Flight Attendant Union Statement on
U.S. Grounding of 737 MAX
Washington, D.C. (March 13, 2019) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) President Sara Nelson released the following statement after the U.S. grounding of the 737 MAX fleet:
“It is good news that the 737 MAX will now get the focus it needs to address the concerns of undetermined safety issues. We must focus on the needed fix, rather than the uncertainty of flight.
“Lives must come first always. But a brand is at stake as well. And that brand is not just Boeing. It's America. What America means in international aviation and by extension in the larger world more generally—that we set the standard for safety, competence, and honesty in governance of aviation.
“We must be leaders in safety always. We thank all who spoke up. Aviation workers will always stand up for safety. We have that ability and right through our union. It's important to recognize the critical role unions play in raising issues, demanding the best of ourselves, of management , and government.”
Date: March 11, 2019
47th Annual Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting
March 20th Denver, CO.
Our 47th Annual Board of Directors (BOD) meeting will be held March 20th, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. This is a one-day budget only meeting where our leadership is tasked with approving the annual AFA budget. Local Councils and the MEC held meetings prior to the BOD for members to review the proposed budget.
Date: March 1, 2019
Association of Flight Attendants Scholarship Fund
The Association of Flight Attendants Scholarship Fund
is intended to provide financial assistance to dependents of our active members who will be attending a college or university. Application must be postmarked by April 10, 2019.
Find out more…
CWA Joe Beirne Foundation Scholarship
was established in October 1974 by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board to honor the name and memory of the founding President of CWA, who served for more than 30 years. In his capacity as the first CWA President, Joe Beirne took great pride in the roles he played in the fields of education and learning and other areas of social concern. Deadline April 30, 2018 11:59 P.M.
More Information here . . .
Union Plus - Free College Benefit
Active and Retired Members and their families can earn an associate degree completely online – for FREE. Details and application >
Help AFA Help You
REPORT TABLET CONCERNS
Problems or concerns with your tablet?
AFA has found out that all calls to the 800# for issues with the tablet go directly to AA and not to our management. AFA Safety needs to know what is happening so we can advocate for everyone. Please fill out the form here.
For other safety issues please go to Committees, Air Safety, Healthy & Security
Your ASHS Committee
It’s COLD outside . . .
Please keep sending in your temperature reports…..Cold ones too!
Do you sweat or freeze in the airplane cabin?
Download our App to report it!
Today, the FAA and the DOT have no operating requirements for cabin temperatures. As a result, in the summer, cabins can get too hot; in the winter, they can get too cold.
If it’s too hot, crew and passengers can experience symptoms ranging from the mild (fatigue, dizziness) to moderate (heat exhaustion) to catastrophic (heat stroke).
If it’s too cold, health effects range from cold stress to hypothermia.
Extreme temperatures also impact cabin operations, by degrading the crew’s awareness of possible security threats, increasing stress that can lead to air rage, medical emergencies, a return to the gate, and other operational disruptions.
Flight Attendants face these extreme conditions all too often. To make change, we need data to persuade regulators and legislators to establish airplane temperature standards. We define the problem with reports to get it fixed.
Download the iPhone/iPad or Android version of the 2Hot2Cold app, install it on your device, and submit reports on extreme temperature incidents you experience onboard flights.
In addition, come back often and check the links on afacwa.org/2hot2cold for the latest 2Hot2Cold news, updates on temperature events reported by the 2Hot2Cold community, as well as ways to inform the government and industry of your dissatisfaction.
Working together, we will end the scourge of 2Hot2Cold in air travel!
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.