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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) is the world’s largest labor union organized by flight attendants for flight attendants.  AFA represents nearly 60,000 flight attendants at 18 airlines, serving as a voice for flight attendants at their workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.  Simply put, the goal of flight attendants who become part of AFA-CWA is to negotiate better pay, benefits, working conditions and work rules at their airline, and to improve their safety on the job.


  • AFA-CWA negotiates the best flight attendant contracts in the industry, maintaining and improving wages, benefits and working conditions for flight attendants.

  • AFA-CWA has strength in numbers and a professional staff to assist flight attendants with workplace, career and interpersonal concerns.

  • AFA-CWA is a democratic union representing flight attendants at every type of carrier. All AFA-CWA officers are flight attendants who solicit member input on policy and financial decisions.

  • AFA-CWA is the only flight attendant union solely representing flight attendant’s concerns affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the 13-million-member American labor federation.

  • AFA-CWA shares information and strategies, working in solidarity with flight attendant unions around the world through the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

  • AFA-CWA policies, budgets and dues levels are set by AFA’s democratically-elected Flight Attendant leaders. All AFA officers are Flight Attendants. Copies of financial reports and the AFA Constitution and Bylaws are available to every member upon request from their local representatives.


All Flight Attendants working for the same airline and assigned to the same base or modified co-terminal form the Local Council. The president, vice president and secretary of each council, elected by the members of that Local Council to a three-year term, form the Local Executive Council (LEC).


All local council presidents from the same airline form a Master Executive Council (MEC). The MEC elects a president, vice president and secretary-treasurer for three-year terms, and handles negotiations and other business affecting members at that airline.



The Board of Directors (BOD), the union’s highest governing body, consists of all AFA local council presidents. The BOD amends AFA’s Constitution and Bylaws, elects national officers, determines the annual budget and oversees all union activities.


All MEC presidents make up the Executive Board, which interprets policy and carries out decisions of the Board of Directors.


The BOD elects and advises the International Officers – the international president, vice president and secretary-treasurer – who serve full-time for four-year terms and administer union operations.




The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is opposed to any discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity, and gender expression.


Among trade unionists there is a very high degree of appreciation of the need to respect the dignity of every individual. Nevertheless in all organizations there should be vigilance to ensure that all participants feel they are able to operate in an atmosphere in which they feel comfortable and safe.


AFA-CWA is committed to creating and maintaining a working environment based on dignity and mutual respect.


AFA-CWA will neither condone nor tolerate behavior that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile, abusive or offensive environment. This commitment applies to all officers, members, and staff in AFA-CWA work places, meetings, activities and social gatherings whenever they may take place around the world.


As an employer, the AFA-CWA has a legal as well as a moral responsibility to protect its employees from any form of harassment, abuse or similarly unacceptable behavior. This applies to the working environment in all AFA-CWA offices and to AFA-CWA meetings wherever they are held.



What is unacceptable behavior?


Unacceptable behavior includes unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct including the use of electronic communication and any behavior that ridicules, intimidates, or is physically abusive or disruptive.

This may have as its focus such things as:


  • Race, ethnic origin, nationality, and skin color

  • Gender and sexual orientation

  • Disabilities or sensory impairments

  • Age, health, or physical characteristics

  • Religious or political beliefs


This may involve such forms of unwanted behavior as:


  • Unwanted physical contact and/or advances

  • Physical or sexual assault

  • Sexual or compromising propositions

  • Racist, sexist or religious jokes

  • Offensive language, insults and obscene gestures

  • Unwelcome gifts

  • Intrusion by pestering or stalking


These lists are not all-inclusive.


Guidelines – AFA Mutual Respect Policy


AFA-CWA is committed to creating and maintaining a working environment based on dignity and mutual respect. This should apply to meetings, socializing and all the events around AFA-CWA activities.

What we ask of you:


  • To treat everybody, including all AFA-CWA members, leaders and activists, as well as AFA-CWA staff members and meeting guests, with respect and dignity.

  • To make absolutely sure your own behavior does not cause offense or misunderstanding and to be open to comments from others that you may have caused offense.

  • To think before you make personal remarks.

  • To accept responsibility for challenging all forms of unacceptable and offensive behavior and for upholding personal dignity.


Leadership Responsibility


It is the responsibility of the senior AFA officer or representative at a Union meeting or event to:

  • Lead by example, setting a proper tone and maintaining an appropriate level of decorum for the meeting or event.

  • Bring violations of this policy to the attention of the person(s) involved and ask them to cease and desist or to leave the meeting or event.


We welcome your cooperation in our practical efforts for making AFA-CWA meetings, activities and work places a positive experience for everyone.




AFA-Represented Airlines


Click on the links below to view their respective website:


Air Wisconsin Airlines



Alaska Airlines



Compass Airlines



Continental Airlines



Continental Micronesia



Endeavor Air



Envoy Air (formally American Eagle)



Frontier Airlines



Horizon Air



Mesa Air Group



Miami Air International

[website not available]



Omni Air International



Piedmont Airlines



PSA Airlines



Silver Airways



Spirit Airlines



United Airlines

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