To the Sisters, Brothers, and Siblings of TWU Local 579,
JetBlue seized the opportunity to acquire Spirit Airlines, an ultra low-cost carrier. History,
however, has repeatedly shown that acquisitions have not benefited front-line workers favorably,
resulting in disruptions of home, paycheck, and quality of life. An acquisition, though a business
transaction, must keep in mind those who bring profit to the Company and the stakeholders. We
prioritize holding the Company accountable while consistently fostering a collaborative dynamic
for the betterment of the 7,000 Flight Attendants Members of TWU Local 579.
The purpose of any Union is to ensure that our labor and loyalty are always valued and
acknowledged with job protections and fair wages. Our Local is as equally passionate and
committed to our duty as we are to protecting the interests of our Members, knowing that we,
JetBlue flight attendants, are critical to JetBlue’s successful future. We know that without our
award-winning service, the Company’s intentions are just ideas yet to be implemented.
In solidarity, we used our leverage, including informational picketing, to ensure our priorities
were heard loud and clear. After several months of intense negotiations, we have reached an
agreement, enhancing our current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and providing our
Membership protections as JetBlue continues its business transaction. This historic and
unprecedented agreement outside of Section 6 bargaining represents the power of unity and
leverage of flight attendants and JetBlue's ability to establish new industry standards to protect
flight attendants. With this agreement made by your TWU Local 579 Executive Board and
JetBlue, we support the JetBlue and Spirit transaction and will not hold an additional
informational picket or speak publicly against the acquisition.