Flight Attendant Union Pays Tribute To Senator Lautenberg For Extraordinary Lifetime Of Service

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today honoring the life and legacy of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg:

“Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a great leader who has been instrumental in bettering the lives of all Americans through his lifetime of dedicated service. For nearly thirty years as an elected leader, Senator Lautenberg has been a champion of numerous Flight Attendant issues that have had tremendous impact on our profession.

“In 1989, AFA worked closely with the Senator to pass legislation that banned smoking on all domestic flights. His foresight and leadership were invaluable in pioneering the trend of smoke-free workplaces, and safer skies for passengers and crews. AFA’s long history on working together with the Senator on vital issues continued recently when last week, Senator Lautenberg co-sponsored legislation to ‘Keep Knives Out of Our Skies.’ Senator Lautenberg’s contributions to our industry have been innumerable.

“Our condolences go out to the entire Lautenberg family. We are so grateful to his loved ones for their generosity in sharing such a great leader with New Jersey and our entire country. It has been an incredible honor to work alongside such an inspirational figure for three decades. We are grateful for the opportunity to have Senator Lautenberg as a key ally and will keep his spirit of service with us always.”

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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