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Flight Attendants are exposed to high level of radiation due to the amount of time we fly. Research and education must be done to mitigate this workplace risk and require airlines to educate Flight Attendants about the risks of radiation. In addition, we would like the FAA to conduct a study on the risks of cosmic radiation to Flight Attendants’ health and potential solutions.

The FAA is required to revisit air carrier training periodically. Unions, the airlines and the FAA participate in reevaluating current procedures and make recommendations for improvements to the FAA. The ACT ARC issues yearly reports.

ACT ARC - FAA Information

Comprised of 3 Working Groups:
Crew Resource Management (CRM)
High Energy Battery Fires (HEFTE) | FAA - High Energy Fires
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Legislative History

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2022

FAA Acting Administrator Billy Nolen signs the 10-hour minimum FAR rest for Flight Attendants into law. The regulation was passed in 2018 as part of the FAA Reauthorization Bill but implementation had been delayed.

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2021

APFA Flight Attendant Teddy Andrews testifies before Congress on physical and verbal abuse from disruptive passengers. APFA supports DOT’s Zero-Tolerance Policy against unruly passengers and increased fines for Flight Attendant assault. APFA also pushes the DOT to refer cases of Flight Attendant assault to the FBI for criminal review.

2020

APFA advocates for the Payroll Support Program (PSP) as part of the CARES Act. The PSP funding keeps the airlines afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, however, aviation Labor Unions weigh in with lawmakers to ensure any government aid would go directly to continued wages and healthcare benefits for frontline workers. The PSP prevents worker furloughs as well as prohibits stock buybacks and limits executive compensation. T&I Chair Peter DeFazio champions the PSP

After countless safety-related incidents on the airplane, the DOT announced that they will revise the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals. A service animal is now defined as a trained dog that can perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Emotional support animals are no longer considered to be a service animal, a loophole that has been often exploited.

2019

APFA brings 50 Flight Attendants to Washington to lobby Congress on cabin safety issues, including implementation of the 2018 FAA Bill and the state of our contract negotiations. Chair Peter DeFazio continues to be our major ally in implementing the 10-hour minimum rest regulation

APFA National President Lori Bassani testifies before House Aviation Subcommittee on various issues that Flight Attendants face, including FAA oversight, seat size and evacuation standards, cabin air quality, emotional support animals, 10-hour minimum rest, and the Boeing 737 MAX.

The Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is grounded worldwide after 346 people died in two crashes (Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302). APFA joins pilots and Labor partners in taking a hardline on aviation safety and government oversight.

A 35-day government shutdown ends as TSA and air traffic control workers have continued to work without pay. APFA and Labor partners are involved in pressuring lawmakers to re-fund and re-open the government to ensure aviation safety is not compromised.

2018

In advance of the passage of the 2018 FAA Bill, APFA brings 50 members to Washington to lobby Congress on cabin safety issues.

The 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill passes nearly unanimously with bipartisan support. The bill includes provisions to increase the minimum Flight Attendant rest to 10 hours, address toxic fume (cabin air quality) events in the cabin, and study emergency cabin evacuation standards considering various emerging factors of modern air travel.

2017

APFA brings Flight Attendant to Washington to lobby on the Fair & Open Skies issue. Three Middle Eastern air carriers receive government subsidies that threaten U.S. aviation jobs by creating an unlevel playing field.

APFA supports the FCC’s decision to ban voice calls on all U.S. commercial flights.

2016

Flight Attendant Fatigue. After years of studies, unions gain lawmakers support in addressing Flight Attendant fatigue.

2014

Voice Calls on Planes: Unions convince lawmakers to file legislation to keep voice calls off of planes. APFA provides testimony at the FAA.

APFA is appointed to the Air Carrier Training Aviation Rule Committee (ACT ARC)

2013

Human Trafficking APFA Flight Attendant Juan Carlos Ayub, DCA, attended an event on human trafficking awareness hosted by retired AA Flight Attendant Nancy Rivard. APFA asks all Flight Attendants to be vigilant and help combat this serious problem.

AA Flight Attendants have been leafleting in front of airports across the nation to notify passengers that we are against knives on board the aircraft.

