Call Your Representative in Support of the PUMP Act!
October 20, 2021
We are close to gaining federal rights for nursing mothers at work!
Thanks to your advocacy and your willingness to speak out about the challenges of returning to work and pumping breast milk for newborns, we worked with other aviation unions to include language in H.R. 3110, the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, to guarantee Flight Attendants and Pilots the right to pump at work, as well as space to express milk.
The Break Time for Nursing Mothers, passed in 2010, requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom space for breastfeeding employees to pump during the work day. While this was an important step, nearly one in four women of childbearing age are not covered by the Break Time law.
The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 1658/H.R. 3110) would strengthen the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law by expanding workplace protections for lactating workers, clarifying employers' obligations under the law, and ensuring breastfeeding mothers have access to appropriate remedies.
The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act was introduced in both Houses of Congress with bipartisan support in May 2021 and advanced in both the House and Senate Committee in June 2021. The bill is supported by over 160 organizations, including AFA, The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Education Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on H.R. 3110 this Friday, and we have built bipartisan support for this bill. But we must raise our voices and make sure there is a strong, bipartisan vote in favor of passage. Right now, the bill includes airline employees, but some airline management is pushing to exclude Flight Attendants and airline workers. There's no reason to exclude us, especially with the realistic language around the realities of the aircraft cabin.
Call your Representative in the House at 1-888-701-7165 and tell them to vote YES on H.R. 3110.