Flight Attendant Union Commends Transportation Secretary LaHood For Contributions To Aviation During Tenure

Washington, DC, January 30, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement praising the work of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood after the announcement of his resignation:

“Proving his commitment to advancing the U.S. aviation industry, shortly after taking office, Secretary LaHood formed a committee aimed at providing advice and recommendations on how to best address the evolving transportation needs, the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC).

“One of the most successful FAAC recommendations was to form a committee to bridge the gap between the aviation workforce and management. AFA has proudly participated in the Aviation Industry Workforce-Management Conference and collaborated with various industry leaders on creating a roadmap for the future of aviation to help ensure that our transportation system meets the vital needs of the United States.

“Over the past four years, AFA has worked alongside Secretary LaHood on numerous occasions and has witnessed his commitment to a strong, domestic aviation policy. His dedication to advancing our nation’s aviation system is evident through his advocacy for swift implementation of the satellite-based Next Generation air traffic control system.

“AFA has also been proud to partner with Secretary LaHood on raising awareness of human trafficking. The Secretary’s pledge to increase education and training on this issue is crucial in maximizing the transportation industry’s collective impact on human trafficking.

“AFA is grateful to Secretary LaHood for his intelligent and inclusive leadership and for his many contributions to a safe and reliable transportation infrastructure. Secretary LaHood’s contributions to advancing our nation’s aviation infrastructure will be his lasting legacy.”

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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