Flight Attendant Union Prepared To Protect Mesaba Flight Attendants Through Airline Bankruptcy

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today after Pinnacle Airlines, which merged with Mesaba Airlines in January, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization:

“As the certified representative for Mesaba Flight Attendants, AFA will use its standing to participate in the bankruptcy process and ensure that the Flight Attendants’ rights are protected throughout Pinnacle’s restructuring.

“AFA leadership, along with our financial and legal advisors, will monitor developments closely. AFA is committed to protecting Mesaba Flight Attendants and working swiftly through the bankruptcy process with as little disruption as possible.

“AFA will also use its strong ties with the other Mesaba/Pinnacle unions to communicate and coordinate our response to issues that may arise during this bankruptcy.

“Mesaba Flight Attendants have been through bankruptcy before – it wasn’t the fault of Flight Attendants six years ago and it certainly is not the fault of Flight Attendants now. Mismanagement is responsible for poorly running Pinnacle and squandering the millions of dollars in revenue generated by Mesaba prior to the merger. Flight Attendants will remain unified and resolute that we not pay for management failures.”

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 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 60,000 Flight Attendants at 21 airlines 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.

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