CALL NOW: Tell Your Representative to Support the AIRR Act!

July 13, 2017

The House FAA Reauthorization Bill (H.R. 2997) protects our jobs from outsourcing and sets 10 hours non-reducible minimum rest for Flight Attendants. This is our opportunity to make these provisions law. But it won't happen without your action.

Call your Representative TODAY at 855-980-2366 and tell them to support the 21st Century AIRR Act (H.R. 2997)!

Here's what you can say when you are connected:

"I'm your constituent and a Flight Attendant. I'm calling to urge my Representative to vote YES on H.R. 2997 when it comes to the House floor. This FAA Reauthorization bill ensures I have 10 hours non-reducible rest and prevents the outsourcing of my job. Flight Attendants can't wait any longer for these safety and job protections. Please vote YES on H.R. 2997. Thank you."

Calling is easy: When you dial the number, you will automatically be connected to one of your Senator's or Representative's office after a brief message. It may take several attempts to reach both, so keep calling every day!

Why are Flight Attendants supporting H.R. 2997? The bill advances priority safety and job protections for Flight Attendants, including:

  • Flags Don't Fly Here — prevents the DOT from awarding foreign air carrier permits to airlines that use the flags-of-convenience model
  • 10 Hours Non-Reducible Rest and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan for Flight Attendants
  • Banning Voice Calls on Planes
  • Secondary Cockpit Barriers
  • Customer Service Agent Assault Penalties
  • Cabin Evacuation Certification Standards
  • Impact of Seat Pitch on Safety
  • Nursing Rooms in Airports
  • Improved Insecticide Notification
  • Expanded Airport Personnel Human Trafficking Awareness Training
  • Improved Lithium Ion Battery Regulations

Equal Rest for Flight Attendants: Call Your Senators NOW

Date: June 23, 2017

Both the Senate and the House FAA Reauthorization Bills have been introduced. The House bill includes our Fightfor10 language but the Senate bill falls short with 10 hours, reducible to only 9 hours rest.  Tell your Senators we need 10 hours minimum rest equal with the flight deck and not a minute less!


Here's what you can say when you are connected:

"I'm your constituent and a Flight Attendant. Studies show I can become fatigued at work. I'm calling to urge the Commerce Committee to include 10-hour, non-reducible minimum rest for Flight Attendants and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in S. 1405. Thank you."

Call your Senators TODAY at 855-534-1774!

Calling is easy: When you dial the number, you will automatically be connected to one of your Senator's and Representative's offices after a brief message. It may take several attempts to reach both, so keep calling!

For more information on our #Fightfor10 Campaign visit afacwa.org.

 

Date: May 10, 2017

Fight for 10The Senate is drafting their version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill and we need them to make combatting Flight Attendant fatigue a top priority.

Tell Senators to include our 10 hours minimum rest provision along with a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) in the base bill.

Call your Senator TODAY at 855-534-1774 and tell them Flight Attendants need 10 hours minimum rest and not a minute less!

Congressional fatigue studies confirm we need more rest. This is about safety, health and equality - the flight deck has 10 hours minimum rest and so should we.

At a Senate Hearing last week, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) promised to include AFA's 10-hour minimum rest and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in the FAA Reauthorization Bill this year.

Call your Senator TODAY at 855-534-1774! Calling is easy: When you dial the number, you will automatically be connected to one of your Senator's offices after a brief message. It may take several attempts to reach both your Senators, so keep calling!

Here's what you can say when you are connected:

"I'm your constituent and a Flight Attendant. Studies show I can become fatigued at work. I'm calling to urge the Commerce Committee to include 10-hour, non-reducible minimum rest for Flight Attendants and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Thank you."

For more information on our #Fightfor10 Campaign visit afacwa.org.

 

Fight for 10: Tell Your Senators to Support Bill S.3421

October 4, 2016 - We must raise the standards for all Flight Attendants with 10 hours minimum rest and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) that addresses real problems of fatigue in the operation.

That's why our union worked with U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jean Shaheen (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), to keep this important aviation safety issue in front of Congress.

TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senator to close this loophole in aviation safety and #Fightfor10!

The bill, S. 3421, would harmonize Flight Attendant rest and fatigue language in the House version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill. The Senate version included a FRMP for Flight Attendants, but failed to include irreducible 10 hours minimum rest.

We've achieved more on this than ever before, but we won't rest until the job is done and Flight Attendant fatigue is put to bed.

Tell your Senator to close this loophole in aviation safety and #Fightfor10!

Rally for REST Event Recap

Over 300 Flight Attendants from across the industry descended on Captiol Hill to Rally for Rest. Flight Attendants from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the Transport Workers Union joined together to Fight for 10. They visited all 541 Congressional offices to advocate for these provisions.

