Flight Attendants March for Equality in Atlanta

Union calls on Delta to equalize pay and standards for all Delta/Delta Connection Flight Attendants.

ATLANTA (May 22, 2016) – Flight Attendants from the U.S. aviation industry will picket tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia for equality. Delta Connection flight attendants are not equally recognized for their contribution as frontline employees of Delta’s network. In Delta’s hometown, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) will protest outside of the World of Coca-Cola, as Coke’s CFO Kathy Waller sits on Delta’s board.

“The airline industry is raking in billions, at the expense of workers on the frontlines of regional airlines,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “Delta and the other major U.S. carriers are profiting from wage inequality. It’s the same brand, the same passengers buying tickets, but the compensation for Delta Connection’s first responders is 45 percent less. Delta is profiting from wage inequality.”

AFA is conducting its annual board meeting in Atlanta this week. AFA recently called on Gov. Deal to veto HB 757, an anti-LGBTQ bill, that would have paved the way for wide-ranging discrimination. For four decades, AFA has promoted equality for all flight attendants, and the union successfully beat back numerous discriminatory practices. So that anyone with the heart of a flight attendant can become one. AFA will also march for this core principle of the union.

Tomorrow’s demonstration continues AFA’s campaign to Bridge the Gap — a concerted effort to end regional and mainline compensation disparity and lift standards for all Flight Attendants.

WHO: Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)
WHEN: 12:45 - 1:15 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2016
WHERE: Outside the World of Coca-Cola (121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)
RSVP: Taylor Garland, press@afanet.org, 202-550-5520

Twitter: Follow us @afa_cwa and use #BridgeTheGap

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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 70 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.

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