Miami Air Flight Attendants Authorize Strike

Miami Air flies Major NHL, NBA, NFL Sports Teams

Washington, DC (October 3, 2017) — Miami Air Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted 96 percent for strike authorization. Miami Air is a charter airline operating flights for vacation tour companies and major sports teams including for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Heat, Tampa Bay Lightning and New Jersey Devils.

“Miami Air Flight Attendants are prepared to strike if necessary,” said Natasha Glasper, AFA Miami Air President. “Miami Air is a successful airline and we are a vital part of a team that makes that success possible. Our Flight Attendants are dedicated to reaching a fair contract that recognizes our contributions as aviation’s first responders and the face of Miami Air.”

Negotiations began in January 2015. The the National Mediation Board has overseen negotiations through mediation since December 2015. Negotiations are scheduled to continue in December. Lack of progress could lead to the National Mediation Board (NMB) declaring that negotiations are deadlocked and releasing both parties into a 30-day "cooling off" period leading to a strike deadline. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

Miami Air is privately owned by TSI Holding Company of St. Louis, MO and is a global, charter airline that specializes in providing air travel for such clients such as professional and college sporting teams and Fortune 500 companies.

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The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 72 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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