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AFA Debrief : May 3, 2024

Date: May 3, 2024

AFA Debrief May 3, 2024

  • Solidarity Summer: Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month
  • AFA Honors Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
  • ALS Month: Support Wings Over Wall Street 2024!
  • AFA Welcomes Class 2406!

 

Solidarity Summer: Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action

CODE RED: Summer travel is coming and corporate greed is in full swing. 

We’re kicking off this red hot Solidarity Summer with a Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action to demand our contracts. Airline executives have had no problem dolling out massive raises for themselves. We’re coming for our share of the profits we create.

Our solidarity transcends airlines. Together, in the height of summer travel season, we’ll show management and the flying public that we’re united in the fight to raise the standards for our careers. No matter what uniform we wear, we’ve earned the long-term security, benefits, flexibility, dignity, and respect that comes with a strong contract. It’s time for airline management to pay up and get this done.

Join us on Thursday, June 13, at more than 30 airports for a Worldwide Day of Action. It's our turn.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

What is mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Can your mental health change over time?

Yes, it’s important to remember that a person’s mental health can change over time, depending on many factors.  When the demands placed on us exceed our resources and coping abilities, our mental health could be impacted.

How common are mental illnesses?

Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. More than 1 in 5 US adults live with a mental illness. About 1 in 25 U.S. adults lives with a serious mental illness, such as major depression.

What causes mental illness?

There is no single cause for mental illness. A number of factors can contribute to the risk of mental illness, such as

  • Adverse Childhood experiences such as trauma or a history of abuse
  • Experiences related to other ongoing (chronic) medical conditions, such as cancer or diabetes
  • Biological factors or chemical imbalances in the brain
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Having feelings of loneliness or isolation

How can you protect and support your own mental well-being?

Evaluate your mental well-being on a routine basis just like you are advised to do for your physical health. Your AFA EAP can help you connect with a professional to assist you with that process or to address any concerns you may have about your or a loved one’s mental health. Your local AFA EAP committee members can be found at https://www.afacwa.org/your_local_eap_rep, or you can call 1-800-424-2406.

AFA Honors Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

May is a special month for us as we honor and appreciate the contributions, vibrant culture, and inspiring history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This year, the theme for AAPI Heritage Month 2024 is “Advancing Leaders Through Innovation.”

AFA has officially recognized May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This significant milestone was achieved thanks to the dedicated efforts of our AFA members, who also proposed the idea of a commemorative pin for all members to proudly wear throughout the month.

Local Councils will play a crucial role in this celebration. They will receive the AAPI pins and distribute them among our members, fostering a sense of unity and shared pride.

As we celebrate diversity, heritage, and pride, we invite you to join us in wearing the AAPI pin and sharing a brief description of what AAPI Heritage Month means to you. Submissions can be sent to photos@unitedafa.org. Your experiences and thoughts are valuable to us and contribute to our sense of community and unity

 

ALS Month: Support Wings Over Wall Street 2024

AFA Members Toni Diamond and Warren Schiffer became founders of the extraordinary benefit, "Wings Over Wall Street," when Toni was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. This year's event is on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in New York City.

Toni and Warren turned their greatest challenge into inspiring work to fight ALS through research funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In 2004, we lost Toni, our flying partner, to this disease, but her caregiver husband, Warren, continues to work in her memory.

"Wings" brings together the spirit of our work in the skies, the financial contributions of Wall Street, and an event that has celebrity appeal to become a multi-million-dollar benefit. While Wings has accomplished a great deal by raising over $13 million for ALS research, none of this would have been possible without the support of Union Members and the generosity of the business community.

Visit MDA's Wings Over Wall Street for more info about the program, or support the MDA through Wings Over Wall Street by donating here.

AFA Welcomes Class 2406!

Every time a new Flight Attendant joins our career, they bring with them their unique talents and abilities, further strengthening our profession and our Union. On behalf of United AFA, we would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest Members of our Flight Attendant family, Class 2406!

Flight Attendants from 2406 will be based at our domiciles in DEN, SFO, IAD, and GUM. We look forward to helping them as they begin this incredible career.

As you meet new Flight Attendants on the line, please remember that they are on probation. Connect them with the most accurate information to support them as they begin their careers by directing them to their AFA Local Council for assistance on Contractual issues.

If you are interested in supporting our newest Members, reach out to your local council to see how you can be a part of shaping their early careers as an AFA volunteer!

 

Reminders:

MAY - Mental Health Awareness Month
MAY - Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
MAY - Jewish American Heritage Month
MAY 12 - Mother’s Day
MAY 20-22 - AFA BOD

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