AFA Statement in Advance of Congressional Markup of FAA Bill

Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2023) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement in advance of the House and Senate markup of the FAA Bill:

"Our union very much appreciates the diligent work of the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee under the leadership of Chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Chair Sam Graves (R-MO) to move the FAA bill to completion before the September 30, 2023 deadline. The traveling public and all of the people who work in aviation need Congress to get a bill passed before funding expires. This is the only way to ensure staffing and infrastructure are maximized to support the needs of the traveling public and those working in aviation.

"Both bills address several Flight Attendant health and safety priorities we have long fought for, many of which also affect passengers. We continue to work to expand this list and support aviation unions and allies on several other initiatives that matter for our jobs and safety in aviation.

"We strongly oppose any efforts to add DCA slots or change the perimeter rule. This is a poison pill that will delay getting a bill done at all. Aviation infrastructure, staffing, and safety measures simply can't wait. The public is fed up with the rate of air travel disruptions. This stems from two decades of mostly extensions of the FAA Authorization bill rather than long term stable funding that supports a strong aviation workforce, creates jobs, and improves our aviation infrastructure."


The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 75 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at 

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