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National Events and Social Media Postings

Date: June 12, 2020

The United Master Executive Council reaffirms our Mission Statement from our Constitution and By Laws:

The Association of Flight Attendants – CWA (AFA-CWA) was founded in 1945 as a democratic member driven union. AFA-CWA’s mission is to unite all professional flight attendants in order to achieve fair compensation, job security, seniority protections, and improved quality of life through organizing, bargaining and political action while serving as the leading voice for a safe, healthy and secure aircraft cabin for passengers and crew alike. 

It is a core value of AFA-CWA to promote economic and social justice for all workers through education and action. We are committed to the broadest employment of our members regardless of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

AFA-CWA will continue to preserve and build upon the proud history of our struggles and accomplishments.

As our Mission Statement demonstrates, current national events are not new to either our organization or the labor movement.  Over the years of our rich history, AFA has fought discrimination in all forms and, as a Union, we stand together against all forms of discrimination. Injustice and discrimination, in any form, will not be tolerated either in the work place or elsewhere. 

This is not just a Union perspective. AFA and United share this perspective.

Recently, not only at United but in corporations across America, some employees have taken to social media to express their views on national events. In response, corporations are acting and indicating in the strongest way possible that these views will not be tolerated in the workplace.

Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure you are not caught up in any kind of inappropriate social media posting, consider the following:

Ensure your postings are not inflammatory.  Consider the impact of your words on the work place.  Can they be construed as contributing to a hostile work environment for our colleagues? Are any of your words discriminatory in nature or might they be construed to be?

People should think twice and always keep in mind, your words are not protected on social media, even in a closed group. They are not private and not protected by any form of legal privilege.

Employees of all divisions of our company and, in fact, all corporations, are subject to an intensified scrutiny at this time as management follows through on a commitment to ensure all employees are treated fairly and where discrimination in any form is not tolerated.  

Let there be no mistaking AFA’s determination. While your AFA leadership is prepared, without question or exception, to stand together against all forms of discrimination, we are equally prepared to represent our Members and to defend their rights under the Contract through our contractual grievance process to the very best of our ability. As part of our duty to represent our Members, making you aware of the issues we see developing as a means of avoiding discipline is an equally important part of the process. 

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