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TWU 556 Negotiating Team

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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
The TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) returns to the bargaining table today with Southwest Airlines Management. Our Members expect a fair agreement in the most critical areas of the Contract, affecting our quality of life and compensation. Your NT is fighting for you at the bargaining table based on what you told us is […]
Author: TWU 556
Posted: October 29, 2014, 5:29 pm
  • The bimonthly edition of Unity Update is available online via the TWU Local 556 Website, iOS App, or your email. In this issue:

    -President's Message
    -Dog Ate Your Ballot? CALL VOTENET!
    -National Academy of Arbitrators
    -Contract Education 101- Vacations
    -Sharing International LUV

    Read Unity Update on the Web or check your email for the latest edition of Unity Update.


    Unity Update – March 5, 2015
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  • Important Reminder Regarding Duplicate Ballots

    It has become apparent that we need to clarify the purpose of duplicate ballots. Per the provisions of the election rules and balloting instructions, as well as the established practice of the Union, each Member may only vote once. Duplicate ballots are issued only for the purpose of providing ballots to those who have not received a correct ballot. They will not be issued to Members who have already voted. Members who erroneously obtained a duplicate after having voted will have only the first ballot counted.

    If you have any questions contact the Board of Election by calling 800-969-7932 extension 4324.


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  • Did You Change Bases on March 2, 2015?

    If your Inflight base has changed effective March 2, 2015, it is imperative that you call or email VoteNet Solutions to receive your updated ballot that will include your new domicile.

    Please contact VoteNet Solutions at:

    PHONE: 800-404-5750 or 202-207-0529
    EMAIL: twu556ElectionSupport@votenet.com

    If you have any questions, please email the Board of Election at boardofelection@twu556.org or contact the Board of Election at 800-969-7932, extension 4324.


    Board of Election
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  • TWU Local 556 Contract Action Network (CAN) Leaders and Volunteers were in the Inflight Lounges and airport terminals today, playing a little game called “Pin the Heart of the Machine Across the Border.”

    This fun activity served as an educational tool for our Members, testing our knowledge of the near-international destinations where the fabulous Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants and Members of TWU Local 556 are “Sharing the LUV!”

    Members were also provided information regarding the Contractual language contained in Sideletter 10, regarding near-international flying and education on the status of our ongoing Contract Negotiations with Southwest Airlines Management.

    What a fun and educational day!


    "Pin the Heart of the Machine Across the Border"
    TWU Local 556 Contract Action Network (CAN) Leaders and Volunteers were in the Inflight Lounges and airport terminals today, playing a little game called “Pin the Heart of the Machine Across the Border.” This fun activity served as an educational tool for our Members, testing our knowledge of the near-international destinations where the fabulous Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants and Members of TWU Local 556 are “Sharing the LUV!” Members were also provided information regarding the Contractual language contained in Sideletter 10, regarding near-international flying and education on the status of our ongoing Contract Negotiations with Southwest Airlines Management. What a fun and educational day!
  • TWU Local 556's Statement Regarding Aircraft Groundings

    Updated (2/25/15 - 1230 Central):
    Federal officials have agreed to let Southwest Airlines keep using planes that missed an inspection of a backup rudder system as long as the planes are checked in the next five days. As of this afternoon, more than half of the required inspections have been completed.

    Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants are to be commended for their outstanding patience during this ordeal and for the extra care and concern shown to Southwest Airlines Passengers. TWU Local 556 has verified that all Flight Attendants scheduled to work the cancelled flights have been accommodated and taken care of by Southwest Airlines.

    Audrey Stone
    TWU Local 556 President
    ----------------------------------------------------
    By: Michael Massoni, a Phoenix-based Flight Attendant and the TWU Local 556 Operational Safety Chair.

    Earlier this evening Southwest Airlines released the following statement concerning far reaching aircraft groundings affecting 128 SWA 737-700 series aircraft:

    "Southwest Airlines discovered an overdue maintenance check required to be performed on the standby hydraulic system, which serves as a back-up to the primary hydraulic systems. As a result of this discovery, 128 -700 aircraft were identified as having overflown a required check. Once identified, Southwest immediately and voluntarily removed the affected aircraft from service, initiated maintenance checks, disclosed the matter to the FAA, and developed an action plan to complete all overdue checks. The FAA approved a proposal that would allow Southwest to continue operating the aircraft for a maximum of five days as the checks are completed. Approximately 80 cancellations occurred today as a result of the events and the airline is anticipating a very minimal impact to their operations tomorrow. The Safety of our Customers and Employees remains our highest priority and we are working quickly to resolve the situation."

    While we appreciate Management's transparency in the matter, we acknowledge that this is one of several times in recent history that such regulatory compliance missteps have impacted our operations. We want to ensure to each of you that we will continue to demand the utmost in operational safety, security, and compliance from Southwest Airlines and to that end, the safest working conditions, equipment, and environment for our Members.

    Over the next several weeks we will be investigating the control procedures that failed in this situation and identify root causal factors concerning the same. Additionally – we will be asking for assurances from Southwest Airlines Leadership that failures leading to these aircraft groundings are not systemic in nature and/or corrective actions be taken in order to avoid such reoccurrence.


    TWU Local 556 Statement Regarding Aircraft Groundings
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    Earlier this evening Southwest Airlines released the following statement concerning far reaching aircraft groundings affecting 128 SWA 737-700 series aircraft:
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