Useful Links

Below are hyperlinks to some Government, Union and Aviation websites that you may find helpful.


AirSafe provides resources and information relating to air travel. The site includes airline safety and security data, and a listing of significant events involving plane crashes since 1970. Baggage restriction information is included, along with resources dealing with a fear of flying.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

The AFL-CIO is the largest collection of unions working together for change in the US. It is comprised of over fifty unions and primarily engages in spending money for political purposes while also supporting political activism.

The Association of Flight Attendants

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) represents almost 50,000 flight attendants working in 20 airlines, and speaks out for flight attendants in the government, media and industry. The AFA helps flight attendants negotiate for better compensation and safer work conditions.

Bureau of Consular Affairs

The Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) implements and administers policy related to US Citizens living or traveling outside of the country. The Bureau provides assistance in a wide range of consular and immigration services, and operates as the public interface for the Department of State. CA services include issuing passports and related documentation, maintaining the integrity of U.S. border security, and assisting in legitimate travel to the USA.

Coalition of Labor Union Women

The sole national organization for women union members, the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) is one of 6 constituency groups within the AFL-CIO. The goals of CLUW are to organize female workers, promote women to union leadership positions, bring a pro-women’s agenda into the labor movement, and involve women in political action.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The Federal Aviation Administration oversees all U.S. airspace and works to provide the safest and most efficient aerospace system in the world.

Flight Safety Foundation

The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) is an independent non-profit organization that brings aviation professionals together from around the world to solve aviation safety problems within the industry. Founded in 1947, the FSF’s work involves education, research, publishing and advocacy in the interest of aviation safety.

Known Crewmember (KCM)

Known Crewmember is a program that links various airline employee databases together in an effort to make the Transport Security Administration’s (TSA) process of identifying crewmembers seamless and quick. KCM makes airline screening more efficient. It does this by removing the pilots of the airplanes from passenger screening lines.

National Mediation Board (NMB)

The National Mediation Board is an independent US agency that primarily operates as an intermediary between the airline and railway industries in the nation.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board is a U.S. government agency that investigates airline crashes all over the world and develops reports based on facts that can be used to further protect future flights from the same incidents. It also investigates major crashes in all other kinds of transportation.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Part of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration aims to create safer work spaces for workers in the US by setting standards and guidelines, training workers, and providing assistance.

Retiree Association of Flight Attendants

The international Retiree Association of Flight Attendants (RAFA) serves to unite retired attendants in a social organization and provide strong advocacy for the interests of the membership. The site provide health and insurance information relevant to the industry. RAFA’s 1,500+ nationwide membership includes a category for friends and supporters.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

The Transportation Security Administration was formed as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. Since then, it has been the job of the TSA to make sure all flights are safe and secure from any possible threat to safety.

Crew Member Self Defense Training Program

The TSA also provides a four-hour self defense course for crewmembers of all aircraft in an effort to prepare them for possible fights between them and passengers.

Transport Workers Union

The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) is a US labor union for transit workers. It was founded by New York City subway workers in 1934, and has since grown to include workers employed in other cities. The TWU currently represents and advocates on behalf of over 135,000 members.


Union Privilege operates the Union Plus benefits program that offers consumer assistance to both current and retired union members. Union Privilege is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 by the AFL-CIO to help working families improve their financial situation.

United States Department of Labor (DOL)

The United States Department of Labor is a government agency that oversees the operations of many jobs in the United States and makes sure they operate within the laws and regulations. Many programs that pertain to workplace safety, unionization, wage, etc. are offices in the DOL.

U.S. Department of State — Bureau of Consular Affairs
U.S. Passports

The United States Bureau of Consular Affairs, which operates under the Department of State, is responsible for keeping any citizen of the U.S. safe when they are outside of the country. It also issues U.S. passports. A U.S. passport is required to travel outside of the United States. For all information regarding the acquisition of a passport, you can visit the website below:

United States House of Representatives

The US House is part of the legislative branch of the federal government, composed of members called Representatives who are elected to congressional districts and allocated based on each state’s population. The website provides a directory of Representatives and their activities in legislation and various official committees, along with information about the rules of House governance.

United States Senate

The US Senate is the federal government’s upper chamber of the legislative branch. It has 100 members, two senators for each state. The website provides information on committee assignments and meetings, as well as legislation and voting records. The website also hosts sections on art, history and government resources.

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