Hello TWU Local 578 Family!

Hello TWU Local 578 Family!

Since becoming our Local’s President this past January, I have been asked by many members, “What is a union and why do we need one?” I thought I would use my 2nd President’s Letter to address these questions and the concerns brought to me.
In general, a union is an organization formed by workers who unite and use their collective voices to have influence in their workplace. Through their union, and because of this unification, workers can negotiate from a position of strength with employers over wages, benefits, workplace health and safety, job training (or lack thereof), and other work-related issues.

I know that there has been frustration expressed regarding our first union-led contract. By far, it was not perfect. First contracts for new unions often aren’t. It is very difficult to make substantial improvements until you get a first contract in place. It takes time, and solidarity, to get a contract that most of our members will agree is a great one.

One of the challenges with newly formed unions is that their members look to other contracts in their industry for comparison. First, it is important to remember that FSI is unique in the fact that we do not work for an airline. It would be much easier for us if we were negotiating directly with Atlas Air, but unfortunately, that is not our case. It is also important to note that those contracts at airlines took years, sometimes decades of fighting and multiple agreements that made progress each time to get it to be that good. When you’re looking at other companies’ contracts, comparing, you don’t get to see the wars that were fought in those negotiation meetings to get it where it is today. You don’t get to see the blood, the sweat, the tears that were shed. We can’t fix everything in one contract.

These past few weeks great things have been transpiring for TWU Flight Attendant Locals. Our sisters and brothers at Local 556 representing Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants and Local 577 representing Allegiant Air Flight Attendants both ratified new, industry leading and changing, contracts by overwhelming percentages.

The Local 556 / Southwest Airlines Contract provides immediate raises of over 22%, putting them at industry leading wages that are 19% over the current leader, Delta. In addition, it provides a new Reserve System eliminating 24-hour call-out, additional pay for reschedules and delays, a retro bonus based on how much flight attendants have worked, and paid maternity and paternal leave with continued benefits at a major airline.

The Local 577 / Allegiant Contract offers immediate raises averaging 25%, a signing bonus based on longevity, and paid maternity and paternal leave. Also, they will now receive a duty RIG minimum of .7 hours for every one hour away from base if their RIG is greater than their block hours. And, they will get 200% compensation for delays, reschedules, and extended days, and a walk-off option or 200% pay for a duty period delayed past 18 hours.

While Southwest is a very mature contract, we should all take notice of the great increases for Allegiant. This is only their second contract. So, let’s be encouraged by this news. Negotiations for our second contract are just around the corner. We should be proud that we achieved uniting our Flight Attendants under our first contract and we will continue to move forward to seek the improvements we deserve for contributing to the success of FSI and Atlas Air in our future ones.

In closing, once again, we ask everyone to please keep an open mind and be patient with us as we forge ahead. We ask that if you have not already registered with the union, please do so as soon as possible. We ask that our members to please get involved where your skill sets are most applicable. And finally, again we ask that we all work together to take this job that we love so much to the next level.

I remain excited to see where we go from here. I hope you all are as well!

Sincerely In Solidarity,

Nikki Doby
President, TWU Local 578
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President’s Introduction Letter

Hello TWU Local 578 Family!

I am excited, and humbled, to be addressing you for the first time as our new union President. As many of you are aware, getting our Executive Board in place, which consists of our President, Vice-President, and Financial Secretary/Treasurer, has been met with a few challenges. But, after holding a Special Election this past January, we are happy to now have all three positions filled and ready to go to work for YOU! I, Nikki Doby, will serve as our union’s President. Jacob McCarthy will serve as our union’s Vice-President. And Dionne Alexander-Fry will serve as our union’s Financial Secretary/Treasurer.

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Zoom Town Hall Meeting

Hello TWU Local 578 Member,

It’s here! Tomorrow, TWU Local 578 will be holding a Zoom Town Hall on Thursday, December 14 at 1300 CST. The purpose of the Town Hall is to provide an update for our FSI Flight Attendants and answer any questions about the current state of our Union and the upcoming Special Officer Election for President, Vice-President, and Financial Secretary/Treasurer. Continue reading

Update 12-8-2023

Hello TWU Local 578 Member,

This is a reminder that TWU Local 578 will be holding a Zoom Town Hall on Thursday, December 14 at 1300 CST to provide an update for our FSI Flight Attendants and answer any questions about the current state of our Union and the upcoming Special Officer Election for President, Vice-President, and Financial Secretary/Treasurer.

Call Date:     Thursday, December 14

Call Time:     1300 CST
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10-9-2023 Update

Hello FSI Flight Attendants,

I have received a few inquiries from Members recently, so would like to update Local 578 Members with the status of your Union.

At this time, we have vacancies in all three elected positions – President, Vice President, and Treasurer. We attempted to hold a special election recently, however were not able to complete the election because no nominations were accepted. I have continued introducing New Hires to the Union, responding to all questions, providing Union representation for meetings, and processing grievances until we can fill the vacant positions. Continue reading

Happy Pride Month from TWU Local 578

Pride Month is an annual celebration of the many contributions made by the LGBTQIA+ community to history, society and cultures worldwide. The origin of Pride Month began in Manhattan after the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in June of 1969, and has since spread outside of the United States. The first Pride march was held on June 28, 1970, in New York City on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Today Pride Month honors both the movement for LGBTQIA+ rights as well as celebrating the culture. Continue reading

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  • $26.00 per month. It is important to recognize what makes TWU different from other unions is that under our Constitution, 70% of dues are then turned back over to your local to meet their expenses.  

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