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Experts Explain Why Sexual Assaults Occur On Airplanes & What Airlines Can Do To Stop It

Experts Explain Why Sexual Assaults Occur On Airplanes & What Airlines Can Do To Stop It

Originally posted on Bustle — It seems like every few months brings a new story about sexual assault on an airline flight. In March, a woman on a flight from Tampa to Toronto claimed she was sexually assaulted by a fellow passenger. In April, a woman was reportedly groped by an intoxicated man on a flight while her daughter sat right next to her, and the flight attendants kept bringing the man alcohol. In July, a woman claimed she woke up to a man masturbating next to her on an American Airlines flight. And these are just the reports that make it into the news — meaning that it's likely that many more incidents occur without attracting media publicity.

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What the Government Shutdown Means for Flight Attendants

What the Government Shutdown Means for Flight Attendants

January 20, 2018 — The U.S. government is officially shut down. This is not just about services, this is about jobs and families. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are spending the morning securing government offices, setting voicemail and email notifications, and completing shutdown plans: They are out of work with no knowledge of when Congress will act to get them back to work. The remaining million workers who are considered 'essential' employees are required to come to work without pay until funding resumes. This means millions of families are shouldering the impact of no agreement in Congress.

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15 Ways the Looming U.S. Government Shutdown Could Affect You

15 Ways the Looming U.S. Government Shutdown Could Affect You

Originally published in TIME -- Unless lawmakers can get their act together by Friday, the federal government is going to run out of money. And while Republicans are aiming to pass a stopgap measure to avoid a government shutdown and fund government through late December 2017, the task is complicated by a standoff between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats over immigration and other issues.

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Tackling Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

Starting the Conversation to Tackle Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault 

A national discussion on sexual assault and sexual harassment has lifted the veil on a silent epidemic in our society. This provides us with an opportunity for real change that advances equality and safety for all of our sisters and brothers. As Flight Attendants we have a unique opportunity to join a positive dialogue about the change we want to see and the world we want for our children. We are on the frontlines of public discussion, and we must also recognize what this moment means for our careers, our flying partners and all of the people on our planes.

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Harvard Publishes Study about Uniform Reactions at Alaska 2011-2014

Harvard Publishes Study about Uniform Reactions at Alaska 2011-2014

AFA continues to fight for safe uniforms at PSA, Envoy, and Piedmont

Published on Jan. 3, 2018, a study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health documents “a relationship between health complaints and the introduction of new uniforms” among Flight Attendants at Alaska Airlines from 2011-14. The Harvard study is published and you can download a free copy here.

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New Changes Coming to DOT Testing Rule in 2018

New Changes Coming to DOT Testing Rule in 2018

December 20, 2017 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) is making changes to the DOT Testing rule which will take effect January 1, 2018. Below is a summary of some important changes and how they will affect Flight Attendants.

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Passing of Barbara Drucker

Passing of Barbara Drucker

December 17, 2017 -- It is with a broken heart and great sadness that we share with you that Barbara Drucker, AFA MEC VP and Local President in Philadelphia for Air Wisconsin, died suddenly and unexpectedly today. Barbara spent the weekend baking holiday cookies with her daughter and twin grandchildren. Last night Barbara returned to her own home without any concerns. This morning Barbara called her daughter with complaints of chest pains who then picked Barbara up for transport to medical care. During that car ride, Barbara passed away from a heart attack.

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