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2008

  • New administration to bring anticipated advancements for Flight Attendants November 05, 2008 -

    Nov 5 - As the world prepares for a new United States president, AFA-CWA looks forward to continuing work on the many important flight attendant issues that have been suppressed throughout the previous administration.

  • Ryan International Flight Attendants Ready To Join the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA November 04, 2008 -

    The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) yesterday filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold a representational election on behalf of the flight attendants at Ryan International, a U.S.-based air charter carrier.

  • Flight Attendants Condemn UAL Management’s Attempt to Distract from Their Failures by Attacking Employees July 31, 2008 - Airline Sues its Own Employees and their Union, New Labor Relations Low. "Yesterday, United management launched a very serious attack on employees by issuing an inaccurate and misleading media statement concerning the pilots at United Airlines. “This latest union-busting tactic is condemned for what it is: a corrupt attempt to distract workers and travelers of United Airlines from the failures of current executives."
  • Association Of Flight Attendants Endorses Barack Obama For President July 09, 2008 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) Board of Directors today unanimously endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.
  • Hundreds Of Flight Attendants To Gather In Milwaukee To Protest The Worst Pay In The Air At Midwest Airlines July 08, 2008 - Hundreds of flight attendants from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) will convene in Milwaukee tonight to protest Midwest Airlines draconian reductions in flight attendants' pay.
  • AFA-CWA Flight Attendant Featured Speaker At Premiere Working Families Event June 20, 2008 - JUN 20 - Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) member and working mother Jennifer Hunt, addressed the National Partnership for Women and Families annual luncheon today to highlight the need for Congressional legislation that would finally enable flight attendants to qualify for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Flight Attendants Picket During UAL Presentation at Transportation Conference June 18, 2008 - United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), are picketing today outside the Merrill Lynch Global Transportation Conference 2008 as UAL Executive Vice President & CFO Jake Brace presents United's plans for dealing with the current airline environment.
  • Workers Picket UAL Shareholder Meeting in Los Angeles June 11, 2008 - United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), together with other United employees will picket the UAL Shareholder meeting at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills, California on June 11, 2008.
  • AFA-CWA Files Formal Interference Charges Against Delta Air Lines Management June 06, 2008 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) filed formal interference charges today with the National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines management alleging illegal conduct during the recent flight attendant representation election.
  • UAL Union Coalition Demands Say on Pay June 03, 2008 - As United Airlines executives continue filling their pockets to overflowing proportions, the employees, passengers and shareholders continue footing the bill resulting from management’s failed decision making.
  • Northwest And Delta Flight Attendants Launch Plans For Union Election June 02, 2008 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), met with colleagues from Delta Air Lines last week in Washington, DC, for the first of many strategy sessions, planning for the union representation election that will be triggered if the merger between the two carriers is finalized.
  • Delta Flight Attendants Closer To Having A Voice May 28, 2008 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) won the vast majority of the votes cast in an historic election for union representation, but federal rules requiring a majority turnout, coupled with an aggressive voter suppression campaign by Delta management, kept thousands from casting a vote.
  • Flight Attendants Oppose 'Pilot Only' Security Screening May 21, 2008 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) reiterated their concerns today regarding a special Transportation Security Administration (TSA) initiative that would allow over 75,000 pilots to avoid being screened like other aviation employees.
  • Delta Flight Attendant Election Receives Intense Scrutiny In Congressional Merger Hearing May 14, 2008 - In a Congressional hearing yesterday regarding the impact of the proposed merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, members of the U.S. House of Representative's Subcommittee on Aviation grilled Delta CEO Richard Anderson on his failure to declare neutrality in Delta flight attendants' union representation election. Delta flight attendants are in the midst of a vote seeking to become members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • UAL Shareholders to Vote on Executive Compensation April 30, 2008 - As an individual shareholder, Greg Davidowitch, President of Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA) at United Airlines, submitted a stockholder proposal for a Shareholder Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation ('Say on Pay'). Once approved, shareholders would achieve an annual advisory, non-binding vote on executive compensation submitted by the United Board of Directors.
  • Delta-Northwest Merger Fails To Win Approval From Key Stakeholders April 25, 2008 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), which represents Northwest flight attendants and is currently on the ballot for a representation election for Delta Air Lines flight attendants, testified before a U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on the effects the pending merger between Delta and Northwest would have on flight attendants and other employees.
  • Delta Flight Attendants Union Vote Underway April 24, 2008 - Delta Air Lines flight attendants began voting yesterday to join the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA). Polls for the historic representation election opened April 23 at 12:01 a.m. EDT as the National Mediation Board (NMB) sent instructions to the over 13,500 Delta flight attendants.
  • AFA-CWA To Testify At Congressional Hearing On Delta/Northwest Merger April 23, 2008 - On Thursday, April 24 the announced merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines will come under Congressional scrutiny when the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International Vice President Veda Shook testifies before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. AFA-CWA's testimony will focus on the effects the pending merger between will have on flight attendants and other employees, and potential solutions to the worst aspects of the merger.
