Flight Attendants Respond to Sen. Warren’s Letter Slamming Delta Air Lines for Cutting Employee Hours After Receiving Payroll Grants

Washington, D.C. (May 22, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) is responding to the letter that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) sent to Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian raising serious concerns about their decision to cut the hours of their employees after receiving financial assistance under the CARES Act. 

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AFA Statement on United Airlines New CEO Scott Kirby

CHICAGO (May 20, 2020) — Scott Kirby will become United Airlines CEO today. Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) United President Ken Diaz, representing 25,000 Flight Attendants at United Airlines, released the following statement:

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Treasury Department’s Inaction Will Cost 350 Jobs It Was Directed to Save through CARES Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 11, 2020) — Miami Air International, a charter airline founded in 1990 that today employs 350 people in the Miami area, including 150 Flight Attendants represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), will liquidate as early as Wednesday entirely due to the impact of COVID-19. All 350 Miami Air employees will be immediately laid off and lose healthcare at the end of May because Secretary Mnuchin failed to respond to the airline’s application for payroll grants.

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AFA Letter to Senate Commerce: Involuntary Reduction in Hours Side-Steps Congressional Intent for CARES Act

WASHINGTON, DC (May 6, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) submitted a letter to the Senate Commerce, Science, Transportation Committee ahead of today’s hearing: “The State of the Aviation Industry: Examining the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  Among other topics addressed in the letter including essential worker status, necessary safety protections and the status of the payroll support program. AFA President Sara Nelson raises a key issue: the undermining of the CARES Act by a couple airlines. The letter reads in part: 

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AFA Statement on First U.S. Airline to Require Passengers Wear Masks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 27, 2020) — The first U.S. airline, jetBlue, announced Monday night that it will require all passengers to wear a face mask on flights starting May 4. AFA President Sara Nelson said: 

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AFA Statement on Aviation Payroll Grant Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2020) — In response to Treasury's announcement of agreements in principle on the payroll grants for aviation workers under the CARES Act, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) International President Sara Nelson released the following statement:

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AFA Statement on United Airlines NYC Capacity Reduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 4, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) President Sara Nelson, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines including United, released the following statement on United Airlines capacity reduction in the New York City area:

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Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify Contract

HONOLULU (April 3, 2020) — Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted to ratify a new contract. The five year agreement provides immediate pay increases, establishes pay guarantees, and keeps healthcare costs in check for the over 2,100 Hawaiian Flight Attendants.

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Flight Attendants Tell Treasury: Payroll Grants Are for the Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 1, 2020) — Unions representing 100,000 Flight Attendants across the U.S. aviation industry today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin demanding he not exercise warrants on the CARES Act payroll grants that were designed to keep aviation workers on the job. The letter from AFA International President Sara Nelson, representing Flight Attendants at 20 airlines, APFA National President Julie Hedrick, representing American Airlines Flight Attendants, and TWU 556 President Lyn Montgomery, representing Southwest Flight Attendants, reads in part:

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AFA Calls for Halt to All Leisure Travel

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) today released the following statement on the Department of Transportation’s show cause order proposing parameters for initially implementing the authority granted to the Secretary of Transportation by Sections 4005 and 4114 of the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act). AFA President Sara Nelson said:

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