Welcome to the NEW Air Wisconsin AFA Website
Welcome to the new Air Wisconsin AFA-CWA page. From here, you can view information about our Union, about our Locals, our Master Executive Committee, as well other pertinent information about AFA.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of your LEC or MEC Officers. You can also send an email to Michael.Bounds@arwafa.org, and a reply will be given within 24 – 48 hours.
Air Wisconsin AFA Shoutout at BOD
During the 2019 Board of Directors Meeting in Denver, CO – Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants received special recognition during Sara Nelson’s Presidential Address. She spoke about Jackie Schmidt, our # 1 Flight Attendant on the Seniority List not having a pay raise in several years (and all of us) – and used Lauren Week’s catch-phrase “We want pay raises, like y’all want quick turns.“
Appleton (ATW) Picketing Coverage
On March 15, 2019 the ARW – AFA MEC and others picketed in Appleton, Wisconsin showing solidarity and unity in their fight for higher pay, better benefits, and other items. Check out the media coverage below.
Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants Picket at Appleton International Airport
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Flight Attendants Cheer the Cabin Air Safety Act to Stop Toxic Fumes in the Cabin
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today praised Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), along with Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), who introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 to protect airline passengers and crew from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air.
“Senators Blumenthal, Feinstein, and Markey and Representative Garamendi are true champions for clean air onboard planes for Flight Attendants and passengers. We thank them and encourage their Senate colleague to join this legislation as cosponsors. Our workspace is the public’s travel space and in that space today, crews and passengers are breathing toxins and it has to stop,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson.
AFA’s efforts to improve the cabin environment span the last three decades, from advocating for smoke-free skies to stopping poisonous pesticide spraying to addressing the dangers of contaminated bleed air. We advocate that the airline industry either end the use of engine bleed air for cabin air supply like on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or mitigate the circulation of contaminated air. In 2015, AFA was an active member of the ICAO task group that published Circular 344, which advises airlines to enhance their operational procedures to minimize onboard exposure to smoke and fumes. This led to an FAA Safety Alert published in 2018.
“Most Americans go to work with the expectation of breathing clean air. Flight Attendants don’t have this guarantee, and it is past time for that to change.” Nelson stated.
The Cabin Air Safety Act is bills in the House and Senate are H.R.2208 and S.1112, respectively.
Selene Saavedra Roman Statement After Release from ICE Detention
Washington, DC (March 22, 2019) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) is overjoyed that after 6 weeks in ICE custody, Mesa Flight Attendant Selene Saavedra Roman was released this evening.
“Being released is an indescribable feeling. I cried and hugged my husband and never wanted to let go,” stated Selene Saavedra Roman. “I am thankful and grateful for the amazing people that came to fight for me, and it fills my heart. Thank you to everyone that has supported. I am just so happy to have my freedom back.”
The union issued a statement earlier this evening as well.
Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Release of Selene Saavedra Roman
Washington, DC (March 22, 2019) — Following the release of Mesa Flight Attendant Selene Saavedra Roman after 6 weeks in ICE custody, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) provided the following statement:
“I often say ‘Solidarity is a force stronger than gravity,’ and that proved true today. Since we launched our petition less than 18 hours ago, tens of thousands of flight attendants, social justice activists, political leaders, airline executives and everyday Americans from all walks of life came together to speak in one voice and demand Selene’s release. Today, solidarity won. We are deeply grateful to everyone who lifted their voices and helped reunite Selene with her husband. We will continue fighting to ensure that she is protected from any future intimidation or harassment and allowed to return to her life as a flight attendant peacefully.“
This event highlights the urgency of commonsense immigration reform and resolution for America’s children who are part of DACA. Our country is strong through our diversity. We are stronger together and better together.”
Flight Attendant Union and Mesa Airlines Seek Release of Selene Saavedra Roman
Washington, D.C. (March 22, 2019) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) and Mesa Airlines are calling on the Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to immediately review the case of DREAMer Selene Saavedra Roman, release her from detention, and drop all charges against her after she was detained during while working as a certified flight attendant.
“We are deeply sorry Selene and her husband have had to endure this situation. It is patently unfair for someone to be detained for six weeks over something that is nothing more than an administrative error and a misunderstanding,” said Mesa Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein. “We are doing everything in our power to ask the administration to release Selene, and drop all charges stemming from this horrible situation.”
“Our union is mobilizing and we will not stop fighting until Selene is returned home and all charges dropped,” said Sara Nelson, AFA President. “We will fight with every tool at our disposal until justice is done, Selene is reunited with her husband and cleared of these outrageous charges.”
Selene came to the United States as an undocumented child from Peru at 3 years old. She grew up in Texas, graduated from Texas A&M, attained legal status under Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), and married a U.S. citizen. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have already granted her I-130 Petition, which puts her on the path to lawful permanent residency.
Despite the fact that she is lawfully in this country with the ability to work and has a pathway to permanent residence, Selene has been held since February by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a privately-run detention facility in Conroe, Texas. She is threatened with deportation to Peru, a country she has never known.
“She has followed the rules, paid taxes, and is currently in process to citizenship,” said Nelson. “The United States is her country and we need to bring her home.”
Air Wisconsin AFA Leaders Represent Flight Attendants at 2019 BOD
The 47th Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held in Denver, CO this year on April 20. This one – day budget only meeting focused on the current strategic initiatives of the Union.
Pictured here are your ARW – AFA MEC members (and guests), as well the AFA – CWA International Officers.
From left to right starting on the second row: Juli Biggar, LEC 29 (MKE) President; Jaime Martinez, LEC 03 (ORD) President; Mikaela Macanas, MEC Vice President; Kevin Creighan, AFA – CWA International Secretary; Peter Swanson, ARW Staff Attorney.
Pictured left to right on the front row: Guy Bosworth, AFA International Staff Representative; Deb Sutor, AFA – CWA International Vice President; Sara Nelson, AFA – CWA International President; Ernie Lazernick, MEC President & LEC 28 (IAD / CAE) President; Michael Bounds, MEC Secretary – Treasurer; and Derric McDaniel, LEC 03 (ORD) Vice President (Guest).
Flight Attendant and Labor Allies Rally to Bridge the Gap!
The AFA Executive Board and labor allies from the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, United Mine Workers of America, and UNITE HERE! rallied in Washington, D.C. at the House of Labor to #BridgeTheGap for Flight Attendants and aviation workers at regional airlines. Flight Attendants at Air Wisconsin (United), PSA (American), and Endeavor (Delta) are currently in negotiations.
“Flight Attendants at regional airlines serve as aviation’s first responders on American, United, Delta. They do the same work and care for the same passengers as mainline Delta, American, and United flights, but are compensated on average 45% less,” said Sara Nelson, AFA President. “It’s just not right and it’s certainly not fair. Airlines aren’t hurting, but many airline employees are. We’re fighting to fix that.”
Watch our very own President Ernie Lazernick state “For too long my fellow Flight Attendants have served our passengers with superior service to help Air Wisconsin profit millions of dollars only to receive an empty “thank you for a job well done.”” Enough is enough!
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