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The impact on aviation safety will only worsen as the shutdown continues. The Savvy Stews and The Jet Set will be joining with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA to support NATCA (National Air Traffic Controllers Association) to call for an end to the use of workers as pawns.

NATCA Rally to End the Government Shutdown
AFA will be speaking at this rally.
When: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Time: 1:00pm at rally site, or meet at the CWA building by 12:30 pm to transit as a group to the rally site.
Where: First Street NE & Constitution Ave NE
Senate East Front Plaza, Grassy Area #9
Wear: Flight Attendant uniform / AFA-CWA Red Shirt

Here is a statement from AFA:

January 8, 2019 – From Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines:

“The government shutdown must end. As it continues, over 11 million working people that count on a stable aviation system are put in jeopardy. We commend the patriotic frontline government workers, including air traffic control, transportation security officers, and air marshals who have come to work without any certainty of recovering lost wages or overtime for their service during the shutdown. As their paychecks stop this week, our safety and security as well as our economic stability comes into question. Federal safety, security and ATC workers worried about their families, their rent, and their ability to put food on the table will inevitably be distracted from the laser focus required on aviation safety and security. If the lack of a paycheck causes spiraling attrition with no ability to hire new workers, the entire system will begin to unravel.”

“This shutdown jeopardizes the jobs of our members, but even before that, it means that critical functions such as cybersecurity work and safety reporting systems are unfunded. Aviation takes a full team of people performing multiple functions of safety and security, and the shutdown unravels those protections. Aviation safety and security is non-negotiable. The reason for this shutdown is purported to be over national security, but the shutdown itself is jeopardizing aviation safety and security systems as well as the livelihood of the people who make our airlines fly. That is unacceptable and we will fight to put an end to it to protect our members and the traveling public.”

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Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants Picket Airline For A Living Wage

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Over 20 Air Wisconsin flight attendants picketed at the airport of Appleton, Wisconsin, which is home to the regional carrier that pays many of them as little as $15,000 a year and bases them in some of the most expensive areas of the country.

“To live in Washington DC on these wages is nearly impossible. People may say for me to get another job, but someone will still have to work for $15, 000 a year in Washington DC! What management is doing to hard working people is not right!” — Air Wisconsin flight attendant

“They are living in poverty wages,” said Toni Higgins, an Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International staff representative and former flight attendant to USA Today Network-Wisconsin

Ernie Lazernick, president of the Air Wisconsin unit of AFA-CWA to USA Today

“A lot of them end up working extra jobs, so they’re working 2-3 jobs just to make ends meet and pay their health care bills and food and lodging and their rent,” she said. “They want to take good care of their passengers and when you’re stressed about not being able to pay your bills, it’s really hard on them.”

“The airline industry has been very profitable over the years, and it’s their time to increase (flight attendants’) wages to a living wage.”

Lazernick pointed out that although AirWis management has refused to raise the pay of flight attendants since 2007, they have been offered bonuses.

Ernie Lazernick, president of the Air Wisconsin unit of AFA-CWA, said flight attendants are guaranteed 70 hours a month with a starting pay of $17.51. The company has so far responded with an offer of a 1.8 percent raise, and a subsequent offer of 2 percent.

 

 

 

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