  • Delta Flight Attendants Prepare For Historic Union Vote April 18, 2008 - With less than one week before the polls open, Delta Air Lines flight attendants are putting the finishing touches on their grass roots campaign to become members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • AFA-CWA Applauds Congress For Initial Efforts To Ban Cell Phone Usage In Flight April 17, 2008 - Earlier this week, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), along with nine bipartisan co-sponsors, introduced legislation that would prohibit airline passengers from making or receiving cellular phone calls during commercial flights.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants To Remain Focused On Contract During Merger April 15, 2008 - As Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines today officially announced the merger of the two carriers, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) Northwest Airlines Master Executive Council President Kevin Griffin issued a statement.
  • Statement by Union Coalition at United Airlines April 15, 2008 - Statement by the Union Coalition at United Airlines regarding possible airline industry consolidation involving United Airlines
  • Flight Attendants Ready to Fight Merger April 14, 2008 - Greg Davidowitch, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) United Airlines Master Executive Council President, issued a statement regarding speculation of a potential merger venture for United Airlines.
  • AFA-CWA Asks Congress To Clarify FMLA Coverage For Flight Attendants April 11, 2008 - Flight Attendant Jennifer Hunt, a member of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today testified before the House Education and Labor Committee on how the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) excludes flight attendants and the devastating effect that has on working families.
  • United and American Flight Attendant Leaders Hold Joint Meeting for Negotiations Strategy April 04, 2008 - Leaders of the APFA representing Flight Attendants at American Airlines together with the leaders of AFA-CWA representing Flight Attendants at United Airlines met Wednesday with industry economists, negotiators, attorneys, and professional pollsters to continue to coordinate efforts to rebuild the Flight Attendant career.
  • United Flight Attendants Elect Militant Leadership April 04, 2008 - Apr 4 - With an eye toward their critical upcoming contract negotiations, United Airlines flight attendant union leaders for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) this week elected a slate of officers with a reputation as tough and militant negotiators.
  • ATA Flight Attendants Union Responds As Airline Shuts Down Abruptly April 03, 2008 - For the second time in one week, a U.S. airline has ceased operations under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Today, ATA Airlines announced that it would discontinue all operations, just hours after filing for bankruptcy.
  • AFA-CWA Applauds Congressional Committee For Upholding FAA Oversight April 03, 2008 - Today's Congressional hearing regarding the lack of oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reaffirms claims made throughout the years by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA). Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President, issued a statement in response to the marathon hearing.
  • Court Fails To Keep Aloha Airlines Flying April 01, 2008 - Yesterday afternoon in a Hawaii bankruptcy court, Judge Lloyd King steadfastly refused to stand in the way of Aloha Airlines' plan to shut down passenger operations.
  • Aloha Flight Attendants Fight Closure Of Passenger Service March 31, 2008 - Aloha Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) filed court papers today opposing the airline's bankruptcy court motion to approve the shutdown.
  • Delta Flight Attendants To Begin Voting In April March 25, 2008 - Flight attendants at Delta Air Lines received news this week from the National Mediation Board (NMB) that their opportunity to vote on becoming members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) will begin on April 23, 2008.
  • Aloha Flight Attendants Brace For Second Round Of Bankruptcy March 21, 2008 - Aloha Flight Attendants Brace For Second Round Of Bankruptcy
  • Delta Flight Attendants To Participate In Historic Union Election March 20, 2008 - Flight attendants at Delta Air Lines received news this week from the National Mediation Board (NMB) that they will soon have the opportunity to vote on becoming members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • US Airways Continues Downward Spiral as Labor Woes Intensify February 28, 2008 - US Airways employees today demanded that management address labor's issues and work with labor to turnaround the fledgling airline.
  • Union Cards to be Submitted to Federal Agency on February 14 February 08, 2008 - Delta Air Lines flight attendants will file cards on Thursday, February 14, seeking a union representation election according to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Approve Fleet Enhancement Deal February 04, 2008 - Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), announced today that they have reached an agreement that will allow company management to move forward with its new fleet acquisition.
  • US Airways' Employees Unite, Warn Management to Dump Anti-Labor Tactics January 23, 2008 - For the first time in the history of the new US Airways, labor groups representing approximately 30,000 union members at the airline have joined together in a coalition to demand that management complete the merger that began nearly three years ago.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Outline Conditions for a Successful Merger January 22, 2008 - With the growing likelihood of a merger involving Northwest Airlines, the interests of the Northwest Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), are paramount in evaluating any proposed transaction. Northwest flight attendants today outlined conditions needed in order for a merger to garner AFA-CWA's support.
  • Mergers will Fail without Support of Flight Attendants January 15, 2008 - In response to reports on merger discussions between Delta and United Airlines, Greg Davidowitch, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA at United Airlines reiterated a message Flight Attendants have consistently delivered on the subject of consolidation.
  • Flight Attendants Ready to Rebuild Profession, Win Improvements January 10, 2008 - Union Leaders Prepared to Confront Realities of Marketplace
  • Flight Attendant Unions Prepare To Take On Airline Industry January 02, 2008 - In the next two years, more than half of all flight attendant contracts with U.S. airlines will be up for negotiations and union leaders representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants will meet in Washington, DC on January 8-10 for an unprecedented bargaining summit.

