The members of the Association of Flight Attendants have worked for more than five years without a contract. AFA has been staging Third Thursday actions at United hubs around the world since last fall.
“We are hearing our efforts are being recognized at the bargaining table as talks have resumed,” said AFA Council 21 President Todd Failla, who urged travelers to "show solidarity in this fight while in an airport or flying United by thanking the union sisters and brothers who are wearing their red AFA lapel pins."
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Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1932, the Norris-La Guardia Act restricted injunctions against unions and banned yellow dog contracts, which required newly-hired workers to declare they are not union members and will not join one.
In 1970, five days into the Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years, President Richard Nixon declared a national emergency and ordered 30,000 troops to New York City to break the strike. The troops didn’t have a clue how to sort and deliver mail, and a settlement came a few days later.
In 1974, the Coalition of Labor Union Women was founded in Chicago by some 3,000 delegates from 58 unions and other organizations.
And in 2005, fifteen workers died and another 170 were injured when a series of explosions ripped through BP’s Texas City refinery. Investigators blamed a poor safety culture at the plant and found BP management gave priority to cost savings over worker safety.
Today’s labor quote is by Yasmine Green
“It helps us when we can go back and say, 'Well this was done by a woman and that was done by a woman, so women, we can do this!'”
Yasmine Green is a member of the Machinists union and was a delegate to the 2014 Coalition of Labor Union Women’s conference.