Airline Passengers And Flight Crews
Gain Ground In OSHA Protection
February 23, 2011 - Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) put key U.S. Senate offices on speed dial in a successful call-in campaign to press for long-overdue health and safety protections.
Thursday, the Senate defeated an attempt to strip OSHA
protections for Flight Attendants from the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Bill.
The amendment to remove health and safety protections for Flight Attendants and passengers, including sanitation and temperature standards in the aircraft cabin, was rejected by a 52-47 party line vote.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) voted in opposition of
the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill
presented on the Senate floor.
taken to the floor over the past week to discuss with my
colleagues my disproval of this legislation. I disapprove not of
airline safety or safe work conditions for airline employees,
but rather the damning effects its price tag will have on our
nation?s rising debt. The amendments I attached to this bill
required my colleagues to consider cutting spending, ending
gifts to Big Labor, and preventing unnecessary regulation in
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom
Harkin (D-IA) spoke on the floor of the Senate to oppose an
amendment that would undermine flight crews? job safety, along
with an amendment that would prohibit collective bargaining by
Transportation Security Administration employees.
thing we need to do is take a step backward and make working
people even more vulnerable than they are today. But that?s
exactly what the Wicker (Senator Roger Wicker R- Mississippi)
amendment and the Paul amendment would do for two groups of very
dedicated people ? flight crews and transportation security
officers ? who work every day to keep us safe when we travel,?
sanitation standards in the passenger cabin.
Really???? said Veda Shook, AFA International President.
?It is not funny.
To date, OSHA has been kept out of the aircraft cabin and that
means Flight Attendants and passengers are subject to an
environment absent sanitation standards, temperature standards
and proper procedures for clean up of biohazards.
?No sanitation standards in the passenger cabin. Really???? said Veda Shook, AFA International President. ?It is not funny. To date, OSHA has been kept out of the aircraft cabin and that means Flight Attendants and passengers are subject to an environment absent sanitation standards, temperature standards and proper procedures for clean up of biohazards.
inexcusable and our union of Flight Attendants will not rest until we
get the OSHA protections for passengers and crew.
We applaud the Senate for taking this action today and we implore
the House to act quickly to include the same provision in their version
of the bill.?
Attendants, each day on the job brings potential exposure to turbulence,
severe air pressure changes, unwieldy service carts, broken luggage
bins, balky exit doors and door handles, exposure to toxic chemicals,
unruly passengers, communicable diseases, and emergency evacuations. As
a result, safety and health violations occur on a daily basis for Flight
Attendants yet the Federal Aviation Administration, which claims
exclusive jurisdiction over the safety and health of crew members on
civil aircraft, has failed to extend basic OSHA protections afforded to
other workers across the country.
The Air Transport
Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the
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