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    US Labor Department Commemorates Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
    Nov 30, 2012

    WASHINGTON, March 23, 2012  –  In commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the deadly fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City, the U.S. Department of Labor is encouraging the public to visit a special website featuring an audio tour optimized for smartphones documenting that milestone in labor’s history.
    With audio narrated by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and other senior Labor Department officials, the website highlights 21 locations throughout the New York City metropolitan area that played a role in the March 25, 1911, fire. Users can read and hear about the events that led up to the fire, its victims and the aftermath.
    The fire killed 146 workers and was an early tipping point in the struggle to ensure basic health and safety precautions in the 20th century workplace. “The tragic events of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and their impact over the last 100 years are reminders of the importance of the work of the Labor Department,” said Secretary Solis. “As we continue to ensure that every company takes responsibility for the safety and health of its workers, we must also remember that although much has improved over the last 100 years, the heartbreaking images from the fire are still relevant today.”
     

    The website is http://m.dol.gov/shirtwaist.
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    FAA Reauthorization
    Nov 30, 2012
    CWA Radio Ads Press Anti-Union Lawmakers to Pass FAA Funds CWA launched radio ads this week targeting two U.S. House freshmen Republicans who are holding Federal Aviation Administration funding hostage unless their anti-union demands are met. Congressmen Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and Sean Duffy (R-Wis.
    Initial Air Safety, Health and Security Training - October 12, 2011
    Nov 30, 2012

    A one-day Initial Air Safety, Health and Security Training has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the UnitedMECOfficesBuilding in Rosemont, Illinois. Space is limited so please sign up your committee members as soon as possible.    

    Training begins at 9:00 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 5:00 p.m. The training will be held at the UnitedMECOfficesBuilding and sleeping rooms will be at the Aloft Chicago O’Hare. Both are minutes from the O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Transportation will be provided between the hotel and training. There is also a free airport shuttle to the hotel. You need to complete the RSVP form below to register for the class and to make a hotel room reservation


    Download: InitialSafety_12Oct2011Notice.pdf

    AFA TESTIFIES BEFORE HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE
    Nov 30, 2012
    The U.S. Homeland Security Committee Transportation Subcommittee invited AFA to testify at a hearing on Industry Perspectives: Authorizing the Transportation Security Administration for FY 2012 and 2013 on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. The only labor representative on the aviation panel, AFA testimony was given by AFA Air Safety, Health and Security Director Christopher Witkowski
    Download: July 12_2011 House Testimony - FINAL.pdf

    AFA and FAA Partner on Passenger Safety
    Nov 30, 2012
    Washington, DC, May 23, 2011 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Veda Shook and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt kicked off the summer travel season today with some helpful tips to educate passengers on how to make air travel as safe as possible.

    “As first responders in the cabin, a Flight Attendant’s foremost responsibility is to help protect the safety and security of our passengers. Through comprehensive training and extensive experience, Flight Attendants are well equipped to ensure passengers arrive at their destination safely and securely,” said Shook.

    AFA and the FAA issued some helpful guidelines for passengers to keep in mind when flying this summer.
    Read Full Press Release>>
     

    Published Article on AFA-CWA Carry-On Survey
    Nov 30, 2012
    The Flight Safety Foundation has published an article on AFA-CWA's recent passenger carry-on items survey, "Bin There Done That," in the May 2010 issue of AeroSafety World magazine. The article is an excellent summary of the survey results and includes numerous AFA-CWA members' quotes describing the many hazards of the Carry-On Crunch
    AFA-CWA comments on proposed revisions to OSHA hazcomm standard
    Nov 30, 2012

    AFA-CWA attended a public hearing on March 31, 2010 to comment on OSHA's proposed revisions to its Hazard Communication Standard. We emphasized that our members need education and training to prevent exposure to chemicals, and also to know what to do if they are exposed and get sick. Also, manufacturers of products like engine oils and deicing fluids need to warn airlines/crewmembers of foreseeable exposures in the aircraft cabin and the attendant health risks. Currently, flight attendants lack the protections that the OSHA standard offers, and the OSHA standard is not tightly enforced. Click to read AFA-CWA's comments


