Communication from 1-22-16

Over the past few years, we have been engaged in a hard-fought campaign, initiated by your fellow Inflight Crewmembers, to reach a representation election to determine if the Transport Workers Union (TWU) would be our union. Over the past few months, we have never worked harder to make these dreams reality; however, it has been a true challenge to keep up with the large number of new hires, fresh from anti-union, scare modules in training, added to our workgroup. In addition, authorization cards are only good for one year from the date they are signed. Since these cards expire constantly throughout the year, we find ourselves not only advocating for new, first time signers but locating those with expired cards. It’s a daunting task!

Under the best of circumstances, this effort is challenging. Unfortunately, the number of people actively gathering cards and organizing the campaign is far smaller than what we require. We have a dedicated and effective group of core organizers, but it’s a very small group attempting to organize a large workforce of over 3,700 flight attendants. We need many, many more organizers on our team. While the increase in our workforce size is fantastic for us as JetBlue employees, every new hire class makes it even more challenging for us to reach our goal and have an election.We are restructuring our Organizing Team, and we need your help.

There is also a lot of misinformation about TWU, the card signing process, dues, and an overall fear of the Union amongst our work group. People are afraid to even talk about it! We must overcome this fear and work together towards our goal of an election.
 
With all this in mind, TWU and your in-house organizing committee have decided to suspend our card collection campaign and immediately shift our focus to the restructuring of our Union campaign. We must institute a comprehensive training program for all of our organizers and activists in order to ensure our victory. Just like Management is training our new hires to be anti-Union, our Organizing team must ensure everyone is educated on the facts about being pro-Union and, more importantly, how to help our campaign. A better organized team will allow us to restart a renewed and improved campaign in the future!
 
Everyone who wants a Union MUST make the effort to guarantee our seat at the table. The amazing work performed by our talented, dedicated, and loyal activists could increase exponentially with a larger group of organizers who are better organized and better trained for success. The process can be faster and more efficient than ever before. That larger group has to be our primary goal in the coming months, and we will ask you to join us on our new, organized path to a victory for all JetBlue Inflight Crewmembers.
 
Thank you to everyone who has signed a card (or re-signed multiple cards) over the past few years. We understand if you are frustrated. So are we! But if you are frustrated, then you must get involved! Our fight for an election and a contract is NOT over - it is evolving. The seeds of success have been sown. With your help, the fruits of our labors will lead to a vote and eventually our own voice in our own future. Stay tuned for our next steps!

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Over the past few years, we have been engaged in a hard-fought campaign, initiated by your fellow Inflight Crewmembers, to reach a representation election to determine if the Transport Workers Union (TWU) would be our union. Over the past few months, we have never worked harder to make these dreams reality; however, it has been a true challenge to keep up with the large number of new hires, fresh from anti-union, scare modules in training, added to our workgroup. In addition, authorization cards are only good for one year from the date they are signed. Since these cards expire constantly throughout the year, we find ourselves not only advocating for new, first time signers but locating those with expired cards. It’s a daunting task!

 
Under the best of circumstances, this effort is challenging. Unfortunately, the number of people actively gathering cards and organizing the campaign is far smaller than what we require. We have a dedicated and effective group of core organizers, but it’s a very small group attempting to organize a large workforce of over 3,700 flight attendants. We need many, many more organizers on our team. While the increase in our workforce size is fantastic for us as JetBlue employees, every new hire class makes it even more challenging for us to reach our goal and have an election.
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