Due to Flight Attendants' pressure the Senate included a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in their version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill. AFA supported components achieved today during the Senate markup:

  • FAA Fatigue Risk Management Plan
  • Mechanical (non-chemical) Disinsection on Commercial Flights
  • Human Trafficking Awareness Training
  • Ban on Voice Communications in Flight
  • No Knives on Planes
  • FAA Review of Evacuation Certification Standards.

Photos from event >

Rally for Rest

TAKE ACTION: 
Make Calls to Senate NOW for 10 Hours Rest!

February 23, 2016

The Senate is drafting their version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill this week - and we need them to make combatting Flight Attendant fatigue a top priority.

It's time to tell Senators to include our 10 hours minimum rest provision along with a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) in the base bill.

The time for talk is done. Fatigue studies confirm we need more rest. This is about safety, health and equality - the flight deck has 10 hours minimum rest and so should we.

Studies confirm Flight Attendant fatigue occurs more frequently than originally known. In an era of heightened security with the need for constant vigilance, Flight Attendants cannot afford to be impaired on the job due to fatigue.

Call your Senator TODAY:

Sample Script:

"Hello, my name is _________ and I live in _________. I'm a Flight Attendant calling to urge Senator _____________ to include 10 hours minimum rest and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan for Flight Attendants in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. This was already included with bi-partisan support in the House version of the bill. This is about safety, my health and equality. And it is essential to maintaining the world's safest aviation system."

Check the list below - if your Senator is listed your call is especially important.

If your Senator is not listed, we encourage you to make the call anyway and simply revise the script to say you expect your Senator to support Flight Attendant rest in the FAA Reauthorization Bill.

State Senator Number
WA Maria Cantwell 202-224-3441
CT Richard Blumenthal 202-224-2823
FL Bill Nelson 202-224-5274
HI Brian Schatz 202-224-3934
MA Edward J. Markey 202-224-2742
MI Gary C. Peters 202-224-6221
MN Amy Klobuchar 202-224-3244
MO Claire McCaskill 202-224-6154
NJ Cory A. Booker 202-224-3224
NM Tom Udall 202-224-6621
WV Joe Manchin 202-224-3954
SD John Thune 202-224-2321
AK Dan Sullivan 202-224-3004
CO Cory Gardner 202-224-5941
FL Marco Rubio 202-224-3041
KS Jerry Moran 202-224-6521
MO Roy Blunt 202-224-5721
MS Roger F. Wicker 202-224-6253
MT Steve Daines 202-224-2651
NE Deb Fischer 202-224-6551
NH Kelly Ayotte 202-224-3324
NV Dean Heller 202-224-6244
TX Ted Cruz 202-224-5922
WI Ron Johnson 202-224-5323

Flight Attendants Cement Essential 10 Hour Rest Provision in House FAA Reauthorization Bill

Washington, DC (February 11, 2016) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) cheered the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their action to amend the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2016 (AIRR Act) to include a 10 hour minimum rest provision based on science and sought by Flight Attendants for decades. This FAA Reauthorization Bill will set the priorities and funding for U.S. aviation for the coming years.

"Proper rest is critical for Flight Attendants to do our work as aviation's first responders. We worked very hard to achieve this common sense regulation and we will continue to push until the minimum 10 hour rest becomes law. Science confirms Flight Attendant fatigue is real and we must all commit to combat fatigue for the continued safest transportation system in the world. AFA commends members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for working with us on proper rest and all of our safety initiatives for this bill," said AFA International President Sara Nelson.

Currently, after working 14 hours federal regulations allow Flight Attendant rest to be reduced to 8 hours from the time the plane arrives until it departs again. Passenger deplaning, preflight preparation and passenger boarding is included within the rest period which means that the opportunity to actually sleep is closer to 4 or 5 hours before potentially working another 14 hour duty day. AFA's "Fight for 10" also includes a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for reporting instances of fatigue. The FRMP also provides education for Flight Attendants to determine when they are fatigued and what steps in addition to proper rest that can be taken to avoid it.

AFA supported components of the bill include:

  • FAA Minimum Rest of 10 Hours and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan

  • Human Trafficking Awareness Training

  • Ban on Voice Communications in Flight

  • A Review of Evacuation Certification Standards

  • Secondary Barriers

  • Improved Notification of Insecticide Use

  • Smoking Ban for E-Cigarettes

AFA successfully led the fight against smoking onboard and supported the Norton Amendment to ban e-cigarettes which passed 33-26. The House Committee mark up is on-going and the final product may include additional safety issues important to Flight Attendants and our aviation worker counterparts. AFA is working with key Senators to ensure the 10 Hour Rest and FRMP language is included in the Senate version of the bill.

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The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 70 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 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.


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