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.
This Wednesday, December 7, Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison and Danny Glover are coming to speak at a rally in Washington, D.C. held by Good Jobs Nation. We need to raise awareness on the dangers of NAI every way we can and this is the perfect opportunity.
With no warning on Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) wrongly approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI). This decision sets aside the labor protections that were central to the U.S.- EU Open Skies Agreement.
With no advance warning, the DOT has ordered approval of the flag-of-convenience Norwegian Air International (NAI) application. By this action, the DOT has failed to acknowledge the labor protections of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreements and sets a precedent that risks hundreds of thousands of U.S. aviation jobs.
Election Day is here! If you have not already voted, we urge you to do so now! If you're in line before the polls close, you should be able to vote.
Election Day is next Tuesday, November 8th. There’s a lot at stake this year. If you have not already voted, we urge you to do so. With all the various national and international issues coming into play, we need to remind ourselves that when we cast a vote for a President, we are voting for more than that individual.
There are only 7 days left until Election Day. We know that many of you will be working away from home and your polling location on Election Day, next Tuesday, November 8.
Make sure you’re ready to Vote in the U.S. Presidential and General Election on November 8, 2016. Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Look for the Voter Information and Registration table at your domicile.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) Board of Directors endorses the election of Secretary Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States.
Are you registered to vote? Are you sure?
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.
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