Labor Day Message
August 29, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Labor Day is the celebration of a promise fulfilled. For
generations, the promise of good jobs, fair treatment and wages, and a seat at
the bargaining table has sustained the economic security of America's vital
middle class. Labor Day is not devoted
to one person, race, or nation. Instead, it is dedicated to the American
workers. For far too many people, Labor Day is seen simply as a day of rest.
But for a growing number of U.S. workers, including Flight Attendants, there
are no breaks from the continued battle to earn protections and wages we deserve.
Organized labor in this country is involved in a fierce
battle against opponents with access to vast wealth and influence. Our influence & strength has been in our
numbers and through the act of standing together. However, today, even our “standing together”
is under attack from both political and business interests not only in this
country but those abroad.
This past week we celebrated our 69th year of being a Union
for Flight Attendants by Flight Attendants. The first steps that our Founding Sisters;
Edith Edna Lauterbach, Ada Brown Greenfield, Francis Hall, Sally Thometz and
Sally Watt Keenan forged the way for many of the protections we enjoy today. Through
the years, we have won significant victories over discriminatory equality,
which limited the lives of Flight Attendants. Today, men and women, married or
single, with or without children, call this profession their own. Flight
Attendants have earned respect and admiration through our dedicated service to
the public and our proven record as Safety Professionals.
are Safety Professionals and privileged to be among America's working heroes. Our
Unions in this country put the interests of working families first and
foremost. Our job will never be completely done, but we spend every day, every
hour fighting to make the lives and the work of Americans, including Flight
Attendants, better. By standing together we will accomplish amazing things.
you spend the weekend working with flying partners or barbequing with friends
and family, this weekend remember to take a moment to acknowledge the
meaningful celebration of our holiday - Labor Day.
Have a safe and
enjoyable Labor Day holiday.
Andreas H. Curlee
Jeffrey W. Heisey