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Happy Labor Day from TWU! This holiday represents an important opportunity to reflect on the labor movement's rich history. Whether you spend the weekend grilling with your family or on the job keeping America moving, take a moment to remember what unions have fought for: workplace safety, retirement security, a living wage, and more.

Read more>> September 02, 2016

For nearly four years, TWU Local 525 in Florida has been fighting for proper vacation and severance pay for nine members who lost their jobs when their company’s contract with the U.S. Air Force ended. Like Local 526 and Local 527, Local 525 represents civilian employees under contract at military bases.

In May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed down a decision mandating that the government contractor, Hallmark-Phoenix 3 LLC, pay all severance, vacation, and lead payments owed to employees who were laid off after a successful in-sourcing effort by the Air Force at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

 

Read more>> August 17, 2016

Negotiations at American Airlines have dragged on long enough. We want to hold the company accountable to the promises they make at the bargaining table — but we need your help. 

Read more>> July 22, 2016

It was a nostalgic and joyful evening for Local 208 on July 16 as it celebrated 75 years of working on behalf of transit workers in Columbus, Ohio.
 
Local 208 President Andrew Jordan and his executive board were hosts for the evening that brought together representatives of the International union as well as other Ohio-based locals, and even Local 1460 from New York.
 
International President Harry Lombardo, Executive Vice President John Samuelsen, Administrative Vice President Gary Maslanka, and Vice President and Transit Division Director Jerome Lafragola were joined by other members of the International staff in congratulating the local.

 

Read more>> July 21, 2016
July 4, 2016
 
In a year more noted for its sharp political divides, it is important that we come together as a union to celebrate what ties us together at TWU and what binds us as a nation.
 
This weekend while we celebrate our country’s birth, TWU International President Harry Lombardo has a special message for our members, many of whom are on the job this holiday. “As we celebrate our independence, let us please remember that independence and rights as citizens under our Constitution require us to be civically responsible. We have to exercise our rights in order to preserve them and that fight goes on every single day,” says Lombardo in a video message.
 
 
Read more>> July 01, 2016

An arbitrator’s ruling in early June found that Local 291 successfully demonstrated that Miami-Dade County violated its contract with TWU by outsourcing work without offering the maintenance jobs to the union’s bargaining unit.

The initial grievance was written two years ago when the county outsourced the work of an automated people mover system between Miami International Airport and a new transit center.

 

 

 

Read more>> June 29, 2016
Transit Presidents work together at the conference  

In keeping with TWU International’s pledge to offer more education and resources for locals, the Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Division held a two-day training conference last week for nearly 75 of its local presidents and officers, who were joined by colleagues from the air and railroad divisions. The meeting was called to order and chaired by International Vice President, Administrative Assistant to the International President and Division Director Jerome Lafragola, who sees the yearly conference as a way “to continue to build strength and unity within the Transit Division. It is helpful to bring the leaders together in person to share ideas and exchange tips and strategies to maintain a united workplace.”

 

Read more>> June 17, 2016

Brothers and Sisters:

The International Administrative Committee is proud to announce TWU’s endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for President. As Election 2016 nears, we hope each and every one of you will consider this endorsement and the great privilege that comes with voting.

We hear from many of our members that you don’t like to be told for whom to cast your ballot. That’s fair. But there is simply too much at stake in this particular election for us to sit quietly on the sidelines any longer. The differences between the two remaining candidates are staggering, and we must spend the next five months doing everything we can to ensure that our movement will survive this election.

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Read more>> June 14, 2016

 

 

 

 

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