Government Affairs

Welcome to YOUR Government Affairs Committee!

Government Affairs Committee Contacts

Holly Forrest

MEC Chair
(360) 448-3551

Nina Litven

(206) 229-4822

Wendy Kaihara

LEC 16 Human Rights REP
(208) 819-4069)

Sirkka Haagen

LEC 17 -Human Rights
(360) 560-1253

What does the Government Affairs Committee do?

The AFA Government Affairs Committee lobbies member of Congress, provides lobbying training to AFA members and organized grassroots member activism around issues that matter most to Flight Attendants. AFA is frequently invited to provide expert advice on Flight Attendant issues and to give testimony on behalf of our members in congressional hearings. The AFA-CWA International Government Affairs Department and our extensive network of Flight Attendant activists influence decisions made at the highest levels of government that directly impact our profession. When AFA successfully shepherds a Flight Attendant issue through the legislative process until it is enacted into law, we can then take it off of the negotiating table and use our leverage to obtain other contractual gains.

MEC Government Affairs Committee Chair

The MEC Chairperson shall: Administer the Committee and conduct activities to further the stated objectives of the AFA-CWA International Legislative Policy Committee. Compose informational and educational articles of interest to the membership and provide them to the MEC Communications Chairperson to be included in MEC communications and posted to the MEC website. The Committee shall: Act in an advisory role to the MEC on political matters. Maintain an involvement in the political activities sponsored by local and central Labor Councils with which the MEC is affiliated.

Government Affairs News


Never Forget September 10, 2020 — Dear Flight Attendants, Aviation security is personal to us. No matter the uniform we wear, the routes we fly, or the years we have worn our wings we will always remember the events of September 11th, lift up heroes and do everything in our power to ensure the events…

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AFA COVID-19 Onboard Service Survey

AFA COVID-19 Onboard Service Survey JULY 28, 2020 11:00 On July 16th, management implemented an expansion of onboard service which included the addition of multiple beverage selections and the re-introduction of hot beverages as an option for passengers. During the lead up to the service expansion, members of our Master Executive Council (MEC), Inflight Service Committee, and…

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Tell Secretary Mnuchin: You Can’t Leverage People!

The grants in the relief package provide paychecks for workers, not bailouts for airlines. These grants do one thing and one thing only: fund paychecks and benefits for two million hourly workers like flight attendants, pilots, gate agents, mechanics, the people who clean planes, cook the food, and help people through the airport. Secretary Mnuchin is…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 13, 2020

Continuing to Advocate for Flight Attendant Protections Air Safety, Health, & Security Committee (ASHSC) An AFA communication from March 3 (COVID-19 Update) contained a comprehensive list of the requests that AFA had made of management at the time.  AFA Horizon officers and representatives have been in constant communication with management since that time to continue…

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