- Don’t forget to RSVP for our Day of Solidarity informational picketing events next week on Tuesday, August 15.
- As a reminder, Flight Attendants scheduled to work during the events must refrain from participating.
- If you’re not able to attend in person, you can join our virtual picket using the resources on the contract website.
Our August 15 Day of Solidarity is only one week away! These events are our opportunity to make a powerful statement to management as our Negotiating Committee returns to the bargaining table to continue fighting for the contractual pay and work rule improvements we have earned. Let’s overwhelm management with our unity as we stand together to demand the contract we deserve!
Don’t Forget to RSVP!
If you’re available to attend and haven’t already done so, RSVP now to let us know you’ll be there. If you invited family, friends, or allies to participate, please ensure you’ve included them as guests on your RSVP or ask them to RSVP directly. Each RSVP will help our Local Mobilization Committees have an accurate participant count to plan appropriately.
Informational Picketing Is Not The Same As A Strike
Our August 15 Day of Solidarity events are informational picketing activities. Informational picketing and strikes are ways for workers to make their voices heard and advocate for better working conditions and benefits, but there are important differences between them.
Informational picketing is a form of protest where off-duty workers gather and share information about their cause with the public. Our events involve holding signs and participating in chants to increase awareness and gain public support. Informational picketing is not meant to disrupt company operations, and Flight Attendants scheduled to work during the events must refrain from participating. Missing work for an informational picketing event could result in disciplinary action.
On the other hand, a strike is a work stoppage organized by workers to pressure management to meet their demands. During a strike, workers withhold their services until their demands are met. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS™ or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS™, a strike could affect the entire system or a single flight.
We are still negotiating directly with management, and several steps remain before a strike is legally permitted. Under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), a strike or work stoppage can only occur once the National Mediation Board (NMB) has released the Union and company from further negotiations and the mandatory cooling-off period has passed. For more information, check out the in-depth explanation of the negotiations process under the RLA on our Contract 2022 website.
Working Or Can’t Make It In Person? Join Our Virtual Picket!
If you’re scheduled to work on August 15 or won’t be able to make it to a picketing event in person, you can still participate in our Day of Solidarity. Help turn up the heat on social media and take part in our virtual picket! Printable versions of our picket signs, sample posts, and other resources have been added to the contract website. Download and print a picket sign now to have with you on August 15.