First, we wanted to update you about our status with the National Mediation Board (NMB). As we explained in the email we sent out on January 20th, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) cannot force the NMB to hold an election. Our hands are tied until the NMB verifies our cards and schedules the election. We have reached out to this government agency several times, and they have informed us that the process is moving forward, however, they still have not scheduled a date yet. We are frustrated with the lack of progress, but the threats of government shutdown definitely interfered in our election process. We are quite optimistic that we will have a vote, and as soon as we have confirmation, we will let you know.
In the meantime, we are channeling our frustration by continuing trainings with your Lead Organizing Team, so we are ready to move forward when the election launches. We are laying a solid communication infrastructure that will serve you for the election and continue to work for you when you enter contract negotiations with JetBlue.
We hope most of you had an opportunity to listen in on the union-busting conference call hosted by JetBlue management. Much of what was shared with us were comments straight from the union-busting handbook. Please continue to ask questions of your senior-management, and if something doesn’t sound right, please reach out to your TWU organizers. You can reply to this email with any questions.
One of the most important points the JetBlue leaders kept pushing on the call was “give us one more chance.” And our response to that is “Why?” JetBlue leadership acknowledged their shortcomings on the call, and they acknowledged that they have failed their Inflight Crewmembers on multiple occasions. Unfortunately, these failures have become an ongoing pattern, and it’s time to address them head-on with a unified voice. Continuing to refer to the TWU as a “third party” is, quite frankly, dishonest. This is a grassroots effort spearheaded by JetBlue Inflight Crewmembers, and the TWU Constitution guarantees the autonomy of our local unions.
Once the TWU is certified by the NMB as your bargaining representative, we will support you and guide you in the establishment of your local. Our first order of business will be the democratic election of your representatives to your negotiating team (NT). Once you have selected your NT members, we will assist them in creating surveys to determine what contract items are priorities to you, the JetBlue Inflight Crewmembers.
Please remember there are people in management of JetBlue who have a vested interest in keeping you from uniting and becoming one voice. They will sow seeds of dissention and promote untruths about unions in order to keep you from voting YES for TWU. If you have any questions about anything you have heard, you may reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will answer you as soon as we can.
Your TWU Organizing Team