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.
On Tuesday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) and sent the bill to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.
Sick Leave Accrual Balance Error in April Monthly Statement of Earnings, New Service Standards & Marginal Service Reports, The US House Overwhelmingly Passes the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, iPhone 6 Plus CBT Review, Restricting Trip Trading with Open Flying Allotments below Contractual Levels, Memorial Day Holiday, Joint Negotiations Update
Senate to Move Forward with Vote on Fast Track Legislation #RingYourRep
In a 52-45 vote on Tuesday afternoon, the United States Senate threw a wrench in the Fast Track authority for Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) plan that would have relinquished constitutional responsibility to determine trade policy, review and amend trade pacts, and fix any problems that could seriously harm the U.S. economy.
The Senate may take up Fast Track as early as this week and some Senators who previously stood with us on this issue are now “uncommitted”.
Ring Your Rep Wednesday #NoFastTrack, Dues Increase, Talk About It - Don’t Write It Up - What is Professional Standards About?, Hotel & Transportation Issues?
This Wednesday, April 22, AFA will be asking our Members and their families and friends to call their two U.S. Senators to urge them to VOTE NO on Fast Track.
Reserve Preference System Error, Automatic Opting Reminder and Ready Reserve
Preferencing, Ring Your Rep Wednesday #NoFastTrack, Seniority Merge Integration Committee Webpage, United to Hold Live Webcast of First-Quarter
2015 Financial Results, FAOM revision #14 - Effective May 1st, Reciprocal Cabin Seat Listing Procedures Change
For Virgin America, Joint Negotiations Continue in Houston
Sick Leave Balance Information,Call to Action on Fatigue,Spring MEC Meeting Agenda and 43rd Annual AFA-CWA BOD Meeting
and Advance Agenda Items (April 25 - 30 2015),Joint Negotiations Resume in Houston
Federal Regulations permit that Flight Attendant minimum rest can be reduced down to eight (8) hours. For pre-merger United Flight Attendants, our Contract provides that our block-to-block cannot be reduced below 9:45 without our concurrence.
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