Flight Attendant Union Celebrates NATCA's 25th Anniversary

Washington, DC, June 19, 2012 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today joins the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in celebrating a quarter century of helping keep America’s aviation system the safest in the world, in the air and on the ground.

After working to restore their collective voice in the workplace and advocating for aviation safety issues, air traffic controllers, on June 11, 1987, voted to approve NATCA as their bargaining representative. Eight days later, on June 19, 1987, NATCA received Federal Labor Relations Authority certification. 

NATCA now represents more than 20,000 air traffic controllers, engineers and other aviation safety professionals. They have the safest record in history, guiding 70,000 flights per day and over 700 million passengers per year. AFA commends these dedicated professionals for their enormous contribution to the industry’s remarkable safety record. 

“As frontline, aviation safety professionals, Flight Attendants depend on the professional women and men of NATCA each day to guide the hundreds of thousands of crew and passengers safely to destinations far and wide. We look forward to their continued professionalism as our nation’s Next Generation of air traffic control technology is implemented. Their contributions are integral to the success of the safest and most efficient aviation system in the world,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President.

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 over 65 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 at 21 airlines 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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