2021 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Last week, the world watched a mob of domestic terrorists storm the U.S. Capitol, attacking our country and democracy. We must name the role white supremacy played: their special treatment as they roamed inside the Capitol, and the racist conspiracies and language that led them to Washington, D.C., that day.


This cannot happen again. To build a strong labor movement that protects all working people right now and in the future, we must unite against systemic racism and economic injustice.


And the first step is to listen.


Every year, we bring together leaders to honor their work and learn how labor, racial justice and economic justice intersect. We will do the same this year at the 2021 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference.


The event will be held virtually on Jan. 15–16. Over the course of two days, we will hear from a diverse set of speakers representing the civil rights and labor movements. Some featured speakers include:

  • Derrick Johnson, President, NAACP National
  • Stacey Abrams, Founder, Fair Fight
  • AFL-CIO Officers, President Richard Trumka (UMWA), Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre (UFCW)
  • April Sims, Secretary-Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council
  • Waikinya Clanton, Senior Adviser, Democratic National Committee
  • Everett Kelley, National President, AFGE

We also will be honoring several activists and leaders with our annual MLK awards, with lifetime achievement recognition to AFT Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Dr. Lorretta Johnson.


There’s no registration fee this year, but you must register to attend.


NYC DOL Bi Weekly Update – Recall Information

Brothers & Sisters,

While this NYC Bi Weekly fight is ongoing, I would like to inform our members that we are still actively engaged in the process.

On January 19th, 2021 there is a scheduled conference between American, Association Representatives and the NYC DOL.

As this matter unfolds, TWU Local 501 will update our members.

Thank you for your continued support.

Victor J. Gonzalez
President, TWU Local 501
Airline Division
International Executive Board

On the topic of Recalls, the International has informed me today that ALL Association members affected in the recent RIF, should be provided recall notices!

GSE Crew Chief Brother Hook Bridgelall

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our colleague and GSE Crew Chief Brother Hook Bridgelall.

Please keep the Bridgelall Family in your thought and prayers during this difficult time.



  1. UNION-SPONSORED LTD & WHOLE LIFE–THIS IS A BRAND NEW 2021 DIRECT DEPOSIT ACCOUNT TO BE CREATED IN JETNET*:All direct deposit information for JetNet for LTD and Whole Lifewill be available on this website starting January 2nd. You will also receive an email with this information. Instructions for updating JetNet in a brand new Direct Deposit window may also be found on the www.twuaaunionbenefits.com landing page.
  2. STD, TERM LIFE & ALL OTHER UNION-SPONSORED BENEFITS–PLEASE. USE YOUR EXISTING DIRECT DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS, OR ESTABLISH A NEW ONE IF YOU HAVE NEVER CREATED ONE*: All direct deposit information for JetNet for all other TWU voluntary benefitswill be available on this website starting January 3rd. Instructions for updating JetNet in a brand new Direct Deposit window may also be found on the www.twuaaunionbenefits.comlanding page.

*PLEASE NOTE: The above will be two separate accounts (one for LTD/Whole Life and one for STD & all other TWU voluntary benefits). All JetNet entries need to be completed between January 2nd & January 9th, with the exception of LOCAL 567 & LOCAL 514, who will need to complete their entries between January 4th and January 9th.