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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Flight Attendant Union Helps To Shape Future Use Of Portable Electronic Devices On Aircraft

Washington, DC, January 15, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) joined government and industry experts this week to discuss the future of in-flight use of portable electronic devices. The committee, organized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been tasked with evaluating regulations, policies and procedures that attempt to manage the safe use of portable electronic devices during flight.

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Flight Attendant Union Celebrates Professionalism On The Hudson Four Years Later

Washington, DC, January 14, 2013 – Four years after US Airways Flight Attendants Donna Dent, Sheila Dail, and Doreen Welsh safely evacuated 150 passengers from flight 1549 as the plane sank into the Hudson River, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) celebrates the professionalism they displayed on January 15, 2009. AFA issued the following statement:

“The evacuation of flight 1549 reminded everyone around the world, in stunning fashion, the primary role and purpose of Flight Attendants as First Responders. Each day, on every commercial flight, Flight Attendants report to work prepared to handle a myriad of potential emergency situations. As First Responders, Flight Attendants must always remain vigilant, prepared to utilize their skills and training at a moment’s notice to ensure the safety of their passengers.

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Flight Attendant Union Sues Spirit Airlines For Health Care Discrimination

Washington, DC, January 11, 2013 – Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) filed a lawsuit against airline management for forcing Flight Attendants who wish to provide health insurance for their domestic partners into a lesser quality plan. The lawsuit accuses management of exploiting procedural loopholes to avoid their obligation of providing equal benefits to Flight Attendants.

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Flight Attendant Union Commends Secretary Solis' Service To Working Families

Washington, DC, January 10, 2013 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) applauds Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’ dedication to improving the lives of Flight Attendants and working families. In honor of Secretary Solis’ service at the Department of Labor, AFA issued the following statement:

“Through the advocacy of Secretary Solis, safety and health standards in the aircraft cabin have improved. For the first time in history, Flight Attendants will have vital Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) protections that millions of Americans have had for decades. We commend Secretary Solis for her zero tolerance approach to preventable workplace injuries.

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Flight Attendants Stand In Support Of Marriage Equality At Boeing

Washington, DC, January 07, 2013 – Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued a statement today in support of members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001 at The Boeing Company in their struggle for equal rights. Alaska AFA President Jeffrey Peterson said the following:

“AFA has a longstanding commitment to equality regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression which is why Alaska Flight Attendants stand in solidarity with our aviation colleagues at Boeing in their struggle for equal rights. With an all-Boeing fleet of aircraft, Alaska Flight Attendants depend on the professionalism and dedication of SPEEA members each and every day.

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