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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AFA Statement on CARES Act Passage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 27, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) President Sara Nelson, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines, issued the following statement on the passage of the CARES Act: 

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Delta Connection Endeavor Air Flight Attendants Ratify New Contract

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2020) - Endeavor Air 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, increased minimum guarantees, and improved work rules for the nearly 1,500 Endeavor Flight Attendants.

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Flight Attendants Win Relief for Workers, Not Corporations

WASHINGTON (March 25, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) President Sara Nelson released the following statement on the Senate's bipartisan deal for a Phase 3 stimulus package: 

"This is an unprecedented win for frontline aviation workers and a template all workers can build from. The payroll grants we won in this bill will save hundreds of thousands of jobs and will keep working people connected to healthcare many will need during this pandemic.
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Flight Attendants Urge No Vote on Senate GOP "Leave All Workers Behind" Stimulus

WASHINGTON (March 22, 2020 at 3:00pm ET) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) released the following statement ahead of a cloture vote on the Senate stimulus bill:

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Flight Attendants Say McConnell Airline Bailout Means Deep Job Cuts

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2020) — As lawmakers are hammering out stimulus bills, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) President Sara Nelson rang alarm bells on Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's airline bailout package that provides no direct payroll assistance for workers. In the letter blasted to Senators this afternoon, she said:

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Airline, Airport, and Union Coalition Calls for Urgent Action to Protect U.S. Aviation Employees

WASHINGTON (March 19, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines, today joined the entire U.S. aviation industry in a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, House Speaker Pelosi, House Minority Leader McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Schumer to request the Administration and Congress work as one to act as quickly as possible to address the debilitating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry.

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Flight Attendants Denounce Travel Ban and Call on Congress to Protect U.S. Aviation

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2020) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson released the following statement on President Trump's announcement on travel from Europe:

"The announcement by the President this evening of a thirty-day travel ban to Europe is irresponsible.

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Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket at Honolulu Airport on Friday on Heels of AFA International President’s Visit

HONOLULU  – On Friday, March 13th, Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), will picket at Daniel K. Inouye Airport in Honolulu as their fight for a fair contract continues on.

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