Flight Attendants for Peace: Feb 15th Peace Rally in NYC


Aug 20, 2002
Dear Flight Attendants
If you are an airline workers (working, furloughed, on leave, retired, whatever), and you believe that war is the wrong way to go, you should know that there is going to be a large peace rally in NYC this coming Saturday, Febuary 15th. You can get more detail on the peace rally at www.commondreams.org Come and march with Flight Attendants for Peace (others are invited: We''d be happy to make it Airline Workers For Peace!!!!)
Below is a statement from the Alaskan Airlines AFA MEC legislative chair and an anti-war resolution passed by their MEC. A similar resolution has been passed at the UAL AFA MEC. I think it makes the case pretty well.
If you are against the war, and you would like to make your voice heard, please drop me personal message. If you are going to the February 15th anti-war rally, then I encourage you to gather with other like-minded airline workers. Let me know and we can coordinate.
By Bev Bullock
MEC Legislative Chair
Last October AFL-CIO Pres. John Sweeney in a letter to Congress questioned the wisdom and the necessity to wage war with Iraq. Although Saddam Husseim is a menace, Sweeney urged that our policy towards Iraq not distract from the war on terrorism and the al Qaida terrorist network. Recently AFA Int''l President Pat Friend sent a version of an anti-war resolution to all MEC councils and thus opened the door for flight attendants to address the issue of war and its impact on the aviation industry.
Since the events of September 11, the aviation industry has been in an economic tailspin. Thousands of airline workers have been laid off, two major carriers are in bankruptcy and employees continue to give concessions in wages and benefits at other airlines. If a war were to ensue, we can only forsee higher fuel costs, higher security costs, and a drop in business and pleasure travel. Even top Alaska management has recognized the impact such an event would have on the airline''s ''bottom line''. Alarmingly, airlines and airplanes could once again be the target of retaliatory terrorist attacks. John Sweeney ends his letter by saying, “after all it will be the sons and daughters of America''s working families who will be asked to carry out this mission. We know at Alaska Airlines that some of our own rank and file, our fellow workers will be put in harm''s way.
After much deliberation the Alaska MEC leadership unanimously adopted a resolution with the sincere belief that a war with the Iraqi people is not in the best interest of flight attendants or this nation, and with sensitivity to those among our ranks in the armed services who will be making the greatest sacrifice.
In solidarity
January 15, 2003
Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO
Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council
Resolution condemning a United States unilateral war with Iraq
WHEREAS, the US airline industry is in economic distress continuing to lose millions of dollars, and
WHEREAS, airline management will continue to ask for flight attendant concessions to their wages and benefits, and
WHEREAS, any increase in operating costs or reduction in revenue will put serious strain on the financial condition of our airlines and endanger the continuing existence of many US airlines, and
WHEREAS, a US preemptive war with Iraq is sure to cause an immediate increase in the cost of jet fuel, higher security costs and fewer business and pleasure travelers, and
WHEREAS, we fully support the hard working men and women of our armed forces and are concerned for their safety, and
WHEREAS, we remember that the first victim of September 11th, 2001 was a flight attendant,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Alaska AFA Master Executive Council on behalf of our flight attendant members and their families calls upon President George W. Bush and the current US political leadership to seek any and all alternative means for addressing the lawlessness of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Council holds strongly the belief that a war with the Iraqi people is not in the best interest of flight attendants and other airline workers, and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that we urge President Bush and members of the US Congress to stop the plans for war and redirect resources to help the thousands of unemployed airline workers, stabilize the financially troubled airline industry and fight the daily threat of domestic terrorism.
This resolution was unanimously adopted by the AFA Alaska Airlines Master Executive Council on January 15, 2003.
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Meeting location and time for Flight Attendants For Peace this Saturday, Feb 15th in NYC.

For those who may want to join up with us (Flight Attendants for Peace) in NYC this Saturday, Feb. 15th, we will gather at 11:30am (or a little earlier if possible) at Grand Army Plaza, SOUTHEAST CORNER OF 5TH AVE AND 59TH STREET in Manhattan (close to the southeast corner of Central Park).

Look for signs that say "Don't Hijack Our Grief For War: Flight Attendants For Peace"

Good luck to all of us!

How was the turn out? I couldn't be in NYC but did my bit in my home town.

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On 2/21/2003 8:14:50 PM Dea Certe wrote:


How was the turn out? I couldn't be in NYC but did my bit in my home town.



Thanks for checking in on this!

Alas, our meeting spot got fouled up due to the enormous size of the rally and problems with the NYC subway. I know that some people came from Alaskan Airlines and that there were some AMR f/a's (originally from TWA) and some UAL f/a's. I had cell #'s of some of the other participants, but no one could get through with half a million people marching and trying to use cell phones.

The good news is that there were quite a few individual airline people who were at the march. I ran into quite a few who had just come out on their own (we dound each other because of my "Flight Attendants for Peace" sign.

Folks in San Francisco managed to pull together a successful contingent of f/a's (and other airline workers). I haven't heard details yet, but will post them when I do.

We'll get another chance on March 1st in DC though. There will be another peace rally then. I'll post details of that later this weekend.

How was the peace rally in your city? I heard the research scientists at McMurdo in Antarctica held a peace rally! Something like 15 million people in 600 cities came out for peace rallies that weekend!

More soon!!!
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UPDATE - DC Peace Rally Postponed:

The March 1st Peace rally in Washington, DC HAS BEEN POSTPONED to March 15th.

Local peace rally are being organized on March 1st instead.

I'll post more as I find out more.


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