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Southwest Flight 3472 Engine Cowl Separation

SWA Heart LogoEarlier today, Flight #3472 from New Orleans to Orlando made an emergency landing in Pensacola due to a mechanical issue with the number one engine that appears to have caused a separation of the forward engine cowling from the aircraft and a subsequent decompression event. The flight landed safely without further incident at Pensacola International Airport. There were no reports of injury to the 99 Passengers and five Crew Members onboard.

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Negotiations Update – August 27, 2016

Union Pin Teal BackgroundOur TWU Local 556 Negotiating Team (NT) had a very full week at the bargaining table, meeting with Southwest Airlines Management on August 22, 23, 25, and 26. While we have not yet reached a Tentative Agreement (TA), it was apparent this week that the “tone” of our Contract Negotiations has changed. Our NT made it clear that our Members are working hard to deal with continued operational mishaps and that Southwest Airlines Management must reconsider any overreaching Contractual demands on our Flight Attendants.

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Fast Fact Friday – The Fatigue Policy

Appboy Fast Fact FridayWelcome to the ongoing, weekly feature of the TWU Local 556 Website:  Fast Fact Friday! This week we answer the following questions about the fatigue policy:

  • What is the Fatigue Policy?
  • When should I call in fatigued?
  • How long does my day have to be before I can call in fatigued?
  • What happens when I call in fatigued to Crew Scheduling?
  • Can I go home if I call in fatigued?
  • Will I receive attendance points for a fatigue call?

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Fast Fact Friday – Cabin Security Checks

Appboy Fast Fact FridayWelcome to the ongoing, weekly feature of the TWU Local 556 Website:  Fast Fact Friday! This week we answer questions about cabin security checks.

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Disturbing Trend in Terminations

twu 556 logoOver the past few years we have seen a disturbing trend in terminations for violating the Class 1.17 work rule. In fact, Class 1.17 violations are currently the #1 reason for terminations.

Our Grievance Team ran reports from our Laborsoft System, which catalogs all of our grievance data. Below are the approximate number of terminations as a result of a Class 1.17 violation since the work rule was added to the Flight Attendant Work Rules and Expectations.

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