2007

  • AFA-CWA Gets Congress To Support Seniority Protections For Flight Attendants December 18, 2007 - In a career driven by seniority and an industry fueled by consolidation threats, flight attendants across the country today earned an initial victory in protecting their futures.
  • UAL Payout Short Changes Shareholders December 07, 2007 - AFA-CWA today blasted the decision of UAL executives, which was also approved by the UAL Board of Directors, to give a special payout to shareholders. The Union said this move undercuts the value of United Airlines by favoring short-term shareholder returns over a strong, motivated workforce, an improved customer experience and the long-term health of the airline.
  • Unions Furious with Exclusion of Employees in UAL Payout December 07, 2007 - The leaders of the three largest Unions at United Airlines, Mark Bathurst, United Master Executive Council Chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA); Greg Davidowitch, United Master Executive Council President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA); and Randy Canale, President and Directing General Chairman of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), District 141, issued a statement in response to the decision of UAL executives, and approved by the UAL Board of Directors, to give a $250 million special payout to shareholders.
  • Flight Attendants Stand with Writers for Shared Rewards December 06, 2007 - Uniformed United Airlines flight attendants, represented by AFA-CWA, will join writers represented by Writers Guild of America-West, on the picket line December 7th outside the Citibank building in Burbank, CA.
  • Aloha Airlines Flight Attendant Retires After 50 Years November 30, 2007 - Aloha Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), fellow crew members and management today celebrated the retirement of Aloha's longest flying flight attendant, Patricia Smart, after 50 years with the airline.
  • Union Coalition at United Airlines Demands Repayment with Airline's "Found Money" November 27, 2007 - The Union Coalition at United Airlines issued a statement condemning United's announcement that it will restructure current credit agreements in hopes of pursuing "shareholder-oriented initiatives." The Unions reiterate that any "excess cash" belongs first to the workers of United Airlines.
  • Flight Attendants Confirm Worker Rights Amid Merger Speculation November 14, 2007 - Greg Davidowitch, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) United Airlines Master Executive Council President, issued a statement regarding speculation of a potential merger venture for United Airlines.
  • Flight Crew Hospitalized For Poor Air Quality - AFA-CWA Again Calls For Further Study Of Issue November 05, 2007 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) issued the following statement regarding today's US Airways incident in which five crew members were hospitalized for symptoms related to carbon monoxide poisoning after a flight from Washington, DC, to Boston.
  • US Airways Number One Flight Attendant Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary November 02, 2007 - This weekend represents an important milestone for Bette Nash, a US Airways flight attendant. On November 4, she will celebrate her 50 year anniversary as a flight attendant, firmly keeping her place as number one on the US Airways seniority list.
  • Hundreds of Flight Attendants To Gather In Phoenix For Unprecedented Rally October 10, 2007 - Hundreds of flight attendants from 20 AFA-CWA carriers will rally at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to support their fellow flight attendants at US Airways and Mesa Airlines in their fight for fair contracts.
  • Mesa Airlines Management's Recent Turmoil Raises Concerns For Flight Attendants October 04, 2007 - Reports of Mesa Airlines management's recent deceptions have Mesa flight attendants skeptical about management's commitment to improving the quality of life of their employees.
  • Labor Problems Still Unresolved On Two Year Anniversary Of Us Airways Merger September 26, 2007 - Thursday, September 27 marks the two year anniversary of the merger between America West Airlines and US Airways, yet flight attendants see no reason to celebrate. Single contract talks between management and flight attendants have dragged on for over 19 months with simple non-economic issues unresolved.
  • Groundbreaking FAA Reauthorization Promises Gains For Flight Attendants September 20, 2007 - Flight attendants today made significant headway in improving workplace safety and health when the United States House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), H.R. 2881.
  • Flight Attendants Strike a Blow Against Greedy Bankruptcy Firms September 11, 2007 - AFA-CWA stood squarely in the path of outrageous enhancement fees demanded by four firms that represented Northwest Airlines during its bankruptcy. The Court agreed with the flight attendants' objection to millions of dollars in additional fees for services the firms had already received compensation. The court denied two of the fee applications and delayed until later the hearing on two others.
  • Delta Flight Attendants’ Campaign To Join Union Reaches Milestone September 07, 2007 - Delta flight attendants' quest to join AFA-CWA reached an important milestone this week when the number of activist volunteers topped 1,000.
  • Flight Attendants Testify for Corporate Bankruptcy Law Reform September 06, 2007 - AFA-CWA United Airlines Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch will testify today, September 6, 2007, before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law during a hearing titled, "American Workers in Crisis: Does the Chapter 11 Business Bankruptcy Law Treat Employees and Retirees Fairlya"