APFA applauds that some Occupational Safety and Health protections will apply to Flight Attendants working on commercial aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalize a policy statement that corrects a nearly four-decade-old exclusion of OSHA in the passenger cabin.

2012

Flight Attendants Gain OSHA Protections. After 14 long years, the FAA bill contains language that designates the aircraft cabin as a work environment and under of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the FAA.

No Knives on Planes! Through Flight Attendant legislative efforts we are able to convince TSA to reverse this ill-advised plan to allow knives back on board our aircraft.

Pensions in Bankruptcy: APFA, along with the other unions, save pensions from termination and being turned over to the PBGC for LAA FAs during bankruptcy.

2009

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Technical Corrections Bill is passed. It guarantees crewmembers are now able to qualify for time off work. The original bill did not provide for our unique hourly pay structures.

Flight Attendant Classification: The Department of Labor reclassifies Flight Attendants from “personal care providers” to “essential transportation workers,” the same classification assigned to pilots and air traffic controllers.

Letters from APFA President to Congress regarding November 18 Informational Picketing - 11.06.09
AA ATI support letters to DOT and European Commission - 10.29.09
DEMOS report - “Flying Blind: Airline Deregulation, 30 Years Later" - 6.25.09
Download/read the Demos report here

2004

Flight Attendant Certification: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognizes Flight Attendants as onboard safety professionals, validating our role in public safety and as aviation security professionals.

2000

Penalties for Air Rage: Fines are increased from $1,200 up to $25,000 for air rage attacks by passengers against Flight Attendants.

1997

Smoking is Banned. Largely due to Flight Attendant efforts, smoking is banned on all commercial aircraft.

1979

Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Allows women to return to work without losing their jobs. Flight Attendants had previously been unfairly discharged.

1972

Sex Discrimination Against Men. The law covering Title VII was changed to allow the hiring of male Flight Attendants, striking down sex discrimination.

1964-1968

Flight Attendants as Pioneers. It is widely recognized that Flight Attendants led the charge in addressing workplace discrimination. Following the Age Discrimination Act of 1967, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces the ruling that bans age (aka Rule 32) and marriage discrimination against stewardesses.

Achievements

Joint letter to U.S. President Biden and U.K. Prime Minister Johnson on Reopening US and UK Air Travel - 5.03.21

Letters to Governors Lamont, Mills, Sununu, Scott, Raimondo, and Lieutenant Governor McKee from Julie Hedrick and APFA Base Presidents in Response to COVID-19 Vaccine - 2.01.21

APFA and AFA Joint Letter to President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Representative McCarthy, Senator McConnell Urging Extension of the PSP - 1.29.21

Letters to Governors Newsom, Baker, Wolf, Murphy, Carney, Hogan, Northam, and Mayor Bowser from Julie Hedrick and APFA Base Presidents in Response to COVID-19 Vaccine - 1.28.21

Letter to President Donald J. Trump Regarding the Payroll Support Program - 8.27.20

Letter from 223 members of Congress to House and Senate Leadership - 7.27.20

Joint Union Letter in Support of Payroll Support Extension - 7.15.20

Julie Hedrick Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, Leader Schumer - 6.25.20

CDC Response Letter - 6.18.20

Julie Hedrick Testimony for the Committee of Transportation Infrastructure - 6.09.20

Flight Attendant Exemption Workers’ Compensation Letter to NC, VA, MA, MO, TX, IL, and CA Governors - 5.05.20

Chicago Airport Mask Enforcement Letter - 4.29.20

COVID-19 Safety Letter to Secretary Chao - 4.23.20

COVID-19 Safety Letter to Congressman DeFazio - 4.20.20

COVID-19 Safety Letter to Leader Schumer - 4.20.20

Joint Union Letter to Secretary Mnuchin - 4.10.20

Congress Assesses Government Aid Package to Airline Industry in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Hotline) - 3.19.20

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Aviation Coalition Letter to Secretary Mnuchin, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, & Leader Schumer - 3.19.20

Aviation Labor Unions Letter to Congress - 3.19.20

Joint Labor Letter to Secretary Mnuchin, Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy, Leader McConnell, & Leader Schumer - 3.19.20

Letter to Leadership in Response to Coronavirus Stimulus Consumer and Labor Protections - 3.17.20

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Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

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