I want to start this message with an apology for what you endured during the Southwest Airlines meltdown. Some of you experienced long duty days, followed by reduced Crew rest or no rest, hours spent on hold with Inflight Scheduling, nonexistent hotel assignments and canceled flights, all while trying to help Customers through their struggles. I know you are angry; I am angry, too. I also want to say I’m sorry to those of you who feel like your Union didn’t provide as much communication or assistance as you felt you needed, including from me.
On Monday, August 8, TWU Local 556 will conduct informational picketing, pending permits, in all ten domiciles. We invite you to attend and stand shoulder to shoulder with your Sisters and Brothers, have your voice heard, and fight for the Contract you deserve. The time has come to show Southwest Airlines Management the strength of our solidarity and the Unity of TWU Local 556 - The Union of Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants.
TWU Local 556 is working diligently to ensure Flight Attendants impacted by the operational shutdown are receiving the assistance needed. First and foremost, thank you for your professionalism and dedication during this extremely difficult time. We are here for you all and understand the severe impact on the workforce.
I offer my sincere thanks to those of you who have displayed such professionalism and patience during this crisis at Southwest Airlines. I recognize that it doesn’t take away the suffering that those of you on the front lines have faced, but I appreciate you and am so sorry for what you have experienced. I am also sorry for what our Customers have experienced and know that you have gone above and beyond to take care of them as not only the face but the heart of Southwest Airlines.
Southwest Airlines Management has informed TWU Local 556 Leadership the release of Open Time will again be postponed. The new release of Open Time for the August bid period will be on Monday, July 25, at 2200 local time.
Yesterday, TWU Local 556 filed a Group Grievance on behalf of the Membership for the blatant contractual violation of not releasing Open Time on the 20th of this month. The TWU Local 556 Grievance Team will continue to research all issues brought forward on this topic, and others, for inclusion in grievances.