Monthly Archives: March 2016
Being a Union Member is more than just receiving all the benefits of working under a Collective Bargaining Agreement. We have the opportunity to proudly participate within our own Local, the TWU International organization, politically, stand in solidarity with other Unions, forming partnerships with the community to help other working men and women. These actions make our own Local stronger and build a network of support that can facilitate change to improve living and working conditions for all.
Here are some actions and events that included Local 505 Members:
TWU Workers stand with International Brotherhood of Teamsters
On Friday February 26th, Local 505 Members joined with their brothers and sisters for a nationwide day of action organized by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at airports across the country; including walking at SFO with the United Airlines Teamsters at Terminal 3. Members came together to protest the issues facing airline workers across all classes and crafts, shedding light on the poverty-level wages, grueling hours, and treacherous conditions they face in what many call “the new fast food industry.”
“For far too long, these airline CEOs have been getting rich on the backs of every day working people. TWU is proud to stand with every union member every day,” said TWU International President Harry Lombardo. “We’re all in this together for our members: the people that keep America moving. But when airlines are raking in record profits and our people can’t put food on the table or send their kids to college, then something has to give. It’s time to stand up and fight back, together.”
TWU Members showing solidarity: John Perakis, Joe Pascual, Aaron Bates, Sonny Joson, Robert Herrera, Steve Zinc, Anil Kumar, Skip Horvorka, Jennifer Platt, Mark Ferrua, not shown – Robert Todd (taking photograph)
TWU Working Women’s Committee
TWU sisters and brothers across divisions came to share ideas, strategies, stories and power this January; hosted by TWU Local 513, 556, and 567, the three-day meeting was held in Southlake, Texas. The WWC has taken on a number of important projects ranging from legislative and political action, organizing and training, community outreach, health and family issues. The WWC is an organization of Union women and men who ban together for networking, programs, education and leadership skill enrichment. The TWU International’s WWC comes together several times a year to report out on local progress and move forward on the year’s key platforms and agenda items, many of which complement some of TWU International’s overall goals and priorities. Check out the WWC their Facebook page for more information.
WWC January 26, 2016; Local 505 Member Leona Taylor (pictured back row-center)
Upcoming Actions and Meetings:
TWU California State Conference
TWU State Conferences are the powerhouses where we supercharge our vision, know-how and coordination. Local 505 has long participated with the Conference for many years. These meetings of local leadership provide a forum for locals to pool resources, strategize and grow a dedicated network of activists to confront regional challenges. Since first convened, the State Conferences have won critical battles and developed strong community and political ties across the country. Herbert Brown, TWU Local 505 Section Chairperson SFO, will be attending the California Labor Federation Joint Legistive Conference as a member of the TWU CSC representing TWU Local 505. The Conference will be in Sacramento on March 14 and 15th, some of the agenda items include; Legislative Strategies, Climate Change, The New Labor Movement, Threats and Opportunities on the 2016 ballot, and Strategies for Health Care Reform. Monday will be a day of workshops, guest speakers, overview of Labors concerns and planning. Tuesday will include rallying to the State Capitol to meet with Legislators seeking the support of Labor. Herbert will be able to share information at our next meeting that will educate all Members of current legislative proposals that could impact our future.
The Officers of Local 505 offer our thanks and gratitude to all who take their time to participate in these activities. We realize that not everyone has time outside work to join in, however there are other activities that you can do while on the job. Wear your Union T Shirt and or hat at work, attach a Union pin on your jacket. This shows Management that you are a proud professional Union worker and expect that all provisions of our agreement be respected. Visible Union identification can also be seen by passengers from airplane and terminal windows, this assures them that they are being served by Union Members and can count on safety and dedication to excellence. Other forms of involvement are as simple as keeping informed of all the latest Union developments by visiting our Local 505 website, the TWU International website, TWU phone and tablet app, Twitter, and Instagram. Reaching out to our Brothers and Sisters who are off work due to health concerns, family issues, or retirement by phone or Facebook. Be involved !!
Look forward to seeing you soon at a Membership Meeting !!