Among AFA-CWA's most important responsibilities is the advancement of issues important to Flight Attendants and our industry on Capitol Hill. The United Master Executive Council has a Government Affairs Committee Chair and Local Council Committees made up of volunteer activists. These dedicated individuals regularly travel to Washington, D.C., to walk the halls of Congress and lobby on the issues that affect Flight Attendants. Because we're the ones who work on the aircraft everyday, we're the ones who know what issues matter most. Together with the constant support of AFA's professional staff, we are our own best advocates.
The Government Affairs Committee members keep Flight Attendants informed of legislative actions that could affect our working conditions, our job security and our safety, health and security. These volunteers also conduct voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, promote AFA's Political Action Committee, FlightPAC, and actively participate in campaigns for AFA endorsed candidates. AFA encourages its members to be politically active on the local, state and federal levels - and support those members of Congress who consistently support Flight Attendants.
Many Government Affairs Committee members are involved in their local labor communities and serve as delegates to Central Labor Councils or as Executive Board members on the state level of the AFL-CIO. These delegates provide AFA greater access to AFL-CIO organizations and ensure that our issues and concerns get the full support of the local labor movement.
The relationships that the United AFA Government Affairs Committee members have built with many Congressional offices have enabled us to seek Congressional support in many different ways. When United announced their intention to seek changes to retiree medical benefits the United MEC and Government Affairs Committee persuaded over 110 House offices and 20 Senate offices to contact United Airlines about this unjust proposal.
AFA-CWA is known on Capitol Hill as the world's largest Flight Attendant Union and the only one that represents a cross-section of our entire profession. For decades, members of Congress and the federal government have not only respected our knowledge of the industry, but have turned to us in times of crisis.
When legislation that affects Flight Attendants is being proposed, AFA is the first and in most cases, the only Union that is contacted because of our status as the largest representative of Flight Attendants. Our steadfast work on behalf of Flight Attendants and aviation safety has increased our visibility for a well respected presence on Capitol Hill. Our greatest successes have been achieved when the United AFA Government Affairs Committee join the Government Affairs representatives from the other AFA carriers and speak with one voice.
Yesterday, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) praised the introduction of the Flags of Convenience Don’t Fly Here Act (H.R. 2150) by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rick Larsen (D-MA) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to ensure foreign air carrier carriers do not undermine labor rights or standards in aviation.
Yesterday, the Republican Senators invoked the extreme “Nuclear Option”. The Supreme Court is a consequential, lifetime appointment that can span decades and shape the course of our entire nation.
Flight Attendants could lose substantial workplace protections if Judge Gorsuch is confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch has a deeply troubling record on workers’ rights and protections.
Tell your Senator that health and safety protections matter! OSHA enforcement is in jeopardy of being stripped out of our workplace altogether.
We are extremely concerned that the [proposed Trump] budget guts the Essential Air Service (EAS) Program.
Next week, AFA government affairs activists will be in Washington, D.C. to advocate on Capitol Hill for 10 hours minimum rest, a Fatigue Risk Management plan, and enforcement of our Open Skies Agreements.
Update on Crew Meals, United Discontinues Inflight Duty-Free Sales, Awarding Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA), Check-in and Aircraft Boarding Times, Secondhand Smoke Exposure Research Study, OSHA Enforcement in Jeopardy, Rally for Rest Tuesday in Washington D.C., Trump Proposes Budget Cuts to Post 9/11 Security and Small Aviation Markets, Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter @AFAUnitedMEC
AFA Members, ALPA and other Unions, along with United Airlines management, rallied at Newark Airport to protest the launch of Emirates Airlines flight from Athens to Newark.
This Wednesday, March 8, 2017, AFA International President, Sara Nelson is scheduled to testify at the Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation.
On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Emirates Airline will launch its new daily subsidy-enabled flight from Athens to Newark, throwing yet another threat to our jobs and the U.S. aviation industry.
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