The AFA Executive Board met September 19-20, at AFA headquarters in Washington, DC, to discuss activities of the union and review the priorities set by the AFA Board of Directors. On September 19, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt (pictured second from the left) addressed the AFA Executive Board and fielded questions from the participants on issues including Flight Attendant fatigue regulations, health and safety standards in the cabin and funding for the FAA. Leaders also reviewed the most economical options for our AFA Board of Directors (BOD), which will meet February 2012. The BOD is comprised of your AFA Local Council Presidents, who form AFA’s highest governing body.
The AFA MEC Presidents from US Airways, America West, Piedmont, PSA, Mesaba, Mesa and Air Wisconsin joined together this week to form the US Airways Flight Attendant Labor Alliance on behalf of 8,500 AFA members, to coordinate strategically in negotiations and in the public. Read the press release.
In other actions, the Executive Board passed a resolution in support of UNITE-HERE members who are on strike against certain Hyatt Hotels across the nation. In support of their struggle for a fair contract, AFA pledged to enforce contractual language that would honor UNITE-HERE’s picket lines and press management to honor the boycotts. We encourage you honor the boycott for any personal hotel accommodations that you may book and we ask that you educate your family, friends and neighbors about this important battle for workers. This is not unlike our own efforts to negotiate contracts that reflect our contributions. Hyatt is making money, but the corporation doesn’t want to share it with the front line workers who make the hotel a success.