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In response to the problem of airline passenger violence, on April 6, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the Protection from Abusive Passengers Act in both houses of Congress.
CWA airline agents from Local 3645 in Charlotte joined union brothers and sisters from SEIU for the National Airport Workers Day of Action. The agents rallied to demand respect, higher pay, and safety on the job—including protection from assault by unruly passengers.
In Miami, Local 3146 Envoy passenger service agents and wheelchair attendants are on the front lines of customer service each and every day, but excessive overtime is a major challenge as flight schedules return to pre-pandemic levels. Local 3146 President James McKnight shares details about the situation at MIA.
In November Piedmont agents gathered for a major Leadership Training event in Charlotte, North Carolina. They held mock hearings and learned all the practical details they will need to help fellow agents navigate grievances and other problems at work.
In November more than 20 Envoy stewards trained as agent advocates in Chicago and Dallas, learning how to handle a variety of questions and procedures under the new contract. They look forward to providing help to all their coworkers.
In September 2019, AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson spoke on the topic of assaults on passenger service agents before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation.
Thousands of Flight Attendants at Delta Air Lines are fighting to join our CWA family by becoming members of AFA-CWA. As passenger service agent members of CWA, we support Delta flight attendants in their fight for a voice on the job.
On October 24, a sea of red shirts greeted CEO Doug Parker and other American Airlines executives at the company's quarterly State of the Airline meeting in Fort Worth. "It was important for us to be there and make our statements on behalf of our co-workers," said Renee de la Garza of Local 6001.

CWA passenger service agents worked hard last year to get language included in the FAA Reauthorization Act to protect agents from assault. The language included in the act ensures that airlines will develop clear procedures for reporting verbal and physical abuse of agents, will immediately notify law enforcement, and will stop passengers involved in violent incidents from proceeding onto aircraft before law enforcement has assessed the situation.

In June 2019 CWA Next Generation and District 3 co-sponsored a new training targeted to the needs of young union members. The participants included two passenger service agents, Jasiman Turner (Piedmont, CLT) and Richard Sanjuan (AA, MIA).
Tragedy visited our CWA Agents family on Sunday, August 11, when passenger service agent Kendrick Darrell Hudson died on the job at Charlotte Douglas International airport. Agents honored his memory at a vigil on August 18.