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TWU 556 Negotiating Team

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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
Your Negotiating Team (NT) just wrapped up another three days at the bargaining table with Southwest Airlines Management, following our five days at the table last week. As expected, talks this week became tense at times as we delved deeper into issues revolving around economics. Even though both sides remain a good distance apart on […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 31, 2014, 3:48 am
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  • CISM is a Peer Support Group for Flight Attendants

    By: Justin Whittington, a Chicago-based Flight Attendant and member of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team.

    Our hearts are heavy today as we learn more details about the crash of Germanwings flight #9525. As a reminder, Members of the TWU Local 556/SWA Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team are ready and willing to speak with Flight Attendants who may want reassurance or guidance as the details of this event continue to unfold.

    The CISM Team is a group of Flight Attendants who provide peer support to other Flight Attendants when they are exposed to, or have been involved in a traumatic event, which could cause them to experience Post Traumatic Stress.

    The CISM Team is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week and may be contacted directly by any Flight Attendant by calling the CISM HOTLINE at 1-800-408-3220. A Team Member is always on-call and can also be reached by Southwest Airlines Management, your Union, Crew Scheduling, and the NOC. All information discussed between the CISM Team and the affected Flight Attendant(s) is completely confidential.

    It's often during tragedies like this that our aviation community comes together not only support one another, but also to remind ourselves that we are dedicated to the safety and security of our fellow Crew and Passengers onboard each and every flight, every day. You all do an exceptional job keeping one another safe and should take comfort in knowing that your Union and Southwest Airlines Peers and Leaders support you completely. The job that you do every day is one that may appear "effortless" to our Customers, but so many know how much of your hard work, LUV and dedication goes into it. Please take this opportunity to be proud of who you are, of what you do, and in knowing that you are well-trained professionals. Let us move forward together and take care of one another with a renewed sense of dedication, awareness, and compassion for those lost.

    CISM HOTLINE: 1-800-408-3220 |

    TWU Local 556 - Transport Workers Union Local 556
    Your TWU Local 556 Health and Safety Team are committed to ensuring you have the best working environment possible. We feel that to affect change, we must be aware of all the variables in our workforce and our environment. Improvements are sometimes hard to see as the changes come in "baby steps". A…