Flight Attendant Union Marches On Arizona Capitol For Veto Of Discrimination Bill

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants at 19 carriers, marched on the Arizona State Capitol building yesterday, urging Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1062. Joining a chorus of thousands, AFA Flight Attendants rallied in protest of the bill that would pave the way for wide-ranging discrimination.

In a letter to Governor Brewer, AFA cautioned that allowing SB 1062 to become law would be “a historic and economic step backwards – one that could lead to a hostile environment for AFA members who live, work and transit Arizona.” Additionally, AFA cautioned the Governor that such discriminatory practices could impact air traffic to Arizona cities where Flight Attendants work.

Among the nation’s leading advocates for equality, AFA has a long and proud history of beating back discrimination. Through persistent efforts, AFA has worked to ensure that women receive equal pay, domestic partners receive equal benefits, weight restrictions were removed, men could serve as Flight Attendants, and all Flight Attendants have the right to marry and have children. AFA remains a leader in calling for inclusion and benefits for all members regardless of gender, gender identity, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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 68 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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