Support Qantas ground handling workers – demand their reinstatement now!

The TWU has secured an important victory against Qantas that has implications for aviation workers everywhere, and they are asking for our support in ensuring the company acts on it. Please sign this petition and circulate it widely! 2,000 directly hired ground handling workers found their jobs outsourced by Qantas, who said it was a […]


August 12, 2021

Agreements in principle (twu-iam.org)

After more than four years of bargaining, the TWU-IAM Association is proud to announce we have reached Agreements in Principle with American Airlines for five new joint collective bargaining agreements (JCBAs) worth $4.2 billion, covering more than 30,000 Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service, Maintenance Control, MLS/Stores and Maintenance Training Specialist members. The Association negotiating committees […]


February 1, 2020

ITF supports striking Jetstar workers

ITF and its affiliate unions stand in solidarity with workers striking at the Australian low-cost airline Jetstar. Workers organising with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) began industrial action last weekend, demanding fair pay and adequate rest time to ensure the safety of passengers. Jetstar is a subsidiary of […]


December 20, 2019

Jetstar ground services: Protected industrial action (twu.com.au)

TWU members voted with a huge 94% to take protected industrial action. While Jetstar makes $3.9 billion in revenue, workers are forced onto part-time, insecure work leaving some struggling on as low as $429 a week. After several meetings, Jetstar has refused almost all of the basic claims put forward by workers, such as guaranteed […]


December 6, 2019

ITF affiliates promote aviation safety in US Congress

Yesterday [17 July 2019], ITF affiliates in North America travelled to Capitol Hill to testify before the US Congress on the critical issue of aviation safety. John Samuelsen of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), Lori Bassani of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and Mike Perrone of Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) all spoke […]


July 18, 2019

US unions join forces to back IAM Delta campaign

Transport unions across the USA are joining forces to back the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) in its campaign to organise Delta Air Lines. Following endorsements from ITF affiliates in North America, earlier this week the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) became the latest union to publicly support the campaign. President Joseph […]


May 24, 2019

JetBlue in-flight crew members overwhelmingly vote to join TWU (aflcio.org)

In-flight crew members at JetBlue overwhelmingly voted to join the Transport Workers (TWU). With more than 86% of eligible employees participating in the vote, more than two-thirds voted in favor of joining TWU. TWU President John Samuelsen said: This historic victory is yet another example of the tide turning in America as workers continue to […]


April 23, 2018

JetBlue flight attendants have filed for a union election (forbes.com)

The Transport Workers Union filed signatures with the National Mediation Board on Wednesday, seeking a union representation election for JetBlue’s 5,000 flight attendants. “JetBlue flight attendants have come to the realization that the company does not have their best interests in mind,” said John Samuelsen, TWU international president. “They have come to the right place, […]


December 7, 2017