Government Affairs Committee


Robert W Payne (Co-Chair)

Domicile: LAS

Date of Hire: Mar 11th, 2016


Other Member(s):

  • Raychel Armstrong

  • Vanessa Barnes Moline

The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) is a free standing committee, however, we do work hand-in-hand primarily with the Safety/Health/Security Committee (SHS). While SHS handles the issues as they occur and seeks solutions between the company and the union, GAC looks for long-term change through legislation efforts. The efforts pushed forward by GAC are through the actions of lobbying, education and campaigning. 

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Some of the main concerns being addressed by GAC are; OJI regulations, Cabin Air Safety and 10-hour rest (implementation) for Flight Attendants. Although these set of issues have been affecting Flight Attendants for decades, ultimately, the solution is to solve these issues through legislation reform. As we further develop campaigns, at time we will seek member(s) volunteers to aid us in our endeavors.



The Committee On Political Education is a TWU International program, primarily funded by membership donations. For more information about COPE, CLICK HERE


Does the Government Affairs Committee support a political party?

No. The focus of the Government Affairs Committee is on policy issues that directly affect the health, safety, and well being of our workers while performing their duties.

Do my union dues go to support political candidates?

No, the local does not support electoral campaigns. If you want to financially support political candidates supported by the TWU International, you can do so through the International’s Committee On Political Education (COPE). Learn more about COPE and how to get involved by clicking here CLICKING HERE.

How does TWU Local 577 Government Affairs Committee (GAC) determine their agenda?

TWU International coordination with State conferences to set the national agenda for campaigns. The Local GAC promotes these campaigns to 577 members through education and action. 577 GAC will also create custom campaigns that are design to address the unique needs of our members

How are legislative campaigns put into action?

The first step is determining by priority what change is needed. The second step is coming up with a strategy on who in power you can gain access to for presenting your case. Often you may campaign before and after presenting you case to those in power. Campaigning can consist of phone calls, social media and emails all with the aim of educating workers and those in power that can effect change.

How can I get ongoing information about TWU legislative agenda?

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FAQ's DISCLAIMER: The following Frequently Asked Question(s) is only meant to be a guide. Company and legal requirements can change with little notice and may differ from the ones listed.