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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Congressman Marc Veasey Visits APFA Headquarters
Congressman Marc Veasey met with APFA National Officers and members at APFA Headquarters this week. Mr. Veasey has represented Texas’s 33rd District for the past 4 years and is running for re-election. The 33rd district encompasses parts of both Tarrant and Dallas Counties. DFW as our largest base, has over 5,000 Flight Attendants.
Congressman Veasey has been a strong advocate of APFA and of the larger labor movement since his earliest days in Washington. APFA members have visited him and his staff here in Texas as well as in Washington, D.C. and have always been warmly welcomed. It was an honor to show him our headquarters and have him meet some of the hardworking Flight Attendants and staff who are the heart and soul of our Union.
APFA President, Bob Ross, expressed to Mr. Veasey the importance of Congress understanding and supporting the roles of Flight Attendants as safety professionals and first responders. “After the tragedy of 9/11, which we felt personally, our roles changed forever. We are now the last line of defense in the aircraft,” he said.
Congressman Veasey reiterated what is at stake in this election and the importance of electing pro-labor candidates on November 8th. He also mentioned the Friedrich v. California case; a longer-term effort to weaken the labor movement and collective bargaining rights for all unions, both public and private.
In Texas, Mr. Veasey was at the center of the Voting Rights Act challenge where it was ruled that the Act placed an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote and disproportionally disenfranchised African Americans and Latinos.
Only Two Weeks Left to Vote
Less than two weeks remain before the national election on November 8th. Early voting is going strong, with millions having already voted. Texas had a record turn out this week.
Early and absentee voting are great ways for Flight Attendants to make sure their votes are cast and counted. The cut off for early voting varies by state, but deadlines are approaching quickly. Check with your county to find out your options.
As Flight Attendants, we know all too well how schedules change and delays happen, so take advantage of early or absentee voting and avoid getting inadvertently shut out of this year’s election. APFA members across the country can make a difference in many key states so get out and vote!
APFA Interim National Government Affairs Representative