The House FAA Reauthorization Bill (H.R. 2997), also known as the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform & Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, protects our jobs from outsourcing and sets 10 hours non-reducible minimum rest for Flight Attendants. This is our opportunity to make these provisions law. But it won’t happen without your action.
Politico reports: “House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s floor schedule for this week left out Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster’s FAA reauthorization bill. The million-dollar question, of course, is why. It’s likely some combination of not enough votes. The whip count was close to a few dozen votes short as of the time lawmakers left town Friday afternoon.”
AFA International President Sara Nelson is asking all of us to take action.
If Congress does not pass a FAA Reauthorization Bill, it is likely that we will not get a full FAA Reauthorization Bill adopted until after the 2018 elections. Instead, Congress will likely pass an extension. That is unacceptable. We need rest now. We need job security now. We need a fully funded FAA now.
Call your Representative TODAY at (855) 980-2366 and tell them to support the 21st Century AIRR Act (H.R. 2997)!
Here’s what you can say when you are connected:
“I’m your constituent and a Flight Attendant. I’m calling to urge my Representative to vote YES on H.R. 2997 when it comes to the House floor. This FAA Reauthorization bill ensures I have 10 hours non-reducible rest and prevents the outsourcing of my job. Flight Attendants can’t wait any longer for these safety and job protections. Please vote YES on H.R. 2997. Thank you.”
Calling is easy: When you dial the number, you will automatically be connected to your Representative’s office after a brief message. Keep calling every day!
Why are Flight Attendants supporting H.R. 2997? The bill advances priority safety and job protections for Flight Attendants, including:
- Flags Don’t Fly Here — prevents the DOT from awarding foreign air carrier permits to airlines that use the flags-of-convenience model
- 10 Hours Non-Reducible Rest and a Fatigue Risk Management Plan for Flight Attendants
- Banning Voice Calls on Planes
- Secondary Cockpit Barriers
- Customer Service Agent Assault Penalties
- Cabin Evacuation Certification Standards
- Impact of Seat Pitch on Safety
- Nursing Rooms in Airports
- Improved Insecticide Notification
- Expanded Airport Personnel Human Trafficking Awareness Training
- Improved Lithium Ion Battery Regulations
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Lisa Pinkston, Terry Taylor, Mario de’Medici, Melissa Osborne, Tim Green, Brice McGee and MEC Government Affairs Chairperson Krystle Berry