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Uniforms are a BIG DEAL!
Have You Taken the Gender Expression Uniform Survey?
In order to make sure that Flight Attendants are able to express who we are, it is critical that we understand the importance of gender expression, and ensure our airlines provide equal opportunity to dress and present ourselves in ways that reflect who we are. This is critical to creating a supportive culture, which in turn allows each of us as Flight Attendants to do our job with pride and comfort.
Companies should understand this issue ultimately affects the bottom line. Disallowing Flight Attendants to dress and express in ways that align with their genders is communicating that they are not valuable as employees. Providing this flexibility across carriers or the industry, will send a signal to other industries that we support and advocate for all people. Further, this will impact not only retention of current Flight Attendants, but will also result in recruiting a wider range of skilled Flight Attendants to this industry.
While movements are happening, and policies have been changed, we need EVERYONE to have the opportunity to express themselves.
AFA is working with other aviation unions, and [email protected] to identify these issues together and make sure that we are protecting all Flight Attendants so that we are able to be seen and heard and are able to dress in the way that makes us feel seen in our place of work.
This survey is being conducted to identify those who are feeling discriminated against in the workplace in regards to uniform choices, uniform policies and guidelines at their airlines.
It is also worth noting that many workplaces already have these opportunities and protections in place for every employee, based on EEOC Protections Against Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. We want to make sure Flight Attendants are fully supported in exercising our rights.
Have You Taken the Human Rights Equity Survey Yet?
The AFA Human Rights and Equity Committee is committed to providing the broadest possible representation of our members regardless of age, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, differently abled, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We honor and celebrate the shared humanity of the members in our care. We shall at all times endeavor to promote the principles of tolerance, fairness, equity, justice, respect and inclusion within our Union. It is only when we all band together and work together that we can rally against the walls of division to create a progressive culture that values social and economic justice for all working people.
Towards that end, we would like your assistance in getting these questions answered so that we can learn more about our membership, how you would like us to approach our work as a Committee and offer more support in Human Rights and Equity.