Flight attendant union celebrates 70 years

Seventy years ago, the Airline Stewardess Association was formed and began to pave the way for what is today the world´s largest Flight Attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA).

“AFA is where it all began,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “Seventy years ago, Edith Lauterbach and fellow United Flight Attendants Ada Brown Greenfield, Francis Hall, Sally Thometz and Sally Watt Keenan were successful in organizing the first union of Flight Attendants, the foundation from which we have achieved amazing victories for equality, workplace health and safety and contracts that define our work as aviation´s first responders.”

From fighting to end smoking on airplanes to keeping knives out of the cabin to beating back discriminatory policies against employees, AFA has led the way for all of aviation´s first responders.

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world´s largest Flight Attendant union. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO.