September 12, 2012   ·  

HONOLULU – U.S. Democratic Senate nominee Mazie Hirono welcomed the endorsement of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today. AFA is the world’s largest flight attendant organization, representing nearly 60,000 flight attendants at more than 21 airlines.

“Improving the safety and work conditions of flight attendants goes hand-in-hand with improving passenger safety,” said Hirono. “This also relates to my legislation to increase tourism – the VISIT USA Act – which would create an estimated 6,000 jobs here in Hawaii alone. As passengers feel safer and safer on planes, especially during long-distance and international flights, they will be more inclined to visit places like Hawaii.”

Veda Shook, AFA International President, said, Over the years, Mazie Hirono’s support on issues important to flight attendants demonstrates that she is a true ally to our profession and recognizes our role as first responders in our nation’s skies. We applaud her efforts to prevent flight attendant fatigue, by introducing the Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act. Hironos efforts to bring workplace safety requirements (OSHA) into the aircraft cabin will help ensure long term benefits for flight attendants and the traveling public as well.”

In its endorsement, AFA acknowledged Hirono’s continued efforts to improve the safety conditions for flight attendants, pilots and passengers. On Monday, USA Today mentioned Hirono’s work to increase safety for flight attendants in an article about the dangers of airline turbulence (click here to read the article).

AFA is the latest in a broad and growing coalition to endorse Hirono for U.S. Senate – a coalition that now includes EMILY’s List, Hawaii Building and Constructions Trades Council, Hawaii Carpenters Union, Hawaii Government Employees Association, Hawaii Firefighters Association, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Hawaii State Teachers Association, Human Rights Campaign, International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, League of Conservation Voters, National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, National Weather Service Employees Organization, Planned Parenthood, Seafarers International, and the Sierra Club.