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IAM Flight Attendant Honored for Combating In-Flight Fire

From left to right: IAM Transportation Vice President Sito Pantoja, District 142 President Tom Higginbotham and Sandra Hinojosa. IAM photo

Machinists (IAM) member and ExpressJet flight attendant Sandra Hinojosa was honored last week for her heroism and quick response to avert a potentially catastrophic event on an August United Airlines flight operated by ExpressJet.

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Unions React to American-US Airways Merger

The announcement of the proposed merger between American Airlines—now in bankruptcy proceedings—and US Airways has drawn mixed reactions from the AFL-CIO unions, which represent workers at both airlines.

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Founder of Flight Attendants Union Dies at 91

AFA/CWA photo

Edith Lauterbach, the last founding member of the first union for flight attendants, died earlier this week in San Francisco. She was 91. In a statement, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA ) said:

The flight attendant community lost our hero, our guiding light….As our heavy hearts remember our friend and trailblazing founder, we reflect on Edith’s contributions to our profession and our union each and every day.

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Flight Attendants Win OSHA Protections

Photo by Bob B. Brown/Flickr

The nation’s flight attendants will gain workplace health and safety protection from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under a proposed new policy announced by OSHA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

While OSHA safety and health standards apply to most of America's workers, airline crews have been under the jurisdiction of the FAA since 1975, when the agency claimed exclusive jurisdiction over workplace safety and health for all crew members when they are on board the aircraft.

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Eternity in O'Hare, or Romney’s ‘Permanently Delayed’ Aviation Plan

Many of us have fumed at the gate or sweated while stuck on the tarmac as our flights have been delayed. Things would get even worse in the aviation world, especially for workers, under a Romney administration, as the new website Permanently Delayed illustrates.

The site, from the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD), shows the stark contrast between President Obama and Mitt Romney on issues that matter to aviation workers.

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Steven Rush New Helicopter Pilots President

Steven Rush was elected president of the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA), at the union’s annual meeting in Dallas Feb. 12. He is a founding member of the PHPA which, was established in 2002 and represents approximately 3,000 helicopter pilots throughout the United States and Canada.

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Coffee, Tea or Workplace Safety?

Back when flight attendants were stewardesses and airline ads promoted their good looks and winsome smiles to get you on board, these hardworking airline employees had no job safety and health protection.  Today, flight attendants still are not covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and most of his Republicans colleagues want to keep it that way, just like the old days.

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Rand Paul Attacks Flight Attendants’ Safety

With some 280,000 jobs at stake in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, you’d think Senate lawmakers would be working together to get those jobs in the pipeline as soon as possible. Not.

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