Contract FAQs

Who is negotiating our first collective bargaining agreement?

The Negotiating Team, with members who will be nominated and elected by the JetBlue IFCs, will be assisted by experienced TWU negotiators who will meet with the company to negotiate our first contract.

Do IFC’s vote on the contract?

Yes. Under TWU’s democratic process, IFC’s will always have the final say. All contracts must be ratified by the members.

Where do the dues go?

A total of 70 percent of the dues goes to our local union for the purpose of representation at all levels, and to pay the expenses of administering the local such as legal fees, arbitration, research, office clerical expenses, phones, lost time, etc.

The remainder goes to TWU International to support the International in activities such as trainings, collective bargaining and lobbying and to support the local with legal assistance, legislative activities, economic research and more that affects both the union as a whole and each industry individually.

Who will cover the cost of the initial negotiations?

The full cost of negotiating the initial contract, including the Negotiating Team’s lost time, expenses, research, and legal fees will be paid by TWU International. This is one reason so many IFC’s voted for TWU!

When do we begin paying dues?

Dues payment does not begin until a contract is negotiated and ratified by the members. Dues are not retroactive.

How are members informed about how dues are spent?

Your local Secretary-Treasurer must report monthly on local finances to your executive board and to the International Secretary-Treasurer, and the local union is audited once a year.

The International Secretary-Treasurer reports on the International’s finances to the International Executive Council.

TWU is audited yearly and the International Secretary-Treasurer must make a full report on the union’s finances to the International Convention.

Financial reports are also filed with the Department of Labor, as required by law.

How is TWU structured?

TWU is made up of autonomous local unions, each of which accounts to their members and is supported by the TWU International through three divisions: Air Division; Rail Division; and Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Division (TUUS).