Flight Attendants Rally to Save Social Security and Medicare

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Cathay Pacific Airways Cabin Crew, supported by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), Bay Area labor, and allies will rally in front of Cathay Pacific U.S. corporate offices on Tuesday, November 29. The public demonstration aims to pressure the airline to ensure U.S. employees have access to Social Security and Medicare. Cathay Pacific Airways in September made a unilateral decision to stop paying payroll taxes for U.S. Flight Attendants—permanently denying Social Security and Medicare benefits.

“Cathay Pacific Airways has a moral obligation to keep its promise to employees they chose to hire in the U.S. Their foreign company scheme to deny U.S. worker rights sets a dangerous precedent and threatens our families and communities. Cathay Pacific must reverse course and play by the rules. How dare Cathay Pacific try to increase corporate profits on the backs of U.S. workers,” said Sara Nelson, AFA International President.

WHO:
Sara Nelson - Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)
U.S.-based Cathay Pacific Cabin Crew
San Francisco Labor Council (SFLC)
San Mateo Central Labor Council (SMCLC)
Gregory Cendana - Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
Aaron Peskin - San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 3 Representative
Rev. Norman Fong - Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) and Parish Associate of the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown

WHAT: Rally for U.S. Flight Attendants’ Social Security and Medicare

WHEN: November 29, 2016 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Union Square, 360 Post Street, San Francisco

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The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 71 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 50,000 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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