Flight Attendant Union Reaffirms Commitment To Equality On Anniversary Of Civil Rights Act

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today reflecting on the anniversary of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 legislation which provided a pathway for equal treatment under the law for all citizens:

“Less than a week after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, which has protected voting rights for decades, we look back at the importance of these landmark, anti-discrimination laws and are reminded that our country was founded on the principle ‘that all men are created equal.’ Equality is at the heart of who we are and it is a principle that drives workers to band together for fairness.

“The Supreme Court’s decision last week opened the door for widespread voter suppression at the ballot box. We pledge to do all that we can to protect our voice and our vote. As Flight Attendants stand together for our profession, we must champion equality, justice and democracy. Voter suppression occurs through various tactics, including elimination of early and absentee voting, affecting individuals, like Flight Attendants, who are not always able to cast a ballot in person on Election Day. Voter suppression in any form hinders our democracy.

“AFA’s commitment to equal treatment of all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression has remained affixed to our primary objective for decades. On this historic day we recommit and redouble efforts to work with allies to protect our democracy.”

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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