Posts Tagged ‘Government Affairs’

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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12.28.20 – Payroll Support Program Extension Becomes Law

Monday, December 28, 2020 Payroll Support Program Extension Becomes Law Yesterday, the Emergency Pandemic Relief Legislation was signed into law. This was a Union-led effort, and this would not have happened without your calls, emails, and tweets. This legislation includes $15B for the Payroll Support Program (PSP), which: recalls and restores seniority of 7,985 American Airlines Flight Attendants guarantees wages…

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12.21.20 – Payroll Support Program (PSP) Extended

Monday, December 21, 2020 Payroll Support Program (PSP) Extended in Emergency Pandemic Relief Legislation Secures Aviation Jobs Moments ago, Congress passed an emergency relief package that will return the jobs of tens of thousands of furloughed aviation workers and provide much-needed relief to Americans across the country. The bill includes $15B for the Payroll Support Program (PSP), which: recalls and restores seniority…

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12.20.20 – ACTION ALERT – Payroll Support Program Legislation

Sunday, December 20, 2020 ACTION ALERT – Payroll Support Program Legislation Congress will soon vote on a bipartisan, bicameral emergency pandemic relief package. Because of your tireless efforts, an extension of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) is included in the proposed legislation. We are optimistic, but our activism cannot stop here. NOW is when we…

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12.17.20 – Keep Up the Calls This Week!

Thursday, December 17, 2020 We Are Close – But We Are Not Finished Keep Up The Calls This Week! Congress continues to negotiate an emergency relief package, but an agreement has not yet been finalized. Americans need immediate relief, and Congress is also up against a government funding deadline. We need action NOW. Get on the phone lines…

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12.07.20 – Update on the Payroll Support Program – Let’s Push!

Monday, December 7, 2020 Update on the Payroll Support Program – Let’s Push! We are expecting an eventful two weeks in Washington as we approach the end of the year, in part because a government funding bill must be passed by Friday, December 11th, to avert a government shutdown. It is possible, and perhaps likely, Congress…

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12.02.20 – APFA Applauds Service Animal Safety Enhancements

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 APFA Applauds Service Animal Safety Enhancements Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) narrowed the definition of service animals allowed in the cabin of commercial aircraft. The new rule’s central principle classifies a “service animal” as a dog trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a…

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11.27.20 – Extend PSP Action Week Starts Monday

Friday, November 27, 2020 Save Our Jobs – Support the Economy! Next week will mark two months since American Airlines furloughed 7,985 APFA members. In addition, thousands of US aviation workers were also temporarily laid off due to the ongoing pandemic severely affecting the airline industry. With the US Presidential election behind us, we must demand that our…

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