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TWU 556 Negotiating Team

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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
Thank you for keeping up with your Negotiating Team (NT). This week our TWU International Vice President Garry Drummond, Strategic Advisor Mark Richard and the Coordinating Council, along with the NT, conducted an intensive training session for the Contract Action Network (CAN) Base Leaders for mobilization and educational support during the bargaining process. This is […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: July 2, 2014, 6:04 pm
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  • On Saturday, August 23, the TWU Texas State Conference went to the Houston Food Bank (HFB) to volunteer as a part of our commitment to making a difference in our community through community service. As a state conference, it is important to stay politically active, and make a difference in working families households. To make a difference also means to give back to our communities.

    The HFB is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes food to hunger relief charities. The food that is distributed usually comes from various sources and wholesalers that have thousands of food to give away that would normally be thrown away. The HFB uses this partnership to further their mission to end hunger in the areas they serve. Their belief is that no one should ever go wanting for food in a country so rich in resources. In the fiscal year 2013-2014, the HFB distributed 59 million nutritious meals, food, and other necessities. By the year 2018, the mission is to distribute 100 million meals and necessities to those in need.

    Thank You, Brother John Bland, Terry Daniels, and Andrew Rangolan for your support and hard work at the HFB. The support received from TWU Local 260, Local 556, and their families and friends is greatly appreciated.

    Thank You TWU International for your support!

    In Unity,
    TWU Texas State Conference Chair
    LaTonia Benoit


    TWU Texas State Conference Community Service Project
    On Saturday, August 23, the TWU Texas State Conference went to the Houston Food Bank (HFB) to volunteer as a part of our commitment to making a difference in our community through community service. As a state conference, it is important to stay politically active, and make a difference in working families households. To make a difference also means to give back to our communities. The HFB is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes food to hunger relief charities. The food that is distributed usually comes from various sources and wholesalers that have thousands of food to give away that would normally be thrown away. The HFB uses this partnership to further their mission to end hunger in the areas they serve. Their belief is that no one should ever go wanting for food in a country so rich in resources. In the fiscal year 2013-2014, the HFB distributed 59 million nutritious meals, food, and other necessities. By the year 2018, the mission is to distribute 100 million meals and necessities to those in need. Thank You, Brother John Bland, Terry Daniels, and Andrew Rangolan for your support and hard work at the HFB. The support received from TWU Local 260, Local 556, and their families and friends is greatly appreciated. Thank You TWU International for your support! In Unity, TWU Texas State Conference Chair LaTonia Benoit
  • This week, TWU Local 556 Grievance Administrator/Leave Specialist Alice Roach Hinckley and Atlanta Domicile Executive Board Member Pamila Forte attended the Annual Workers Compensation Educational Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The event included multi-state breakout sessions with legislative and case law updates, medical provider communication, successful return-to-work for injured Employees and tips for effective and proactive communication between claim professionals and the medical community. TWU Local 556 seeks strategies for medical improvement, and getting Employees back to work quickly and safely.

    The panels during the Conference included judges, lawyers, doctors, claim adjusters, and physical therapists. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal spoke about the challenges of Workers Compensation not only in the State of Georgia, but also throughout the country. Pamila and Alice met with a partner of Clements and Sweet Law firm to discuss jurisdiction issues, and the posted panel of doctors for Employees. We want the Members of Local TWU Local 556 to know we are actively addressing the problems we are having with our work group’s on-the-job injuries.


    TWU Local 556 Attends Workers' Compensation Conference
    This week, TWU Local 556 Grievance Administrator/Leave Specialist Alice Roach Hinckley and Atlanta Domicile Executive Board Member Pamila Forte attended the Annual Workers Compensation Educational Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The event included multi-state breakout sessions with legislative and case law updates, medical provider communication, successful return-to-work for injured Employees and tips for effective and proactive communication between claim professionals and the medical community. TWU Local 556 seeks strategies for medical improvement, and getting Employees back to work quickly and safely. The panels during the Conference included judges, lawyers, doctors, claim adjusters, and physical therapists. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal spoke about the challenges of Workers Compensation not only in the State of Georgia, but also throughout the country. Pamila and Alice met with a partner of Clements and Sweet Law firm to discuss jurisdiction issues, and the posted panel of doctors for Employees. We want the Members of Local TWU Local 556 to know we are actively addressing the problems we are having with our work group’s on-the-job injuries.
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