Posts Tagged ‘Government Affairs Hotline’

1.10.22 – January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Monday, January 10, 2022 January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day Wear Blue to Raise Awareness Are you ready for #WearBlueDay? On Tuesday, January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, join the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign, as well as other organizations and individuals across the country, in wearing blue to encourage public awareness…

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1.07.22 – Government Affairs Update: 10-Hour Minimum Rest

Friday, January 7, 2022 Flight Attendant Unions File Joint Submission on the 10-Hour Minimum Rest Regulation This week, APFA, along with other Flight Attendant Unions, jointly submitted official comments on the proposed 10-hour minimum rest rule. The joint filing discusses the increasing responsibilities of Flight Attendants and the many studies that show how fatigue can impair…

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12.14.21 – Government Affairs Update- December 14, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Deirdre Hamilton Confirmed to the National Mediation Board (NMB) Appointed by President Biden, Deirdre Hamilton has been confirmed by a 52-48 Senate vote to serve on the National Mediation Board. Hamilton has experience as a staff attorney and legal counsel for multiple Unions, including Teamsters and AFA-CWA. She has a solid…

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11.06.21 – An Update on Disruptive Passengers and Flight Attendant Assaults

Saturday, November 6, 2021 An Update on Disruptive Passengers and Flight Attendant Assaults Incidents involving disruptive passengers have reached epidemic proportions. The FAA has received 5,033 formal complaints about unruly passengers this year alone. Substantial consequences are necessary to demonstrate that this behavior will not be tolerated. This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department…

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10.28.21 – Airline Union Leaders Applaud Illinois Legislature For Supporting Aviation, Worker Sick Leave

Thursday, October 28, 2021 Airline Union Leaders Applaud Illinois Legislature for Supporting Aviation, Worker Sick Leave Following the Illinois House vote to extend the Illinois Sick Leave Act protections to aviation workers, airline workers presidents of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the…

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10.27.21 – Active Flight Attendant Legislation in Washington

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Active Flight Attendant Legislation in Washington PUMP Act (H.R. 3110) Passes the House The House of Representatives passed the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (H.R. 3110) by a significant bipartisan majority. The legislation guarantees working moms (including Flight Attendants and Pilots) the right to pump at work. Thank you for calling your…

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10.21.21 – Flight Attendant 10-Hour Minimum Rest Regulation Unblocked

Thursday, October 21, 2021 Flight Attendant 10-Hour Minimum Rest Regulation Unblocked In October 2018, a bipartisan and nearly unanimous Congress passed a law to increase our Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) minimum rest from 8 to 10 non-reducible hours. However, in 2018, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary determined that the regulation must go through an arduous…

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10.21.21 – Call to Action: Support the PUMP Act

Thursday, October 21, 2021 Call Your Representative and Tell Them to Support the PUMP Act Thank you to all the Flight Attendants who completed the survey about pumping on the job, which provided valuable data that informed Congress about the importance of ensuring Flight Attendants are included in legislation for nursing mothers in the workplace. We…

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9.29.21 – Government Shutdown Looming

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 Government Shutdown Looming If Congress does not act before midnight on Friday, October 1st, the federal government will shut down. We’ve seen this before. During the 2018-2019 shutdown, 40% of the workers at the Federal Aviation Administration, including the agency’s safety inspectors, were furloughed, and that could happen again. In addition…

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9.23.21 – APFA Flight Attendant Teddy Andrews Testifies Before Congress On Air Rage

Thursday, September 23, 2021 APFA Flight Attendant Teddy Andrews Testifies Before Congress on Air Rage This morning, one of our own, CLT-based Flight Attendant Teddy Andrews, testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation. At the hearing, titled Disruption in the Skies: The Surge in Air Rage and its Effects on Workers, Airlines, and…

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9.20.21 – Save the Date: Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation: Air Rage

Monday, September 20, 2021 Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation: Air Rage “Disruption in the Skies: The Surge in Air Rage and its Effects on Workers, Airlines and Airports” Thursday, September 23, 2021 10:00 am (EDT) Air rage has become an everyday occurrence for Flight Attendants. We are experiencing verbal assaults daily and physical assaults with a frequency never…

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8.20.21 – Federal Mask Mandate Extended Through January 18th

Friday, August 20, 2021 Federal Mask Mandate Extended Through January 18th The federal mandate requiring that masks be worn on airplanes and in airports has been extended through January 18th. Passengers and aviation workers, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear masks while traveling. Air travel is shared space, and some of our passengers, including…

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8.13.21 – Government Affairs Update – August 13, 2021

Friday, August 13, 2021 DFW Airport Infrastructure Meeting with DOT Secretary Buttigieg and Texas Leaders On Wednesday, APFA President Julie Hedrick joined Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on an infrastructure tour of the Dallas Fort Worth airport, along with Representatives Colin Allred (TX-22), Marc Veasey (TX-32), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), three local members…

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7.12.21 – Make an ImPACt – Join the APFA Political Action Committee (PAC)

Monday, July 12, 2021 Make an ImPACt Join the APFA Political Action Committee (PAC) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe47ycECUws The aviation industry is highly regulated, and what happens in the halls of Congress impacts our work environment on a daily basis. Even though some Representatives may not fully understand how our industry operates, the way they vote could potentially…

