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Association Of Flight Attendants Endorses Barack Obama For President

Date: July 9, 2008

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) Board of Directors today unanimously endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.  Over 200 flight attendant leaders voted by acclamation to support Senator Obama's bid during AFA-CWA's 35th annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Board's resolution stated that, "In the coming years, many decisions that could reshape the face of aviation will be made while the chorus for unfettered global aviation ownership and service grows louder. Also, it is crucial that policymakers in Washington realize that the U.S. aviation system since deregulation has failed airline employees, communities and consumers.  We are at a turning point and need a President who recognizes this struggle."

AFA-CWA remains committed to supporting political candidates of all parties.  The only criteria is that the candidate support issues important to the flight attendant profession and the improvement of working women's and men's lives. 

"While AFA-CWA strongly supports both Democrats and Republicans for offices that have an impact on the flight attendant profession, the record of the two candidates for President, on issues of importance to our industry and our profession, the choice is clear," added AFA-CWA. "We must choose the future for our profession that continues to value our work as front line responders and safety professionals in a strong and vibrant U.S. aviation system."

For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.  More than 55,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines come together to form AFA-CWA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.

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