Today the Virgin America Inflight Teammates (ITMs), represented by the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), voted down their Tentative Agreement on a first contract. This contract would have taken effect upon close of the proposed merger between Alaska and Virgin America. Below is the communication that TWU sent to its members after the vote results were tabulated.
Voting has closed for the Tentative Agreement between Virgin America and the Inflight Teammates, represented by the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, and the results are as follows:
- Yes: 415
- No: 490
The Transitional Agreement has failed with eighty-eight percent (88%) of our work group casting a vote.
TWU will be contacting Virgin America Leadership to discuss the outcome of the vote. Thank you for your participation in the election, and we will keep you informed regarding future steps in the process.
Your TWU VX Negotiating Committee
At this point, TWU must decide the next steps. Your AFA leaders know that this development raises questions about what happens next, so we will report back as news becomes available.
In the meantime, we stand in unity with our Virgin America sisters and brothers as they fight for improvements to their wages and working conditions.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Satterlee, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green and Brice McGee