United Express Carrier Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants to Picket at MKE Tuesday to Pressure United Airlines for a Fair Contract

MILWAUKEE (October 11, 2019) –  On Tuesday, October 15th, United Express Carrier Air Wisconsin flight attendants, who are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), will hold a demonstration at Mitchell International Airport (MKE) as they continue their fight for a fair contract that includes better pay and benefits.

At Tuesday’s protest, Air Wisconsin flight attendants will be rallying and leafleting alongside AFA union leaders, allies, and flight attendants from across the country as they picket to end discriminatory wage policies that flight attendants on regional carriers face. On average, regional flight attendants are compensated 45% less than flight attendants on mainline carriers.

Many Air Wisconsin flight attendants have to make the choice between paying rent or paying for groceries. First year flight attendant salaries at Air Wisconsin can be as low as $15,000 a year and all flight attendants wages are working from 2007 wage rates.

Tuesday’s protest comes on the heels of Air Wisconsin flight attendants asking the National Mediation Board (NMB) for a release from mediation after no movement by the company in negotiations. A release from mediation starts a 30 day cooling-off period which ends with a strike deadline.

Given that Air Wisconsin flight attendants fly under the United Express brand and tickets are sold as United Airlines tickets, they are urging United to step in and help settle the dispute with Air Wisconsin.

As of last fall, Air Wisconsin flight attendants have already authorized a strike by a 99% vote.

WHAT: Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants to Protest for a Fair Contract

WHO: Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants

WHERE: Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE)

      South Ticketing Entrance Location (Departures Level)

WHENTuesday, October 15th, 2019

     12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST


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 74 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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