Welcome From AFA’s International President

Dear Flight Attendants,

A few brave women pioneered our Flight Attendant career in 1945, and the tradition of excellence they initiated is alive and well today.  In the Association of Flight Attendants – CWA (AFA) you have a voice and a union focused on your career as a Flight Attendant.  From reserve to retirement, every member is important in our union – welcome to AFA!

When you join AFA you are joining hands with Flight attendants throughout the industry.  Our membership includes Flight Attendants working at mainline, regional, low cost, niche and charter airlines.  We understand that if airline management is able to lower standards for our career anywhere it is a threat to our careers everywhere.  We work together in our union to unify and amplify our voices and lift the standards for all of us.

AFA is recognized as the voice for Flight Attendants on Capitol Hill and in the media all over the world, and our contracts have led the industry for years.  Our union understand better than any other how to negotiated Flight Attendant contracts, enforce them on a daily basis and provide Flight Attendants the kind of support we need daily in our unique work lives.  In AFA, you can expect negotiations based on what you want and need.  Job protections, schedule flexibility, benefits, pay protections – it’s all important, so you decide what you contract to look like.  Our union will be responsive to your needs and we will champion your issues.

The vision and high standards of Flight Attendants have led our union to develop additional resources, like AFA EAP services, committees that address scheduling and hotel issues, a government affairs department that aches legal benefits and improved regulations in our highly – regulated jobs, along with experts who drive safety, health and security policy.  Recent advances of note include an AFA victory ensuring Flight Attendants access to family medial leave benefits (FMLA) according to the unique hours of the job.  In 2012, we obtained Flight Attendant inclusion in the Known Crewmember alternate security screening program and we succeeded in preventing a national security policy change that would have allowed knives in the passenger cabin for the first time since 9-11.  In addition, AFA’s continued advocacy has helped to ensure that Flight Attendants across the country begin to see occupational health and safety standards in the cabin enforced by OSHA.

Once you successfully navigate your initial months on the line we invite you to take a step forward and get involved in our Flight Attendant union, your Flight Attendant union.  AFA is all of our and our union is successful when you actively engage in our many projects, programs and causes.

The airline industry is constantly changing, but our Flight Attendant union is the one constant you can count on.  In our union, no one is left behind because we know through decades of experience that together we are better.

We welcome you to our Flight Attendant family and to our union.

In Solidarity,




Sara Nelson

AFA-CWA International President