Mary Oswald - MEC Chair
Government Affairs Committee Representatives
Pamela Adamson - Chair Brian McGovern
Rhondine Simmons Debra McKnight
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.
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.