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17 Jan COPE | Comments

Join Us to #DenyNAI

TWU Local 556, the Union of Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants, will be standing with our Brothers and Sister at the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) to #DenyNAI and repeal the Obama Administration's approval of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier permit. Please join us in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, January 24, to appeal to The White House and stand should-to-shoulder with other aviation professionals in this important fight. We'll be meeting with SWAPA at a local hotel before heading to The White House for the rally. The rally is scheduled for: January 24, 2017 - 1230-1430 Eastern. SWAPA will have a bus from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) to the host hotel.

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Emergency Crew Card

Most of us have had the good fortune of having not experienced a significant aircraft incident or accident in our careers. It is not only our goal but also our responsibility as Leaders to prepare our Crew Members for the unexpected events, which may and do occur in our industry. For example, during Initial and Recurrent Training, Flight Attendants conduct evacuation drills so everyone knows what to expect from each other in those circumstances as well as to hone in on critical incident skills.

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


In 1961 Transport Workers Union invited Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at the 11th Constitutional Convention.  The Transport Workers Union was in it's third decade.  Our growing Union has deep roots in Civil Rights dating back to 1937 when President Michael J. Quill fought for better pay and positions for minorities against the opposition of the companies and often their employees.

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Contract Ratification Bonus 401(k) Deferral and Applicable Company Match

According to Southwest Airlines, the recent Contract Ratification Bonus check was run as an "off-cycle" check. As with all off-cycle checks, the 401(k) deferral and applicable Company Match is transmitted to Empower Retirement on the next scheduled payroll. Funds withheld from the Contract Ratification Bonus check will transmit to Empower Retirement on the January 20, 2017 payroll file.

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A Message from the TWU Local 556 Executive Board

The TWU Local 556 Executive Board, upon discussion with and the advice of legal counsel, voted unanimously today that a recall petition submitted to the Executive Board is improper and legally inoperative and should not be allowed to process further, including any effort to verify the signatures contained in the proffered petition. The Executive Board’s decision may be appealed to the TWU International Committee on Appeals.

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