Ryan International Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement For First Contract

Washington, DC – Flight Attendants at Ryan International Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today announced a tentative agreement with management for a first contract. The agreement was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board. Ryan International, based in Rockford, IL, provides private charter service as well as passenger service for the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense.

“While this agreement was reached in confines of bankruptcy, Ryan International Flight Attendants had the opportunity to decide what was important to them instead of allowing management to simply impose terms and conditions,” said Mary Lou Riley, Ryan International Master Executive Council President. “Ryan International Flight Attendants have been eager for a legally binding contract that provides job security and valuable protections. Through AFA representation, we were able to secure an agreement that values Ryan Flight Attendants’ exceptional service to the airline and to our clients.”

The agreement includes scheduled increases to pay, improvements to vacation and sick leave, and job security provided through a formalized grievance process. Complete terms of the agreement will be sent to the membership for ratification. This is AFA’s first contract at Ryan International for the nearly 200 Flight Attendants. Ryan International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rubloff Development Group.

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.

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