Flight Attendant Union Pledges to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Year-Round

Flight Attendant Union Pledges to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Year-Round

Date: January 17, 2017
Type: AFA Media Release
Contact: Taylor Garland at 202-550-5520

Washington, DC (January 16, 2017) – As our nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Sara Nelson said:

“We in the Labor Movement will always have a special affinity for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His advocacy for racial and economic justice made the connection – for all workers – between civil rights and workers’ rights.

“Dr. King’s legacy of mobilization for civil rights taught generations of activists – in the women’s movement, the Labor Movement, and other social justice causes – how to bring our issues to the top of the nation’s agenda. His astounding success against overwhelming odds showed all of us what can be achieved when our cause is justice and we stand together.

“This year, as many Flight Attendants prepare to join the Women’s March on Washington, Dr. King’s own words ring in our ears:

“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

“Women will not turn back. Workers will not turn back. Together we will always march ahead. We are stronger together. We are better together.”


The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 71 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.