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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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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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Will Phones Be Sequel to ‘Snakes on a Plane’?

New Line Cinema photo

There are some of us who would rather deal with “Snakes on a Plane” than a nearby fellow passenger jabbering away on his cell phone as we’re winging across the country or, heaven forbid, even further.

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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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Professional Dancer Union Member Credits AFA-CWA Member Mom

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When Dana Wilson was a teenager, she was offered a job at a local supermarket where union members were on strike. She asked her mother, Denver-based United Airlines Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) member Stefani Wilson, what the employer meant when he said she would have to cross the picket line.

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IAM Flight Attendant Honored for Combating In-Flight Fire

From left to right: IAM Transportation Vice President Sito Pantoja, District 142 President Tom Higginbotham and Sandra Hinojosa. IAM photo

Machinists (IAM) member and ExpressJet flight attendant Sandra Hinojosa was honored last week for her heroism and quick response to avert a potentially catastrophic event on an August United Airlines flight operated by ExpressJet.

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Airline Unions Respond to Asiana Crash in San Francisco

Photo courtesy Aero Icarus

On Saturday, July 6, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed while landing in San Francisco, leading to two deaths and more than 100 injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into the cause of the tragedy.

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10 Jobs You Probably Didn't Know Were Union Jobs

When most people think about union members, they probably picture blue-collar workers in factories. Maybe teachers, police, firefighters and other government employees come to mind.

But workers in many more fields come together in unions to have a voice on the job to improve their lives and the lives of their families—from rocket scientists at NASA (members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers [IFPTE]) to actors like Alec Baldwin (a member of SAG-AFTRA) and all across the spectrum of work that goes on in the United States.

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Labor and Community Groups Protest New TSA Policy Allowing Knives on Planes

Photo courtesy of AFA-CWA

Organizations representing flight attendants, air marshals and other concerned groups protested a new policy, announced by the Transportation Security Administration, that would allow small knives and other potentially dangerous items to be carried on to commercial flights. Labor and community groups say that allowing these items on planes breaks down one of the integral layers keeping the U.S. aviation system secure.

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) President Veda Shook said:

Flight Attendants will not stand silently by as knives are re-introduced to the aircraft cabin. Flight Attendants serve as the last line of defense in aviation security, and we are responsible for ensuring the safety, health and security of everyone on board.

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Unions React to American-US Airways Merger

The announcement of the proposed merger between American Airlines—now in bankruptcy proceedings—and US Airways has drawn mixed reactions from the AFL-CIO unions, which represent workers at both airlines.

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