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7.05.21 – Frontline Worker Human Trafficking Survey

Monday, July 5, 2021 What if you could help someone be free from human trafficking? APFA is partnering with United Against Slavery in a global effort to understand better the complex obstacles to liberating the 24.9 million people held in forced labor and commercial sex slavery. We are frontline workers in a vitally important industry…

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6.04.21 – Government Affairs Update: Illinois Sick Leave Act (SB 645)

Friday, June 4, 2021 Government Affairs Update: Illinois Sick Leave Act (SB 645) The Illinois Sick Leave Act allows workers to utilize earned sick time to care for a family member or committed partner without loss of income. This legislation expressly excluded workers under Title II of the RLA – which means Flight Attendants and…

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5.20.21 – Illinois Sick Leave Act

Thursday, May 20, 2021 Illinois Sick Leave Act The Illinois Sick Leave Act allows workers to utilize earned sick time to care for a family member or committed partner without loss of income. This legislation specifically excluded workers under Title II of the RLA – which means Flight Attendants and other aviation workers cannot use…

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5.11.21 – Protect Quality Jobs – Build the Middle Class

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Protect Quality Jobs – Build the Middle Class Fair and Open Skies Act Today, House Transportation & Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio introduced a bipartisan bill called the Fair and Open Skies Act. The legislation would preclude new foreign airlines from operating to and from the United States when they exploit “flags of…

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5.06.21 – COVID-19 Worldwide Efforts

Thursday, May 6, 2021 COVID-19 Worldwide Efforts Flying Between the U.S. and the U.K. APFA, along with aviation Unions and stakeholders, sent a letter urging President Biden and Prime Minister Johnson to consider easing travel restrictions between the US and the UK. With COVID-19 vaccines widely distributed in both countries, restarting the travel/tourism is crucial to our economic…

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5.01.21 – Federal Mask Mandate in Transportation Extended

Saturday, May 1, 2021 Federal Mask Mandate in Transportation Extended Yesterday, the federal requirement that face coverings are worn in public transportation, set to expire May 11th, 2021, was extended through September 13th, 2021. APFA called for a federal mask mandate at the onset of the pandemic a year ago. We are grateful that TSA…

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3.16.21 – Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) In March, we observe Women’s History Month and the historical milestones and accomplishments women have achieved. Who would have imagined that over a hundred years after women gained the right to vote (through the 19th amendment) that we would still be fighting to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? The ERA states, “equality of rights under the…

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3.10.21 – Payroll Support Program Extended through American Rescue Plan

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Payroll Support Program Extended through American Rescue Plan Aviation Jobs Protected Through September 30th, 2021 Today, working people across the country can celebrate – relief is on the way. The American Rescue Plan passed in the House of Representative and goes to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. Included…

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3.08.21 – Update on the American Rescue Plan/ Payroll Support Program

Monday, March 8, 2021 Update on the American Rescue Plan / Payroll Support Program The Senate worked into the weekend to pass the $1.9T COVID-19 relief package known as the American Rescue Plan. The bill includes language to continue the Payroll Support Program (PSP) through September 30th, 2021. Aviation workers across the country will be…

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3.02.21 – Update on the Continuation of the Payroll Support Program

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Update on the Continuation of the Payroll Support Program Over the weekend, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.9T stimulus package which included a six-month continuation of the Payroll Support Program (PSP). Flight Attendants, aviation employees, and our families who have been devastated by the pandemic have depended on Congress to…

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2.05.21 – Super Bowl Human Trafficking Awareness

Friday, February 5, 2021 Super Bowl Human Trafficking Awareness The Super Bowl, which this year takes place in Tampa, FL, on Sunday, is a sporting event that is considered to attract traffickers who try to profit off of their victims. These criminals often use the convenience of commercial aviation to transport victims. Flight Attendants are…

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2.02.21 – Tell Congress to Continue the Payroll Support Program (PSP)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Save Our Jobs Tell Congress to Continue the Payroll Support Program (PSP) In December, Congress passed an emergency relief package that restored 7,985 Flight Attendant jobs at American Airlines. We are thankful that this legislation provided immediate and much-need relief, but we knew that we would likely have to refocus our…

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1.25.21 – Join Senator Chuck Schumer for a Q & A Session

Monday, January 25, 2021 Join Senator Chuck Schumer for a Q & A Session APFA is excited to co-host a Q&A session with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday, January 29th, at 5pm ET. Join us and our Sisters and Brothers at APA for a virtual discussion with Senate Majority Leader and senior Senator of New…

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1.22.21 – Federal Mask Requirement on Airplanes

Friday, January 22, 2021 Federal Mask Requirement on Airplanes President Biden issued several executive orders in his first two days in office, including an order yesterday that requires that masks be worn on airplanes and in airports. While our airline already has this policy in place, the federal mandate provides necessary back-up for Flight Attendants…

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1.11.21 – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Monday, January 11, 2021 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and throughout January, we observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Sex and labor trafficking are happening every day, making human trafficking the second largest crime globally, after drug trafficking. Traffickers often use the convenience of commercial aviation to…

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