Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

9.06.21 – Labor Day 2021

Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day 2021

On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march in a parade from City Hall to Union Square in New York City as a tribute to American workers. The march was organized by New York’s Central Labor Union and became the country’s first unofficial Labor Day parade. The workers included cigarmakers, dressmakers, printers, shoemakers, bricklayers, and other tradespeople. Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday. Today, this holiday honors American workers who have contributed to our country’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.

International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union march in a Labor Day parade

One year ago, 7,985 American Airlines Flight Attendants received furlough notices. Also, many of our colleagues took voluntary leaves of absence, while others chose to retire from a career earlier than they would have ever anticipated. The Payroll Support Program (PSP) was vital in helping to protect jobs and our airline. Congress needed to act fast. Unfortunately, time ran out, and 7,985 Flight Attendants were furloughed on October 3, 2020. But then, on December 21, 2020, it finally happened. Congress passed an emergency relief package that would return the jobs of tens of thousands of furloughed aviation workers, which included our furloughed Flight Attendants. American Airlines Flight Attendants made a difference through their dedication and persistence in calling, emailing, and tweeting our elected representatives led by our APFA Government Affairs Committee. That is the true definition of the labor movement!

AA Flight Attendants March in Washington, DC to Extend the PSP

Today, we reflect on those before us who stood up for what was right and fair for working-class citizens. Our APFA members have taken the torch from our founding Union members. APFA honors our strong Flight Attendants, who are the modern-day workers of our country. Always remember that you are the voice of our Union.

APFA Headquarters Closed Today

The APFA Headquarters is closed today in observance of Labor Day for our UAW Office Staff. The APFA office will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7, at 9:00 am (CDT).

APFA Live Messaging is available today from 0900 – 1700 (CDT) for contacting an APFA Contract/Scheduling Representative. Look for the button at APFA.org.

APFA wishes everyone a safe and healthy Labor Day.

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