For Immediate Release: May 2, 2012
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434 0586
Pinnacle Flight Attendants Gain Chance To Vote For World's Largest Flight Attendant Union
Washington, DC – Today, a strong majority of Pinnacle and Colgan Flight Attendants joined Mesaba Flight Attendants in requesting that the National Mediation Board (NMB) hold an election for representation with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA). On April 18, the NMB declared the Pinnacle/Colgan/Mesaba merger had created a single carrier for representation of over 1,800 Flight Attendants, approximately 600 of whom are already represented by AFA.
“Flight Attendants at the new Pinnacle Airlines are engaged in their careers and their future. In less than two weeks time, our Flight Attendant union received an overwhelming number of cards asking for an election to gain AFA representation,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President. “As the world’s largest Flight Attendant union with over 60 years of experience, these Flight Attendants recognize the advantage of electing AFA to navigate even the most difficult issues in bankruptcy in order to create opportunities for their future at Pinnacle.
“The expertise of our union has resulted in industry-leading contracts and daily representation that is unmatched. With AFA, Flight Attendants get the most experienced negotiators for Flight Attendant contracts in the industry and unparalleled resources in legal representation, EAP services, and safety, health and security standards. The Flight Attendant profession is unique - no one knows our job like other Flight Attendants. For over 60 years, AFA has represented Flight Attendants on the job, on Capitol Hill, before federal agencies and at the bargaining table. AFA is the leading voice for Flight Attendants – 60,000 strong – a union of, by and for Flight Attendants.”
Voting dates will be announced by the NMB soon. Upon securing a majority of votes cast from the combined Pinnacle/Colgan/Mesaba group, AFA will become the exclusive bargaining agent for Flight Attendants at the new Pinnacle.
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.