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We've seen catastrophe before. We know what didn't work before and we won't let those things happen again. We need relief that focuses on real people. And we have a plan for that. Send a letter to your Members of Congress to demand that any public relief plan be a People First plan with legally-binding rules, including paycheck continuation.

The airline industry is in crisis. Our jobs and our paychecks are on the line.

COVID-19 Airline Relief Starts with Workers

March 16, 2020 — AFA is working around the clock to fight for our health and safety and our jobs. Listen to this message:

March 14, 2020

Dear Delta Flying Partners:

This is a really difficult and uncertain time across the industry and around the world. The capacity cuts that CEO Ed Bastian announced yesterday are deep: “an overall capacity reduction in the next few months of 40 percent – the largest capacity reduction in Delta’s history, including 2001.” More details from his announcement are included at the end of this newsletter update.

Our AFA pin is a symbol of our collective strength. When we wear the AFA pin, it shows our flying partners and management that we support our union. It’s our legal right to wear it as a part of our uniform – including our newest flying partners still on probation. This pin means we are never alone!

  • March 18 BOS Happy Hour Gathering
    6:00-8:00pm
    Location: ReelHouse
    RSVP HERE

  • March 31 NYC Kew Gardens
    4:00-7:00pm
    Location: Austin’s Ale House
    RSVP HERE

  • April 9 LAX Happy Hour Gathering
    6:00-8:00pm
    Location: The Proud Bird

Review AFA's Resource page for the latest information on COVID-19, our advocacy for occupational resources to protect crew and passengers, and refreshers on how to best utilize universal precautions. At airlines where AFA has contracts we are interfacing directly with management on safety and health procedures as well as issues related to pay protection and reassignment.

Resource page: afacwa.org/coronavirus

We have been working with airlines on the following actions to mitigate risk and protect crews.

If the company says it will take years, what they mean is that they do not plan to respect the democratic vote of the Flight Attendants and act in good faith to negotiate the contract. AFA has the experience and ability to complete negotiations within a year of the representation vote.

This is the process to get to a first contract at Delta:

We’ve all faced moments of crisis in our professional and personal lives, when our problems overwhelm normal coping strategies. AFA makes sure you have someone to talk to – in fact, we train your peers to help you solve your problems without resorting to company involvement.

We continued our visibility in the lounges and at the airports on Profit Sharing Day! Delta AFA activists spread our message: If you like your profit sharing, let’s organize to lock it in with AFA.

Willa Brown was the first African American woman in the U.S. to be a licensed pilot, earning her pilot's license in 1937. Brown was also a tireless promoter of the positive role that African Americans could play in aviation. In 1946, she also became the first African American woman to run for Congress.