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 choices we make in the General Election on November 8th will determine what we can achieve for our profession - and what is at risk. Completing our work on Flight Attendant fatigue, outsourcing, workplace safety and health protections, and other legislative issues important to Flight Attendants depends on all of us.
America is just months away from electing a new President. On November 8th each of us will cast ballots for President and one-third of the United States Senate.
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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) congratulates the Norwegian Air Shuttle Flight Attendants for electing the Norwegian Cabin Crew Association (NCCA) as their union representative today in an election conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB).
AFA Members across the nation have joined the fight to protect aviation jobs by helping to kick off Rock Against the TPP, a massive effort comprised of large-scale educational concert events, protests, teach-ins, and trainings.
On July 6th, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee announced they reached a bipartisan agreement on new legislation which will keep the FAA operating through September 30, 2017.
This morning, in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. Senator Sanders, appearing with Mrs. Clinton at a Vermont High School, congratulated Mrs. Clinton for winning the Democratic nomination.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) is disappointed with the proposed FAA Extension which ignores important safety policies including 10 hours minimum rest and a fatigue risk management plan (FRMP) for Flight Attendants.
After months of intense pressure from a broad labor coalition, including the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) today denied an exemption for a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air UK. AFA urges the DOT to close the door on Norwegian UK permanently by rejecting the foreign air carrier permit outright.
We need to continue to put pressure on President Obama and our elected government officials to protect the U.S. aviation industry and our jobs to deny Norwegian Air International (NAI) application for a foreign carrier permit. NAI is attempting to undermine international labor laws by outsourcing cheap labor from Thailand and other low-wage countries.
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