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In this Edition (October 22, 2015):

  • 15 Years of Wings Over Wall Street
  • Minimum Rest Fight Continues

15 Years of Wings Over Wall Street

AFA Members, Toni Diamond and Warren Schiffer, became founders of the extraordinary benefit, "Wings Over Wall Street" when Toni was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. They turned their greatest challenge into inspiring work to fight ALS through research funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2004 we lost Toni, our flying partner, but her care-giver husband, Warren, continues to work in her memory.  

Watch this video of a radio interview Warren recently did explaining why he is so passionate about Wings and its cause:

Wings brings together the spirit of our work in the skies, the financial contributions of Wall Street and an event that has celebrity appeal to become a multi-million dollar benefit each fall. Wings has accomplished a great deal by raising millions of dollars and none of this would have been possible without the support of Union Members and the generosity of the business community.

You can contribute, even a dollar makes a difference. Make a secure ONLINE DONATION. AFA is proud of Warren's activism and proud to support Wing Over Wall Street. Congratulations on 15 years of making a difference!  

Minimum Rest Fight Continues

Flight Attendants are entrusted with the safety, health, and security of our passengers on a daily basis. The FAA reauthorization, and Congress, is critical to promoting and maintaining the highest safety standards in our industry.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Sept. 28 to extend federal aviation funding until March 2016. While it is welcome news that the funding has been extended, we must continue to fight for the inclusion of provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Bill that call for an increased rest time of 10 hours.

Studies have been commissioned by Congress making it clear that more rest should be mandated for Flight Attendants, but the regulations remain paltry, and with the rules in place today, Flight Attendants could have a mere 8 hours of rest following a 14-hour duty day. Unfortunately, those 8 hours don't add up to 8 hours of sleep; we still have work to do as soon as the clock starts ticking before we can get some sleep.

We are fighting to achieve the minimum rest of 10 hours now required for our counterparts in the flight deck along with a Fatigue Risk Management Plan that will allow us a meaningful program to address fatigue issues in the operation. But we need every Flight Attendant voice included. Tens of thousands of petition signatures have been hand delvered to Congressional offices. These signatures urge Congress to provide a 10 hour minimum rest between duty period. Sign the petition now.

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