Flight Attendant Union Celebrates NATCA's 25th Anniversary

Washington, DC, June 19, 2012 – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today joins the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) in celebrating a quarter century of helping keep America’s aviation system the safest in the world, in the air and on the ground.

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Flight Attendant Union Defends Fair Elections For Aviation Workers

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today participated in a public hearing before the National Mediation Board (NMB) regarding the recently passed amendments to the Railway Labor Act (RLA), specifically as it relates to the NMB’s merger policies and procedures. The anti-labor changes to the RLA included a new section of the statute, Section 2, Twelfth, which raises from 35 to 50, the percentage of the craft or class that must sign authorizations before the Board will conduct an election for union representation. AFA, together with many other transportation unions, argued that this new section of the law does not and should not apply to representation issues in a merger.

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AFA Continental Flight Attendants Reach a New Tentative Agreement with United

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) Continental Master Executive Council and United Continental Holdings, Inc. reached an industry leading tentative agreement on a contract extension covering 10,000 subsidiary Continental Flight Attendants.

Chicago, June 7, 2012 – The AFA Continental Master Executive Council has reached a tentative agreement with United Continental Holdings, Inc. covering 10,000 subsidiary Continental Flight Attendants. The agreement extends their industry leading contract for 28 months while providing the Flight Attendants additional economic and job security, benefits, flexibility, and growth.

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Flight Attendants At Horizon Air Reach Tentative Agreement

Washington, DC, May 30, 2012 – Horizon Air Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today announced a tentative agreement with management. AFA represents the more than 500 Flight Attendants at Horizon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group.

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US Airways Express Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement

Washington, DC, May 25, 2012 – Just days after authorizing a strike by an overwhelming majority, Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today announced a tentative agreement with management. The agreement, reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB), would cover the over 300 Flight Attendants at the carrier. Air Wisconsin, the largest privately held regional airline in the United States, operates as a US Airways Express carrier.

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Flight Attendant Union Secures Senate Advocacy For Inclusion Into Known Crewmember Alternate Screening

Senate Instruction for TSA to Extend Expedited Security Screening to All Flight Attendants

Washington, DC, May 23, 2012 – Veda Shook, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the world’s largest Flight Attendant union, issued a statement after the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security responded to AFA advocacy and directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to include Flight Attendants in the successful alternate security screening program ‘Known Crewmember.’ In addition to funding the TSA, the Fiscal Year 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill requires the TSA Administrator to “establish procedures allowing members of cabin flight crew of air carriers to participate in the Known Crewmember program” within 270 days. Following is Ms. Shook’s statement:

“We thank Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for her Congressional leadership and for partnering with AFA to insist that all crewmembers have access to alternate security screening. From the moment this concept was first discussed, AFA has been the leading advocate for the inclusion of Flight Attendants in alternate screening, now referred to as the Known Crewmember program. We fully support TSA’s implementation of risk-based passenger security screenings as well as expedited alternate screenings as part of that process.

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Flight Attendants At Pinnacle Ready To Vote For The Association Of Flight Attendants

Washington, DC – The National Mediation Board (NMB) today announced the voting schedule for Pinnacle/Colgan/Mesaba Flight Attendants to determine union representation. Voting instructions will be sent to over 1,800 Flight Attendants on June 18, 2012 and voting will close July 16, 2012. The election was called after the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) achieved more than a majority showing of interest to conduct an election with AFA as a choice on the ballot. AFA already represents approximately 600 Flight Attendants at pre-merger Mesaba.

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Flight Attendant Anniversary Highlights Evolution Of Profession

Flight Attendant Union Honors First Flight Attendant Ellen Church

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Veda Shook made the following statement on the 82nd anniversary of Ellen Church starting our profession as the first Flight Attendant hired on May 15, 1930:

“On May 15, 1930, Ellen Church, a young registered nurse, first suggested the idea of ‘skygirls’ to executives at Boeing airlines and became the world’s first Flight Attendant. Those skygirls, who later would be called Flight Attendants, had to be registered nurses, retire at the age of 32, remain single and adhere to a strict set of limitations regarding weight and appearance.

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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Commends President Obama On His Support Of Marriage Equality

Washington, DC – Today, Veda Shook, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), sent a letter to President Obama commending him for his support of marriage equality. AFA has been a longstanding supporter of equal rights for all, as evidenced in 1976 when the union’s Board of Directors amended its by-laws to include the following objective: “To unite all Flight Cabin Crew members regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation or nationality.” In addition, in 2006, the AFA Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution in support of marriage equality.

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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.

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