OSHA Protections for Flight
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OSHA Protections for Flight Attendants Achieved
history today. Four decades after OSHA was created and safety and health
protections were extended to the workplace of most Americans, we have finally
achieved OSHA protections for Flight Attendants in the aircraft cabin.
moments ago the FAA released a
policy statement that extends many of the safety and health standards we
already have in our workplaces outside the aircraft cabin. This is an enormous
achievement and it would not have been possible without the persistent, tireless
work of our union.
a part of making this happen. For decades AFA has pursued legal and regulatory
solutions to extend OSHA safety and health protections to workers in the airline
industry. The roadblocks have been enormous, but our union kept this as a
priority and through the leadership and dedicated work of our Air Safety, Health
and Security Department as well as the grassroots organizing led by our
Government Affairs Department and thousands of your calls to Capitol Hill, we
succeeded in ensuring that OSHA standards in the cabin were included as part of
the FAA reauthorization bill. The bill provided a path, but without our
persistence and collaboration with these agencies this policy statement may not
have come to fruition. It is our focused and expert work for Flight Attendants
that achieved this historical result today.
also recognize the Obama Administration for making this possible. Obama
appointees lifted roadblocks and determined they could work together to address
concerns related to the unique conditions of our work space so that safety and
health standards could be applied to the cabin. The Obama Administration
supported the work between these agencies, as noted in the
FAA press release, with the incredibly supportive statements from Department
of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Department of Labor Secretary Hilda
of our members may be aware of how long we have fought to achieve this result.
In 1975, the FAA claimed exclusive jurisdiction over workplace safety and health
for all crewmembers, preventing the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) – the agency that regulates the safety and health of most
U.S. workers – from protecting Flight Attendants and other crewmembers while
working on-board commercial airline flights.
meeting with your AFA local leaders at the beginning of next week to review what
this policy change will mean for us and when we can expect it to take effect. We
will keep AFA members closely advised on implementation and what it means for
our work place.
a very good day. Thank you for all you do every day to keep our skies safe.
AFA-CWA International President
AFA-CWA International Vice President
AFA-CWA International Secretary-Treasurer
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