AFA Statement on CARES Act Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 27, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) President Sara Nelson, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines, issued the following statement on the passage of the CARES Act: 

"Flight Attendants across the U.S. thank Congress and the Administration for passing a #WorkersFirst aviation relief package that includes direct financial assistance for airline workers' wages and benefits. We will continue to work with lawmakers, the administration, and our airlines to ensure the bill is implemented as intended. The path forward will be extremely difficult, but this helps us work together on more solid ground.

"We have a lot of work to do in coordination with other people right in our communities and around the globe. We will especially work together to help our medical professionals on the frontlines. We need relief for other industries to protect working people since our futures are tied to each other. Attacking the virus to end the healthcare crisis requires all of us working together and enabling our economy to rebound from this financial crisis requires strengthening everyone in our country. Our work creates the value of our businesses. We are the consumers and the taxpayers. Most importantly, we are the mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, siblings and dear friends who love and cherish each other. For our health and well-being, and for the people we love, we will continue to press leaders of our government to put forward plans that focus on People First."

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, (AFA) AFL-CIO represents 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 74 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at

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