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.

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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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