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Combatting the Zika Virus and Improving Our Health Care Infrastructure

Combatting the Zika Virus and Improving Our Health Care Infrastructure

FEB 25 - Good news! The AFL-CIO Executive Council passed this resolution, committing to develop and disseminate resources to keep members up-to-date and work with government and global health agencies on the Zika outbreak. The resolution includes our work on mechanical (non-chemical) disinsection on commercial aircrafts and women's rights.  

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Flight attendants to Obama: Address Zika concerns

Originally posted on The Hill by Keith Laing.

A union that represents flight attendants is calling on President Obama to address concerns from airline crew members about the Zika virus that has emerged in areas in the Caribbean and Latin America. 

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Flight Attendants Send Zika Recommendations to President Obama

February 23, 2016

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500 

Dear Mr. President: 

On behalf of Flight Attendants around the world, we applaud your letter to Congress seeking emergency supplemental appropriations of approximately $1.9 billion to respond to the Zika virus both domestically and internationally. This funding is critical for supporting ongoing preparedness efforts and immediate response activities, as well as FY 2016 research, education, and prevention efforts.

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Zika is a reproductive rights issue

Originally posted on The Boston Globe by Catalina Martínez Coral

THE ZIKA VIRUS is spreading so rapidly throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, that the World Health Organization is now declaring it an international health emergency. Although there continues to be confusion and misinformation about the virus and its effects on pregnancy, the government of Colombia has asked women to abstain from sexual intercourse and delay pregnancy to curb the effects of the Zika virus. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Honoring Colgan Air, Flight 3407

Honoring Colgan Air, Flight 3407

Today marks the seventh year since the tragic crash of Colgan Air, Flight 3407, which killed all souls on board and one on the ground. We remember those who lost their lives -- and we honor their memory as we continue to work for better protections.

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Exclusive: Top airlines offer to re-assign crew from Zika-hit routes

Originally published on Reuters by Jeffrey Dastin

Major U.S. airlines United, Delta and American and Europe's Lufthansa and Air France are offering to re-assign certain flight crew concerned about contracting the Zika virus from routes to affected countries.

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How United Airlines Got To Its Sorry State

How United Airlines Got To Its Sorry State, And Why It Can't Take Off Again

More than five years after the everyone-but-the-media-saw-it-coming disaster that is the merger of United and Continental airlines, big business media is switching gears.

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