Local Action Counts

Local 505 was proud to host the California State Conference at our Union Hall on June 27, 2017. TWU State Conferences are a way for all TWU locals in a region to come together to support a common agenda. Representatives from Local 250A, 502, 555, and 556 were present to share concerns and ideas.

According to recent reports (L.A. Times Jan. 30, 2017) California could play a central role in determining which political party will control the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.  Developing a strategy to ensure candidates are elected that share TWU values and support working families is a primary mission of the TWU California State Conference.

Reports were given by Andrew Rangolan (National Director) and Matt Hettich (CSC Chairperson), the agenda included discussion looking forward to 2018 elections.  The Committee has adopted an election strategy that includes a Candidate Questionnaire so we may pre-vet potential candidates and give support to those who are in line with labor concerns.

We discussed legislative issues including H.R AIRR Act, H.R. 2150 “Flags of Convenience”, H.R. 785 “Right to Work”, and S.J 27 “Workplace Injury/Illness”.  The topic of Kin Care and how it is applied in relation to HWHFA.  American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are applying both laws concurrently when there is an absence from duty.  This is coming to the arbitration arena in July driven by a grievance out of Local 555 in San Diego.  The desired outcome would be a language change that would better define a separation between the two applications.

Every vote counts, so please make sure your voice is heard; get registered to vote and encourage others too.  It may not seem that political on goings effect you – but they do; protect your rights and keep getting out the vote.  We are all in this together, let’s make the TWU voice heard !!