    Air Safety, Health and Security Intermediate Training
    Nov 30, 2012

    A three-day Air Safety, Health and Security Intermediate Training has been scheduled for April 20 - 22, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.  Intermediate training concentrates on building the skills necessary to be an informed and effective safety committee member or chair.  The training will focus on the roles and responsibilities of safety committee members, general skillbuilding, database management of incident reports, overview of security issues and initiatives, understanding and working with the FAA, FAR interpretations, problem solving, and ways to enhance communications with your members.  We will also be discussing the legislative process as it relates to the safety committee workplace safety relevant to first responders.  The training is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 20 at 9:00 am and is scheduled to end on Wednesday, April 22 by 5:00 pm.  Please plan your flight schedule around these dates and times.

     

    Space is limited so please sign up your committee members as soon as possible.  Additional details and an RSVP form are available in both MSWord and PDF formats through the members-only Training Library section of this site.  Attendance will be decided on a first-come, first served basis using the received date of the reservation.  RSVP forms are due no later than Monday, March 29, 2010.


    New Airline Drinking Water Rule
    Nov 30, 2012

    On October 5, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the signing of an Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR). This new rule's purpose is to "ensure that safe and reliable drinking water is provided to aircraft passengers and crew [by] providing air carriers with a feasible way to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the national primary drinking water regulations (NPDWRs)." Potable water supplies on U.S. airlines are jointly regulated by the EPA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In accordance with the SDWA, EPA regulates water quality in public water systems, including those that supply water to the airports and the drinking water once it's onboard the aircraft. More information is available on our new Water and Sanitation page as well as the EPA Aircraft Drinking Water Rule page.

     


    Novel H1N1 Influenza
    Nov 30, 2012

    The following news was released by OSHA on September 4:

       "The Department of Labor and three other federal agencies announced new guidance for employers to plan and respond to the upcoming flu season. The guidance, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides employers with help on preparing now for the impact that seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza could have on their workers and operations during the fall and winter. Plans should include encouraging workers with flu-like symptoms to stay home, allowing highly-susceptible staff to work from home and encouraging workers to get flu vaccinations."

    Note: All current and previous AFA-CWA Air Safety, Health and Security Department updates regarding Novel H1N1 Flu are here.


    Important Update on Cabin Air Quality and Must-See Documentary Film
    Nov 30, 2012

    A must-see documentary film on the subject of aircraft air supply contamination is Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines, just released. You can watch the trailer online and AFA members can purchase the DVD at a special discounted rate of $24 (including shipping). Go to www.welcomeaboardtoxicairlines.com or www.dftenterprises.com and enter coupon code AFA2024341300 at checkout.

    The air you breathe in the aircraft cabin is supplied from the engines or APU and sometimes it gets contaminated with engine oils or hydraulic fluids that get heated to very high temperatures, often appearing as a smelly haze or smoke. That haze/smoke that enters the cabin air is a toxic soup and can contain carbon monoxide gas as well as chemicals that can damage your nervous system called tricresylphosphates (TCPs). Exposure to TCPs can initially cause stomach ache and muscle weakness, followed by delayed memory loss, tremors, confusion, and many other symptoms. For more information on the dangers of exposure, visit our air quality page. For information to give to your doctor, visit the OHRCA website and download the guide for medical providers. Also, it is important for you to know that University of Washington Professor Clem Furlong is in the final stages of developing a blood test that will enable crew and passengers to determine if they were exposed to TCPs on the aircraft. If you think you have been exposed, it is important to get your blood sent to his lab as soon as possible because that information will assist your doctor if you need medical help post-exposure and will benefit your workers' compensation case. For more information, email judith@AFAseattle.org. Prof. Furlong's research is being funded by crewmember unions, including AFA-CWA, and King 5 News in Seattle recently ran an exclusive story. Also, in April 2008, the BBC highlighted the dangers of breathing contaminated aircraft air on its news program, "Panorama."

     




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