Gloria Steinem on how female flight attendants fought sexism in the skies (

In this exclusive excerpt from her memoir My Life on the Road, the writer and feminist activist reveals the harassment and discrimination women crew members faced in the ’60s and ’70s. When I first began flying a lot in the early 1970s, planes meant only mindlessness, escape from phones, maybe a movie, and most of […]

March 30, 2016

Aviation unions discuss industry liberalisation threat in Latin America

Argentinean cabin crew union the Asociación Argentina de Aeronavegantes (AAA) and the ITF held a regional seminar on 22 March to discuss union responses to the threats posed to aviation workers and their industry in Latin America by increasing liberalisation and deregulation. The main focuses of discussion were Europe’s ‘open skies’ policy and the growth […]

Congress needs to give flight attendants a break (

By Fredrick Kunkle The U.S. government could perhaps make the nation’s commercial airways healthier, saner and maybe even safer with a relatively simple step: ensure that flight attendants get enough sleep. It might even strike a blow for gender equality, too. The flight attendants union has been pushing for some time now for federal legislation […]

March 29, 2016

ITF statements of solidarity following Belgium terror attacks

To our colleagues in Belgium, Today your country and its people were attacked by terrorists who targeted the users and workers of your nation’s transport systems. The attacks were cruel, deplorable and abhorrent to anyone who believes in decency, humanity and justice. I can assure you that all of us throughout the ITF global family […]

March 22, 2016

TTD Stands with America’s Flight Attendants in the Fight for 10 (

By Larry I. Willis Most Americans can combat that early morning tired feeling with a good ‘ol cup (or two or three) of joe. But not every worker has the luxury of being able to get by on espresso alone. Flight attendants — who are responsible for the safety of airline passengers — need much […]

March 17, 2016

Video: TPP = Corporate Power Tool of the 1%

The following video spot has been produced by the Global Trade Watch (GTW) as part of its campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). GTW is a division of Public Citizen, the national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971. The Global Trade Watch division was created in 1995 to promote government and corporate accountability […]

March 16, 2016

United Makes Peace by Reinstating Fired Crew, Qatar Not So Much (

Two stories with big consequences for the participants and lessons for the rest of us were in the news this week. After years of fighting their firing for expressing concern about the security of their aircraft, 13 United flight attendants have been reinstated. You may recall from a previous post on my blog, that in the […]

March 15, 2016

AFA and IAM members working solidarity to fight fatigue

Below we are publishing a joint letter dated 8 March 2016, signed by Sara Nelson, International President of Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and Sito Pantoja, International General Vice President of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Dear Flight Attendants: The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) […]

March 9, 2016