Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
On March 16th, over 400 Flight Attendants from across the industry descended on Capitol Hill to Rally for Rest. Flight Attendants from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and the Transport Workers Union joined together to Fight for 10. They visited all 541 Congressional offices to advocate for these provisions.
Due to Flight Attendants' pressure, the Senate included a Fatigue Risk Management Plan in their version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill. AFA supported components achieved today during the Senate markup:
· FAA Fatigue Risk Management Plan
· Mechanical (non-chemical) Disinsection on Commercial Flights
· Human Trafficking Awareness Training
· Ban on Voice Communications in Flight
· No Knives on Planes
· FAA Review of Evacuation Certification Standards.
Currently, Flight Attendant rest includes passenger deplaning, preflight preparation and passenger boarding within the rest period which means that the opportunity to actually sleep is closer to 4 or 5 hours before potentially working another 14 hour duty day. AFA’s “Fight for 10” also includes a Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for reporting instances of fatigue to take steps to correct it. The FRMP also provides education for Flight Attendants to determine when they are fatigued and what steps can be taken to avoid it, in addition to proper rest. For more information on AFA's Fight for 10, visit FightFor10.org.
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