Flight Attendant Union and DOL Acting Secretary To Outline FMLA Airline Flight Crew Technical Correction

Washington, DC–The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) will participate in a media event this afternoon with acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris to discuss the implementation of a technical correction to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that grants Flight Attendants and flight crewmembers the same legal protections under FMLA as employees from other industries.

“Workers should not have to choose between their careers and caring for a loved one. That was the original intent of FMLA when passed in 1993 and, for two decades, millions of Americans have been spared that difficult choice. The evolution of FMLA continues with the recent guidance by DOL to correct an unintended oversight of the original legislation. Today, Flight Attendants and flight crewmembers can finally qualify for essential FMLA benefits,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President. 

The media call will take place at 1:00 pm EST. Dial-in information is available upon request. 

President Shook and acting Secretary Harris will discuss DOL’s final rule on the implementation of the FMLA Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act. The rule-making, finalized by the DOL’s Hour and Wage Division, provides specific instruction on how to apply FMLA standards for crewmember benefits.

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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