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Flight Attendants Endorse Obama

September 27, 2012

Members of the Flight Attendants Union Coalition (FAUC), representing 100,000 Flight Attendants at carriers nationwide, today announced their collective endorsement of the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Below: Laura Glading, President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (l.) and AFA-CWA International President Veda Shook.


The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, representing 100,000 Flight Attendants at carriers across the country, today announced their endorsement of President Barack Obama.

The coalition — AFA-CWA, TWU, APFA, Teamsters and IAMAW — is calling on its members to set their flying schedules to maximize their time volunteering for the Obama-Biden ticket.

"Over the next five weeks we are asking Flight Attendants to volunteer with their union local or their local Obama-Biden campaign office and help in any way they can," said Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Veda Shook. "Flight Attendants understand they are not only electing a president, they are also 'electing' those who administer the policies and programs of the federal government, men and women who are key to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of aviation professionals."

Under the Obama Administration, Flight Attendants for the first time gained coverage under the Family and Medical Leave Act, became eligible for "Known Crew Member" status at airport security checks and will soon be covered by OSHA guidelines that make aircraft cabins a safer environment for passengers and crew. The coalition also praised Obama's agency appointments and the administration's implementation of the NextGen air traffic control system.

Members live in large numbers in key swing states, such as Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Ohio.