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Transport Worker Veterans Seek to Unify Across the Country

In 2014, the Transport Workers (TWU) union has increased its focus on veterans, particularly through the Veterans Committee's three-day conference, which seeks to unify and empower veterans and support the creation of veterans committees at locals across the country. In the past, the Veterans Committee focused more on service projects and fundraising, but it is shifting toward a more legislative agenda with a concentration on issues that affect veterans.

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Virgin America Flight Attendants Vote to Join TWU

TWU's Virgin America organizing team stands in front of the projected election results at the headquarters of the National Mediation Board in Washington, D.C. TWU photo.

Presenting TWU's newest members...Virgin America Inflight Team Members (ITMs)!

On Wednesday, in a decisive 430 to 307 vote, the 900 flight attendants at Virgin America chose Transport Workers Union (TWU) membership and a brighter future for themselves and their families. In doing so, they made history at the airline. Until today, Virgin held the distinction of being the largest U.S. air carrier to have an entire workforce completely without union protections on the job. Said TWU President Harry Lombardo:

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What’s Up with the New Southwest?

The 9,000 ground workers at Southwest Airlines—members of Transport Workers (TWULocal 555—have been working without a contract for three years. They report negotiations have made little progress on reaching an agreement. In this new video from TWU—"Profits Before People: The New Southwest Airlines"—workers talk about the change in culture at Southwest, the company’s take-back demands and what they hope to see in the new contract.

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Stories from the Women Workers Who Make Our Country Great

Stories from the Women Workers Who Make Our Country Great

Women are coming together and improving their workplaces by fighting for policies that include everything from raising the tipped and minimum wage, making equal pay for equal work a reality, demanding more consistent and adequate hours in retail scheduling to making sure everyone has access to affordable child care and can receive basic workplace accommodations during pregnancy. These women workers know collective bargaining and collective action are important for achieving workplace policies that work for women and families. 

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Watch TWU, ATU Members Rally for Jobs and Transit Funding

The Highway Trust Fund that helps states pay for transportation and transit construction and upkeep is running out of money and layoffs could begin in July. Late last month, more than 1,000 Transport Workers (TWU) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) members and their allies rallied on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and reauthorize the Surface Transportation Act. Here’s the TWU video of the action.


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Union Members Brighten Up the Easter Holiday for Boulder City, Nev., Children Displaced from Their Families

Members of the Transport Workers (TWU) pitched in this Easter to give children who are wards of the Boulder City, Nev., county an Easter egg hunt to remember.

Check out the video in the post from TWU. 

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No Fancy Commercials, but Super Bowl is Brought to You by Union Members

Photo via NFLPA

Sunday was the first outdoor, cold weather site Super Bowl in the game’s 48-year history. The frigid weather in the weeks leading up to the game didn't  stop the thousands of union members who brought you the game. On the scene at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands or behind the scenes at many facilities in the Metro New York-New Jersey area, union members made the nation’s national party day possible.   

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TWU Vets Bring Holiday Cheer to Wounded Warriors

Some 2,000 wounded soldiers, their spouses and children got a holiday boost this month when the Transport Workers Air Transport Division (TWU-ATD) Veterans Committee co-led the distribution of hundreds upon hundreds of holiday gifts and necessities at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

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ICYMI: Veterans Day Roundup

Jimmy Gilbert. Photo courtesy Michael C Campbell, via AFT

Yesterday, America's unions and working families thanked the men and women who served our country on Veterans Day. 

In case you missed it, here's a Huffington Post column from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and J. David Cox, chair of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council and president of AFGE: Is This How to Salute a Veteran?

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Without a Contract, Some Storm Damage Remains for TWU Local 100

A little more than a year ago, Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast and in New York City the powerful storm flooded subway tunnels, ripped up tracks, knocked down train signals and shut down the city’s transit system.

But within hours, members of Transport Workers (TWU) Local 100—then eight months without contract—were on the job around the clock bringing the system back to life, pumping tunnels and getting the city's trains and buses back in service. But while the transit system is back in business—with a $1.9 billion cash windfall—Local 100 members are still without a contract.

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