America’s most powerful flight attendant has just been re-elected for another four-year term

Sara Nelson, dubbed “the most powerful flight attendant in the United States” (maybe even the world), has been re-elected president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) for another term of office. four years.

The Association of Flight Attendants is by far the largest cabin crew union in the world, representing some 50,000 crew members at 18 airlines. The union’s largest task force is made up of more than 20,000 flight attendants at United Airlines, while its newest members will soon start flying for Norse, a low-cost transatlantic carrier.

In between, the AFA represents flight attendants at Alaska, Frontier and Spirit Airlines and under Nelson’s leadership the union again embarks on a concerted campaign to convince Delta Air Lines flight attendants to join. to the group and unionize for the first time in the company. the story.

Unionizing Delta flight attendants would be a major blow for Nelson after several failed attempts to get the job done. A stewardess for 25 years with United Airlines, Nelson first joined the union in 1996 and has served as the AFA’s international president since 2014.

Already a rising star in the labor movement, Nelson really came to prominence in 2019 when his calls for a general strike were credited with helping end President Trump’s government shutdown.

The following year, Nelson won accolades for leading calls for a federal emergency relief fund for the pandemic-hit aviation sector. The multi-billion dollar bailout has secured the jobs of tens of thousands of flight attendants and many other airline workers.

Under Nelson’s militant leadership, however, the AFA has come under fire for some of its political campaigning, including its support, until recently, of the federal face mask mandate. Nelson and AFA recently joined the Roe vs. Wade debate, calling the Supreme Court’s proposed decision a “radical assault on our rights.”

Nelson was re-elected at the AFA-CWA’s 49th board meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday. Shortly after being confirmed in the post, Nelson told attendees, “Some may call these times desperate. We may recognize them as a call to action.

“In the worst of times, workers have stood up for our greatest gains,” Nelson continued. “Stronger together, better together is not just our slogan; it is our vocation.

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Mateusz Maszczynski


Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the Middle East’s most important airline and flew throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centered stories. Always on the cutting edge, Matt’s knowledge, analysis and news coverage are often used by some of the biggest names in journalism.

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