Envoy Flight Attendants,
In April, the House of Representatives voted for the bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), 393-13. The bill includes AFA’s top safety priority of 10 Hours minimum rest, equal with the flight deck, for Flight Attendants.
We MUST urge the Senate to do the same.
CALL YOUR SENATORS
Our rest is about safety, health, and equality. We need 10 hours rest and not a minute less equal to the pilots. Senators need to hear from you.
Requiring a 10-hour minimum rest period prior to a duty period will create a harmonized approach to the U.S. new pilot rest requirement and international recommendations for duty and rest.
Flight Attendants’ most important duties include responding to medical issues, inflight emergencies, and terrorism. Proper rest is needed to ensure we can function at the highest level possible!
Right now, the Senate language says 10 hours can be reduced to 9.
This is unacceptable! Tell your Senators why you need 10 hours rest and not a minute less.
Fatigue studies commissioned by Congress and conducted by the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) confirm Flight Attendant fatigue exists and the best way to combat this fatigue is to increase rest. This is an aviation safety loophole that must be closed, but it is also a Flight Attendant health issue and an issue of equality since the United States is the only country to have different rest rules for the Pilots (mostly male career) and Flight Attendants (mostly female career). Pilot minimum rest is 10 hours and cannot be reduced. Flight Attendants need the same minimum rest rule.
Currently, the minimum rest requirement for Flight Attendants is a short 8 hours between 14 hour duty periods. This "rest period” often includes deplaning passengers, exiting the airport, securing local transportation to a rest facility (hotel), getting a meal, preparation for bed at night, waking in time to board transportation back to the airport, transiting the aircraft, performing required aircraft safety equipment checks and being ready for passenger boarding up to an hour before the first flight of the day.
Get involved, make a difference in your career! Join the AFA Government Affairs Team.
Contact your Local President or a Government Affairs Representative.
"Legislate NOT Negotiate"
AAG Employee Bonus Letter of Understanding - click here
With the recent termination of the Aviation Safety Action Program, we wanted to provide a means of bringing to light safety issues that need to be address. This hotline provides the caller protection against retaliation from the company. In the coming weeks we will be providing information on venues that are available outside of the company to address concerns that could involve safety matters.
AFA Disater Relief Fund
We know that disasters can change lives forever. While we can’t stop destructive events from happening, we can, as a Union, assist our members with their recovery. AFA established the Disaster Relief Fund after September 11th to assist our members whose lives were placed in harms way. AFA members and retirees, whose primary residence is in the counties listed below and who have suffered damage and/or dislocation, are eligible for $200.00 from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund. It is a gift made possible by the generosity of your fellow union sisters and brothers with AFA.
Texas Counties: Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton
Florida Counties: Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, St. Johns
Puerto Rico: Municipalities: Canovanas, Culebra, Loiza, Vieques
US Virgin Islands: St. John Island; St. Thomas Island
If you would like to apply for AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Funds, visit www.afacwa.org/drf and download the Disaster Relief Fund Application and fax it to the International AFA EAP Department at 202-434-1411 or mail it to AFA-CWA EAP Department, 6th Floor, 501 Third Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001-2797. You can also e-mail this same information requested to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone in the necessary information to 1-800-424-2406.
You can contact your local peer representative directly or call the International helpline at 1-800-424-2406 or 202-434-0560 to help you access services. You can also visit the EAP Department website at to find a peer representative at your local.
The AA credit union offers a disaster relief loan for those in need of money immediately, below is the information and contact information
Natural disasters can create a huge economic burden for some of our member-owners. In the event of a natural disaster, American Airlines Credit Union management analyzes the situation and makes a determination as to the availability of disaster relief. The relief program is usually short term (generally one year) — and provides for limited funds to be used for immediate needs for those members who are directly affected by a natural disaster.
P.O. Box 619001 MD 2100, HDQ
DFW Airport, TX 75261-9001
(817) 952-4500 | Outside USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, & U.S. Virgin Islands
American flew in a 757 to IAH to provide supplies and bring back employees that were stuck in there. Thank you to all the crewmembers that volunteered to assist in the mission. If you are in need of assistance, reach out to us and the company.
UPDATE: June 21, 2017
On June 21, 2017, American Airlines announced it will seek a new uniform vendor due to the many illnesses reported by AFA members and others exposed to the current uniforms provided by TwinHill.
AFA has communicated with management about our experience and research on uniform garment issues and this process of selecting a new uniform vendor. It is critical that the new uniforms will be safe and healthy, as well as durable and comfortable, for our members.
DO visit AFA’s uniform reactions reporting site and report any uniform reactions to AFA, in confidence.
Uniform Dos and Don'ts
To all AFA members who have experienced averse reactions to the new uniforms there is a website that AFA-CWA has designed to give you all the information you need to know about the Twin-Hill uniforms and your reactions. Even if you haven't had a reaction, you are still encouraged to go on the website to educate yourself on this topic.
On the website you are given detail instructions if you experience any reactions. Also we have Information on how AFA is presently advocating for you. There is even detail information on the chemicals that may be found in different uniform pieces that may cause skin irritants.
Please take the time and log onto http://www.afacwa.org/uniforms.