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 MEC Government Affairs Committee concluded their annual 3 day training in Washington D.C. this week.
Continued Airbus Airflow Issue, Airbus Cabin Temperature Issue, United MEC Government Affairs Training and Lobby Days in Washington D.C., 25 Smokefree Cabin Years, Don’t Forget to Verify and Update Your E-Lines Email Address
AFA-CWA will also be participating in a day of action on March 4, 2015. To join AFA-CWA in DC on March 4th please RSVP by calling 844-AFA2ACTION (844-232-2228) to get on the distribution list for Day of Action details.
Profit Sharing Payments ,Seniority Merge
Integration Committee Begin Process,Protect Your
Health,No Fast Track
for Trans-Pacific Partnership Day of Action,Joint
Negotiations Continue in Houston Next Week ,Don’t Forget to
Verify and Update Your E-Lines Email Address
In January we focused on phone calls to our elected Representatives, which helped initially make it known that this type of agreement is unacceptable. We now need to take the next step and shift our focus to handwritten letters to our elected Representative to further drive home our displeasure.
ACTION NEEDED: Vote
No Fast Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership Congressional Letters,Taxes Withheld
from Profit Sharing Deposits Made to Tax Deferred 401(k) Accounts Explained,30-Day ANP Deadline,Don’t Forget to
Verify and Update Your E-Lines Email Address
Positive Space Travel Program Due To Northeast Storm for BOS and JFK Domiciles,Day One 2015
Winter United MEC Meeting,Port of Seattle
Scholarship Deadline,Known Crewmember
(KCM) Policy Enhancements,ACTION: No Fast
Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership Call Your Representatives
Please encourage your family, friends and flying partners to make their
calls. We must make it clear to our elected Representatives that we
expect them to oppose Fast Track for the TPP.
ACTION: No Fast
Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership Call Your Representatives,United 2014 Pre
Tax Earning Triggers Contractual Profit Sharing Plan,Profit Sharing
Election Window Closes January 25
W-2 Available,Local Meetings
and Winter Regular MEC Meeting: January 27-29,Joint Negotiations
This Week,E-Lines Newsletter Update
“Fast Track” legislation is expected to come before Congress in
March. AFA-CWA, working with a coalition of more than 100 organizations,
is fighting back and urging Congress to oppose Fast Track. AFA and CWA
have are encouraging members to call Congress starting January 27 and
through the remainder of the week to tell Congress that Fast Track must
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