Among AFA-CWA's most important responsibilities is the advancement of issues important to Flight Attendants and
our industry on Capitol Hill. The United Master Executive Council has a Government Affairs Committee Chair and Local
Council Committees made up of volunteer activists. These dedicated individuals regularly travel to Washington, D.C.,
to walk the halls of Congress and lobby on the issues that affect Flight Attendants. Because we're the ones who
work on the aircraft everyday, we're the ones who know what issues matter most. Together with the constant support
of AFA's professional staff, we are our own best advocates.
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The Government Affairs Committee members keep Flight Attendants informed of legislative actions that could affect
our working conditions, our job security and our safety, health and security. These volunteers also conduct voter
registration and get-out-the-vote drives, promote AFA's Political Action Committee, FlightPAC, and actively participate
in campaigns for AFA endorsed candidates. AFA encourages its members to be politically active on the local, state
and federal levels - and support those members of Congress who consistently support Flight Attendants.
Many Government Affairs Committee members are involved in their local labor communities and serve as delegates
to Central Labor Councils or as Executive Board members on the state level of the AFL-CIO. These delegates provide
AFA greater access to AFL-CIO organizations and ensure that our issues and concerns get the full support of the
local labor movement.
The relationships that the United AFA Government Affairs Committee members have built with many Congressional
offices have enabled us to seek Congressional support in many different ways. When United announced their intention
to seek changes to retiree medical benefits the United MEC and Government Affairs Committee persuaded over 110 House
offices and 20 Senate offices to contact United Airlines about this unjust proposal.
AFA-CWA is known on Capitol Hill as the world's largest Flight Attendant Union and the only one that represents
a cross-section of our entire profession. For decades, members of Congress and the federal government have not only
respected our knowledge of the industry, but have turned to us in times of crisis.
When legislation that affects Flight Attendants is being proposed, AFA is the first and in most cases, the only
Union that is contacted because of our status as the largest representative of Flight Attendants. Our steadfast
work on behalf of Flight Attendants and aviation safety has increased our visibility for a well respected presence
on Capitol Hill. Our greatest successes have been achieved when the United AFA Government Affairs Committee join
the Government Affairs representatives from the other AFA carriers and speak with one voice.
Latest Government Affairs Updates
- House Republicans Can’t Even Tolerate the Word Labor (January 11, 2023)
- Illinois Voters Support ‘Workers’ Rights’ Amendment in Early Returns (November 10, 2022)
- FlightPAC – Our Power to Influence on the Hill (November 10, 2022)
- Midterm Elections – Tuesday, November 8th! (October 20, 2022)
- Democrats press airlines against resuming stock buybacks (September 29, 2022)
- Lawmakers, unions press U.S. airlines to hold off on stock buybacks (September 29, 2022)
- Register to Vote! (September 22, 2022)
- Sanders blocks proposal to force rail unions to accept labor deal (September 15, 2022)
- Important Reminder: Known Crewmember (KCM) - It’s a Privilege, Not a Right! (July 12, 2022)
- Reminder on Handling of Arrival Liquor at International Destinations (July 1, 2022)
- United Needs Employee Support on Capitol Hill for IAD to CPT Route! (May 24, 2022)
- Barcode Required for Known Crewmember (KCM) Checkpoints (March 18, 2022)
- United Airlines ends its use of Russian airspace, suspends two India routes (March 4, 2022)
- Order the Four (4) Free Rapid COVID-19 Tests Announced by the White House (January 21, 2022)
- The 5G-airline snafu: Everything we know (January 19, 2022)
- Major U.S. airline CEOs warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc (January 17, 2022)
- Flight attendants fume as CDC gives airlines what they want on quarantine change (December 29, 2021)
- CDC Shortens Isolation for Non-symptomatic Test Positive – AFA Response (December 28, 2021)
- Take Action: Protecting Flight Attendants' Voting Rights! (December 17, 2021)
- Airline Industry Union Leaders Call For No-Fly List For Unruly Passengers (November 18, 2021)