Flight Attendant Union Honors Life And Legacy Of Founding Member Edith Lauterbach

Washington, DC, February 5 , 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today after the passing of AFA’s last remaining founding member, Edith Edna Lauterbach:

“Today, the Flight Attendant community lost our hero, our guiding light - Edith Lauterbach. As our heavy hearts remember our friend and trailblazing founder, we reflect on Edith’s contributions to our profession and our union each and everyday.

“After being hired by United Airlines in 1944, Edith was a motivated activist who quickly began questioning Flight Attendant safety, wages and working conditions. By 1945, after joining forces with four Flight Attendant colleagues, the first union organized, run and controlled by women was founded. And for nearly seven decades, her role and involvement in our union has been invaluable to hundreds of Flight Attendant leaders and an inspiration to countless activists.

“Edith’s legacy to our profession still touches each and every Flight Attendant across the country. In 1952, she assisted in the creation of Federal regulations for Flight Attendant safety and evacuations. Her advocacy helped establish an evacuation process that serves as a basis today. As a result of her work, the 90-second evacuation was established and serves as a basis for evacuations today.

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Flight Attendant Union Celebrates DOL Completion Of FMLA Rule For Airline Crews

Washington, DC, February 5, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today praised the Department of Labor for implementing the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). On the twentieth anniversary of FMLA, the DOL provided the guidance needed to establish eligibility requirements specifically for Flight Attendants and airline flight crewmembers.

“This is an exciting day for Flight Attendants and crewmembers across the nation. It is fitting that as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic legislation that has helped millions of workers care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their jobs, the Department of Labor announces the final rule that provides the same peace of mind and protections to Flight Attendants and our families,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President.

The rule-making finalized by the Hour and Wage Division of the Department of Labor provides specific instruction on how to implement the technical correction and apply the standards for crewmember benefits.

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Flight Attendant Union Commemorates 20th Anniversary of FMLA

Washington, DC, February 4, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement recognizing tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking, family-friendly legislation, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA:

“For over 20 years, FMLA has helped millions of workers care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their jobs or their families’ economic security. This law guarantees the freedom of working people to perform one of our fundamental functions as human beings -- caring for the people we love.

“In the past two decades, more than 100 million Americans have benefited from FMLA. When workers have access to tools that encourage balance between work and caregiving responsibilities, they are more productive – increasing quality of life and improving the fabric of our communities. By encouraging corporate responsibility and better labor relations, FMLA has been a tremendous success for both employers and employees alike.

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Flight Attendant Renews Pledge To Combat Human Trafficking In Recognition Of National Freedom Day

Washington, DC, February 1, 2013 – Marking the culmination of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) reaffirmed its commitment to work toward ending human trafficking. Since 1942, February 1 has been commemorated as National Freedom Day, the day when President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment to end slavery.

“As the first responders of aviation, Flight Attendants are in a key position to join the fight against human trafficking. With appropriate training, we can help save the lives of innocent people, facilitate their rescue and help bring perpetrators to justice,” said AFA International President Veda Shook. “Today, there are still many victims of modern slavery - they are women and children, men and adults. They are all being denied basic human rights and we must work together to ensure that we put an end to this form of slavery.”

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Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement On New Aircraft Contract Terms

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) reached a tentative agreement with management this week on contract terms that would extend to 16 new Airbus A321neo aircraft on order. Details of the agreement are currently being sent to the over 1,400 Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants with voting scheduled for February 8 through February 27.

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Flight Attendant Union Commends Transportation Secretary LaHood For Contributions To Aviation During Tenure

Washington, DC, January 30, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement praising the work of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood after the announcement of his resignation:

“Proving his commitment to advancing the U.S. aviation industry, shortly after taking office, Secretary LaHood formed a committee aimed at providing advice and recommendations on how to best address the evolving transportation needs, the Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC).

“One of the most successful FAAC recommendations was to form a committee to bridge the gap between the aviation workforce and management. AFA has proudly participated in the Aviation Industry Workforce-Management Conference and collaborated with various industry leaders on creating a roadmap for the future of aviation to help ensure that our transportation system meets the vital needs of the United States.

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AFA Blasts AMR Outsourcing Regional Flying, Defends Work of American Eagle Flight Attendants

Washington, DC, January 25, 2013 – Flight Attendants at American Eagle, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), responded to the recent announcement that AMR Corporation will begin outsourcing American Airlines regional flying to a non AMR-owned carrier. AFA American Eagle President Robert Barrow issued the following statement:

“AMR management’s outsourcing of regional flying is despicable. This is not only a betrayal of American Eagle employees who have given up so much to make our airline competitive, it represents the very corporate hubris that undermines our economy.

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US Airways Flight Attendants To Vote On Single Contract


Agreement Would Extend Industry-Leading Job Protections, Increase Pay and Set Stage for New Merger

Washington, DC, January 24, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today reached a tentative agreement with US Airways management for a contract covering all US Airways mainline Flight Attendants. The tentative agreement, reached under the supervision of the National Mediation Board (NMB), would allow for immediate economic improvements and provide all US Airways Flight Attendants with the strongest position possible for any discussions related to the next merger. AFA was steadfast that any agreement recognize the contributions of US Airways Flight Attendants and provide the opportunity to work as partners in a potential merger.

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Flight Attendant Union Recognizes Alaska Airlines Flight 819 Crewmembers' Professionalism

Washington, DC, January 18, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) recognizes the professionalism of the Flight Attendants on Alaska Airlines flight 819 after being alerted to a suspicious person on board as fighter jets escorted the aircraft safely to Seattle. AFA represents nearly 3,000 Flight Attendants at Alaska Airlines.

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US Airways Express Flight Attendants To Picket For Fair Contract

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
5:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. ET AND 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport
5485 Airport Terminal Road
Salisbury, MD 21804

Washington, DC, January 18, 2013 – Piedmont Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), will be picketing and leafleting on Tuesday, January 22, to inform US Airways Express passengers that management’s failure to negotiate a new contract could result in a strike at the airline. Piedmont, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc., is the only carrier at Wicomico Regional Airport offering daily service.

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