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9.02.19 – APFA PHL Base Brief – Flight Attendant Labor Movement Over the Years

Monday, September 2, 2019

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Flight Attendant Labor Movement Over the Years

1940’s – Airline Stewardesses Association wins recognition as the first Union for Flight Attendants.

1952 – Civil Air Administration requires Flight Attendants on commercial aircraft as Cabin Safety Professionals.

1964 – Civil Rights Act passes and Flight Attendants use Title VII of the act to challenge policies based on gender, race, age, weight, pregnancy, and marital status.

1968 – Mandatory resignations at ages 30-35 struck down.

1971 – Courts prohibit airlines from refusing to hire males as Flight Attendants.

1987 – FAA issues a policy limiting number of carry on bags.

1994 – FAA issues duty time regulations for Flight Attendants.

2001 – September 11th rocked the airline industry and brought Flight Attendants to the forefront as First Responders.

2003 – Congress passes F/A Certification Legislation.

2013 – Congress passes the adjustment to the FAA Re-Authorization Bill recognizing Airline Employees unique work schedules and allows access to to the legal protection of FMLA

2015 – Flight Attendants get the FAA and Congress to pass a bill to ban knives onboard all commercial aircraft.

These are only some of the achievements the unionized Flight Attendant Labor movement has achieved over the last few decades, and we continue to strive to make our profession stronger and safer.

On this Labor Day, take pride in these accomplishments through decades of hard work and unity. We celebrate labor work groups across the country for their hard work and accomplishments for their trades or professions.

It has been said before and we will say it again: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”

Happy Labor Day.

In Unity and Solidarity,

Kim Kaswinkel
APFA PHL Base President

Tracey Montanari
APFA PHL Base Vice President

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Euless, Texas 76040

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