Democracy Prevails For American Airlines Passenger Service Agents As Union Election Is Scheduled

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) applauded today’s decision by the National Mediation Board (NMB) to schedule a union election for the 9,700 passenger service agents at American Airlines. For months, airline management has been stalling an election for representation by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) through a series of legal maneuvers.

“It seems fitting that as our country gears up to celebrate our democracy next week on Election Day, our fellow frontline aviation professionals will have another opportunity to have their voices heard. As airline management continues to navigate through bankruptcy, American Airlines Passenger Service Agents want the protections that a legally binding contract provides. They want the ability to work with management on rebuilding the carrier, not to be sidelined from the process. Today, we stand together with our sisters and brothers as they have an opportunity to achieve the best protections for passenger service agents during bankruptcy and a better future at American Airlines,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President. 

Voting instructions will be mailed on December 4 with a count date scheduled for January 15, 2013.

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 67 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 come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at

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