Flight Attendant Union Welcomes Court Ruling That Upholds Democratic Elections For Aviation Workers

Calls on Congress to Scrap Anti-Worker Labor Provision in FAA Reauthorization

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today after the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the National Mediation Board’s (NMB) decision to stop assigning “no” votes to workers who do not participate in union elections:

“This decision confirms that the National Mediation Board has full and absolute authority to bring democracy to union elections in their jurisdiction. We urge Congress to move forward with a clean, long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“For too long, ideologues have held up passage of this vital piece of legislation on the hope that they could strip aviation workers of their democratic right of free and fair union elections. Flight Attendants across the country have been on the forefront of this important issue for months, pushing back the tide of union busting provisions that had no place in this bill from the start.

“It is time for Congress to drop this single-minded crusade against workers’ right to join a union. We encourage Congress to pass a comprehensive funding bill that allows the FAA to move forward on vital safety and airport improvement projects that will help to enhance the world’s greatest aviation system.”

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 24 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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