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.
The United States Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same gender marriage. Coincidentally, it was two years ago today that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to lawfully married same gender couples, was struck down by the United States Supreme Court.
Yesterday, the House of Representatives employed a procedural gimmick to pass Fast Track 218-208. This time there was no Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill accompanying the Fast Track bill.
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& 21 2015 – Pay Incentive Purposes, Summer Heat Wave = Turbulence, iPhone 6 Plus (Link) Pay, Fast Track Voting Results and the Next Steps, Joint
Late yesterday, the Republican House Leadership announced they would vote again today on Fast Track. They plan on employing procedural maneuvers and indirect promises to make sure the bill eventually gets signed into law. They didn’t like the results of last week’s vote so they changed the rules so they can vote again.
United MEC Government Affairs Committee Update
AFA-CWA is conducting a System-Wide Day of Action with Flight Attendants throughout the airline industry and at airports across the country on June 16, 2015.
Today the House voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) that would have been paid for by robbing Medicare.
Your Calls Made a Difference, Bridge the Gap System-Wide Day of Action, New Service Standards & Marginal Service Reports, United MEC Central Schedule Committee Annual Training
The House to Vote on Fast Track Legislation #RingYourRep
Would you ratify a contract with your employer without knowing, other than broad generalizations, what that contract contains? No? Well that is what Congress is being asked to do with U.S. Industry.
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