Mary Oswald - MEC Chair
Government Affairs Committee Representatives
Pamela Adamson - Chair Brian McGovern - Chair
Rhondine Simmons Debra McKnight
FlightPAC is the Association of Flight Attendants Political Action Committee (PAC). Through voluntary contributions of eligible AFA members, FlightPAC gives support to candidates to federal office who are committed to helping improve flight attendant safety, security and health..
Through the work of the Government Affairs Department, the Legislative Affairs/FlightPAC Committee and FlightPAC contributions, AFA has been able to forge many important relationships with Members of Congress and especially Congress members who serve on the Transportation Committees in the House and the Senate. It is through these relationships that we are able to have legislation introduced on behalf of AFA.
FlightPAC is non-partisan and independent
FlightPAC offers strength in numbers.
If you do not currently contribute to FlightPAC and would like to learn how to do so, please contact your Local Government Affairs Committee, or download a payroll deduction form by clicking the Contribute Now button and return it to a committee member, drop off at your Local Council Mailbox in the crewroom or mail your completed form to the address below:
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
501 Third Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
AFA Government Affairs Works for You!
As part of our educational series on the roles and work of the various MEC Committees, we focus on the important work of our Government Affairs Committee.
As Flight Attendants, we work in a highly regulated environment. Decisions which affect our safety and security, our work environment and our job security are routinely made in Washington, D.C.Our AFA Government Affairs Committee maintains a voice in the political process to express the concerns of Flight Attendants on issues which impact our security and safety, our health, our workplace, the safety of our passengers, and our rights to Union representation. The Committee Members lobby Senators and Representatives on AFA's legislative issues and work to establish an on-going relationship with these offices.
Lobbying is an essential and necessary component of the work the Committee does. It is important to point out the vast majority of this work is accomplished by volunteers and through voluntary contributions of eligible AFA members to FlightPAC, our Political Action Committee (PAC).
FlightPAC is non-partisan, supporting candidates in federal office who are committed to helping improve Flight Attendant safety, security and health and who are willing to address our concerns. Grassroots activities are intended to educate elected officials about aviation issues, ensuring they are aware of our views. We encourage every Member of our Union to consider a contribution to FlightPAC. Pulling together, when we pool our contributions, we have the ability to make a difference. Every item that we address through the legislative process reduces the number of items we need to discuss in Negotiations and this allows us to be highly effective in what we accomplish at the bargaining table. Through the voluntary efforts of our many Government Affairs Members around the system, our Union has played an intricate role in addressing the following issues:
Fight for 10
Bridge the Gap
Stop Outsourcing: Enforce Trade Agreement
FMLA Resource Center
Known Crewmember (KCM)
No Knives on Planes
Stop Human Trafficking
No Calls on Planes
To set up your contribution to FlightPAC, and make an investment in your career please contact your Local Council Government Affairs Committee.
Make a Change:
Are you interested in politics and working on issues that affect Flight Attendants and the aviation industry?
Contact a Government Affairs representative or your LEC President to become involved and make a difference.
Government Affairs 101 Training is being planned for February or March 2019. Get more information. Find out what the committee is all about.
WE DID IT!!!
10 Hours Rest,
FAA Reauth Bill
House 298-23 Senate 93-6
October 3, 2018
WE DID IT! Today, the Senate voted bipartisan and overwhelmingly to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The bill is now approved by both chambers of Congress and will go to the President's desk for signing before the October 7, 2018 deadline.
Tens of thousands of Flight Attendants from across the industry including Frontier, Miami Air, Alaska, Spirit, Hawaiian, Envoy, Endeavor, United, American, Southwest – Flight Attendants from 35 airlines in all – have called your members of Congress, signed petitions, sent postcards, rallied at the Capitol, and told your stories to achieve minimum rest equal with the flight deck and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP). Before that, many of you took part in fatigue studies that provided the science to back up our demand for more rest. This was a fight for safety, health, and equality.
We achieved overwhelming bipartisan support for our Rest and we especially thank our Congressional champions on 10 hours minimum rest:
House - Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA), Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Michael Bost (R-IL), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL).
Senate - Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) originally introduced the language when she was in the House and continued advocacy in the Senate. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) have all since worked hard to ensure the rest language would be included in a final FAA bill. We thank Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) for weighing in when it especially counted to help us get our rest.
Summary of AFA safety priorities included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018:
Cabin Cyber Security Vulnerabilities
10-hours Minimum Rest and a FRMP for Flight Attendants
No Knives on Planes Ever Again
Ban of Voice Calls on Planes
Emotional Support and Service Animal Standards
Air Quality: Technologies to Combat Contaminated Bleed Air
Protect Customer Service Agents from Assaults
Secondary Cockpit Barriers
Safe Transport of Lithium Batteries
Study on Cabin Evacuation Certification (including cabin configuration)
Increase Civil Penalties for Crew Interference from $25,000 to $35,000
Banning Electronic Cigarette Smoking on Planes
Congressional Focus on Addressing Sexual Misconduct on Planes
Establish National Inflight Sexual Misconduct Task Force
Require DOJ to Establish Reporting Process for Sexual Misconduct
Continue Crewmember Self-Defense Training
Expanded Human Trafficking Training for Airline Personnel
Prioritize Support for Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP)
Requiring Privacy for Nursing in the Airport
Evaluation and Update of Emergency Medical Kit Contents
Oxygen Mask Design Study
Develop Guidance for Non-Toxic Prevention of Transporting Insects
Exit Row Evaluation and Verification
Improve Consumer Notification of Insecticide Use
Promoting Women in Aviation
Authorization of Essential Air Service
Sexual Harassment/Assault on Planes
AFA International President Sara Nelson testified before the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues on combating sexual harassment and assault in the service sector. Sara’s written testimony can be viewed here >
The Fight for 10 and the
FAA Reauthorization Act
The House version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill (H.R. 2997 The 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act) includes AFA’s top priority: a minimum....(read more)
Known Crewmember - An AFA Victory for Flight Attendants
Over six years ago AFA introduced and advocated for a process that would recognize and include Flight Attendants as "known crewmembers," and provide a simplified and more streamlined process for screening procedures for Flight Attendants. In October 2012 Flight Attendants began to take advantage of the Known Crewmember (KCM) program, and on January 13, 2015 Flight Attendants were granted access to the KCM Checkpoints without their uniforms. As First Responders, we are an instrumental part of aviation security and have a personal role in security onboard the aircraft. We take that role seriously and, as part of the known security network, the KCM program recognizes the importance of the work we do and role we fulfill.
AFA promoted and was the first to introduce the idea, which subsequently resulted in legislation that contemplates a process by which Flight Attendant clearance through passenger screening procedures is expedited using established security clearances related to our employment as certified safety and security professionals. AFA partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in a process that will allow quicker crew transit time through airports and permit the TSA to focus on passengers vs. known and trusted Flight Attendants. This initiative is supported by the Flight Attendant Coalition and will benefit all Flight Attendants with Union representation.