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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Flight Attendant Union Calls For Strike Vote

Washington, DC – Air Wisconsin Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are gearing up for a possible strike at the carrier after mediated negotiations recently stalled. Strike vote ballots will be sent to the over 300 Flight Attendants next week with a vote count scheduled for May 22.  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 Contract First in a US Airways/American Deal

Washington DC – Leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), representing pre-merger America West and pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants, issued the following statement on a potential US Airways/American deal. “A contract for Flight Attendants at US Airways must be completed prior to any new merger deal.

We appreciate innovative efforts for an airline business model that supports jobs with good wages, work rules, benefits, and a secure retirement.  In that spirit, any new deal must first acknowledge the contributions of US Airways Flight Attendants through a single contract with job security and improvements promised to Flight Attendants involved in the last merger initiated by US Airways management.  Seven years later that deal still isn’t done.  There is a small window of opportunity for US Airways management to get this right,” stated Deborah Volpe, AFA president of pre-merger America West Flight Attendants, and Mark Gentile, AFA president of pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants.

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Flight Attendant Union Slams American Airlines Management For Dismissing Proposals Containing Significant Savings

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) American Eagle President Robert Barrow issued the following statement today after American Airlines management dismissed recent AFA proposals that would have resulted in significant cost savings for the American Eagle subsidiary: “We are appalled and disappointed at the flippant disregard by American Airlines management throughout this bankruptcy process, especially in negotiating provisions which would have a direct impact on the company’s alleged longevity problem.

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Flight Attendants at Hawaiian Ratify Contract

Washington, DC –Flight Attendants at Hawaiian Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today ratified an agreement that includes increases to compensation and benefits, and enhances quality of life issues for the over 1,200 Flight Attendants. The new contract will remain in place through 2016.

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