One Week To Go – Delta Connection Carrier Compass Flight Attendants Carefully Weigh Vote For First Contract
Washington, DC – With one week to go before voting closes on a tentative agreement, Compass Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are thoughtfully deciding whether to ratify a first contract. Compass is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trans States Holdings and serves as a Delta Connection Carrier.
“Compass Flight Attendants have played a critical role in the success of the airline since operations launched five years ago. It is time that our tremendous efforts are recognized,” said Catriona Bagley, AFA Compass Airlines President. “Compass Flight Attendants want the valuable protections a legally binding contract provides, but this tentative agreement would keep us in the bottom third of all regional carriers. Flight Attendants cannot afford to live on those wages. Our Negotiating Committee does not endorse the tentative agreement, but we strongly believe AFA members should have the right to determine our future through their vote.
“This is a very important decision and if Compass Flight Attendants ratify the contract, AFA is ready and prepared to enforce it. And, if Compass Flight Attendants feel that the agreement does not adequately reflect our vital role as first responders, then AFA is prepared to immediately survey the membership to determine our top priorities. We will focus our issues and work diligently to return to the table to negotiate an agreement that the Flight Attendants can approve,” stated Bagley.
Voting on the tentative agreement for the 450 Flight Attendants at Compass Airlines will conclude at 2:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February 3, 2012.
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 23 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.