN) Leaders will be in all Flight Attendant Lounges today, July 10. Stop by to hear the latest updates from the Negotiating Team. (And they have some information about your pay that might surprise you)
Author: TWU 556
Posted: July 10, 2014, 8:47 am
  • The September LIVE Webcast is coming up quick. Join us Monday evening at 1800 Central. The Webcast can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, and of course computers. Submit your questions in advance by visiting the link below. See you LIVE tomorrow evening!

    Submit Your Questions for the September 2014 LIVE Webcast
  • Election Day is November 4, 2014. I know it is still some time away but it’s not too early to start thinking about it. Do you plan to be flying a VJA trip that day?

    The lives of Flight Attendants can make it difficult for us to vote in local and/or national elections. We are often away and flying on Election Day or too busy on our days off to take the time to visit our polling place. However, with a little preparation, we can make sure that our voice is heard on Election Day, even if we are at 35,000 feet. You may register to vote or request an absentee ballot here:

    Some people say that our vote doesn't really matter. It's not like the upcoming mid-term elections are going to hang on my one vote (or yours for that matter). So what's the point of voting?

    Well, the obvious answer is that voting is both my right and my responsibility as a citizen. Our democracy is founded upon the principle of free and fair elections in which every eligible citizen casts a vote.

    But perhaps more importantly, no matter how legitimate the reasons or how justified I may feel for not engaging in the electoral process, when I tell myself that my vote doesn't matter, the unconscious message being conveyed is that "I don't matter."

    EVERYONE matters and everyone has a voice. That, ultimately, is the premise upon which this country was founded. Thousands of people have given their lives so that you and I could have that right. I matter. I have my one vote, and if I don't exercise it I give up my right to have a say in what matters.

    You have a choice about whether or not to exercise your right to vote. Either way, it matters. YOU matter! Please vote!

  • TWU Members nationwide perform some of the most important jobs in this country. The proud Members of TWU Local 527 provide vital support services to Fort Gordon Army Base in Augusta, GA. TWU Local 527 Members are travel clerks, supply specialists, electronic technicians, grounds keepers and crafts people at both Fort Gordon and the U.S. Army Quartermaster School in Fort Lee Virginia.

    TWU Local 527: Union At Work

    TWU members nationwide perform some of the most important jobs in this country. The proud members of TWU Local 527 provide vital support services to Fort Gor...
  • More than two decades ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned passengers from using their cellphones during commercial flights. In January 2014, the FCC proposed to overturn the longstanding ban and allow passengers to use their cellphones to make voice calls and use broadband communication while aboard commercial aircraft flying above 10,000 feet.

    In response to the FCC’s proposal, the Department of Transportation sought comments on how in-flight voice calls could impact passengers’ flying experience. No agency has considered the safety or security concerns of allowing passengers to use their phones while in-flight.

    We have all seen recent reports of passenger altercations triggered by disagreements over reclining seat backs. Allowing passengers to use their phones to make calls during flights would create another annoyance, causing more risk for disagreements and possibly physical violence. Voice calls would impede the ability of Flight Attendants and Pilots to properly communicate routine and emergency safety instructions. We also believe the use of wireless communication devices could endanger flights by allowing better communications for coordinated attacks by those wishing our country harm.

    Transport Workers Union, in a coalition with other Flight Attendants, Pilots, the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Division, business travelers, security experts, and law enforcement representatives, believes the recent FCC action to reconsider the ban is too narrowly focused on the passenger experience, ignoring wider consideration of aviation security. These issues must be addressed collaboratively by the federal agencies with jurisdiction (Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Justice (DOJ).

    We need your help to continue the ban on cellular conversations in-flight. Please call your U.S. Representative today and ask them to sign on to the letter to the FCC, DOT, DHS, and DOJ sponsored by Congressmen McKinley (R-WV) and Lipinski (D-IL). The letter urges these agencies to continue the ban on in-flight voice communications and to work together to consider the safety and security concerns of expanded wireless communication capabilities before they are allowed on commercial flights.

    Dial (202) 224-3121 and ask the Capitol switchboard operator to connect you with your Representative.

    When you call simply say:

    “My name is and I’m a constituent and a Flight Attendant. I am calling in opposition to new rules that would permit cellular phone calls on planes. Has Representative [NAME] signed the letter being circulated by Congressmen McKinley and Lipinski which calls on the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to work together to ensure new any new rules don’t jeopardize aviation and security?”

    If the answer is YES: “Please thank Representative [NAME] for keeping me safe. I would also like my representative to co-sign the Keep Knives out of our Skies Act H.R. 4368 – a bi-partisan legislation introduced by Congressmen Markey and Grimm.”

    If the answer is NO: I am requesting that Representative [NAME] sign-on to a letter being circulated by Congressmen McKinley and Lipinski.”

    Your phone call will be answered by a member of the Representative’s staff who will note your request. They may ask for the name of your hometown, your zip code or your mailing address to verify you are a constituent.

    Take action now. Call Congress and tell them to speak out against phones on planes!

    In Solidarity,

    TWU Local 556 Committee on Political Education (COPE)

  • "Cross your arms and jump!"

    New Flight Attendants at Southwest Airlines spend five weeks training for emergencies that could happen during flights at the Dallas-based carrier’s new training facility, which opened in December.

    Last week, Star-Telegram reporter Andrea Ahles and other members of the news media had the chance to experience what Flight Attendants need to do to safely evacuate an aircraft. Check out her video.

    "Cross your arms and jump!"

    Southwest Airlines' new training center helps flight attendants prepare for emergency landings and evacuations. (September 15, 2014). Video by Andrea Ahles.