  • AFA-CWA Calls for Bankruptcy Reform to End the Abuse of Airline Employees September 06, 2007 - The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law heard testimony today from employee groups regarding how corporate bankruptcy laws are grossly skewed towards management.
  • Compass Flight Attendants Call For Union Election August 22, 2007 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold a representational election on behalf of Compass Airlines flight attendants.
  • AFA-CWA Works With Congress To Improve Aviation Safety July 26, 2007 - Washington, DC -A Congressional conference committee yesterday completed work on H.R. 1, Implementing the 9/11 Commission's Recommendations Act, possibly clearing it for final passage by the end of the week.
  • Plenty of Money to Go Around for UAL Flight Attendants July 24, 2007 - Second quarter earnings consistent with industry competitors come as no surprise, but United Airlines fails to reach its potential. The airline has great opportunity to soar. Profits must be invested in employees.
  • Flight Attendants Escalate Fight to Rebuild Career July 20, 2007 - Leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) adopted a formal resolution this week and escalated efforts to open negotiations early, demanding raises and other improvements.
  • AFA-CWA Opposed to FAA Decision to Allow Airline To Circumvent Regulations July 12, 2007 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) is considering filing a formal appeal with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a recent ruling which reduces the required number of flight attendants onboard an aircraft during the boarding of passengers at an intermediate stop.
  • Northwest Airlines Flight Attendant Union Leader Calls For CEO Resignation July 06, 2007 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today called for the resignation of Northwest Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas Steenland.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Receive Equity Claim July 02, 2007 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today received the proceeds of a $182 million equity claim negotiated by the union during the company's bankruptcy.
  • AFA-CWA Raises Awareness of Flight Attendant Fatigue June 05, 2007 - AFA-CWA International President Patricia Friend will testify in front of Congress on Wednesday, June 6, regarding the need for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to include flight attendant fatigue concerns in their "most wanted" recommendation regarding reducing accidents and incidents caused by human fatigue.
  • Coalition for an Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights and AFA-CWA Join To Urge Congress to Enact Aviation Policy Reform June 05, 2007 - JUN 5 - The leading airline passenger rights group and the world’s largest flight attendant union have joined together to urge Congress to address serious flaws in current aviation policy.
  • Flight Attendants Advocate for Passenger Rights June 01, 2007 - United management's new "flights of note" customer service policy does nothing to fix the poor planning, poor scheduling and poor staffing decisions that cause increased cancellations. Instead, management has set up conditions for a long, hot summer of delays, missed business meetings and disrupted family vacations.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Sell Equity Claim May 31, 2007 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by AFA-CWA, today sold a $182 million equity claim, just two days after ratifying a bankruptcy-driven contract which included the claim.
  • Flight Attendants Say Re-Election of UAL BOD is Risky Business May 10, 2007 - United Airlines flight attendants are concerned with the risky shareholder decision to re-elect the 10 nominees of the UAL BOD while the only thing rising at United Airlines is executive compensation. Previously the flight attendant's union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), had urged its members who hold stock in the company to withhold authority for election of the 10 ten nominees for the UAL board.
  • Spirit Flight Attendants Take A Stand Against Unreasonable Management May 10, 2007 - While management at Spirit Airlines evaluates every aspect of the airline under a microscope to see how they can cut costs, they are putting unreasonable demands upon flight attendants by insisting that planes be ready for departure 30 minutes after previous passengers depart the aircraft.
  • Flight Attendants Picket UAL Shareholder's Meeting May 09, 2007 - United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), and other United employees will picket the UAL Shareholder meeting at the Chicago Field Museum on May 10, 2007. Picketing is scheduled to begin at 9:45 am on the south side of the museum.
  • US Airways Flight Attendant Frustration And Fury Grows At US Airways May 08, 2007 - Flight Attendants at US Airways and America West Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), took their message to the streets today and protested the continued failure of US Airways' management to deliver on promises made to employees, passengers, and investors.
  • United Management on Spending Spree with Shareholder & Employee $$$ May 04, 2007 - May 3 - United Airlines? management today announced an agreement for a minority equity stake in Aloha Airlines ?that could expand over time.? Greg Davidowitch, President of AFA-CWA at United Airlines denounced the move as ?another example of too much money in the hands of wrong people.?
  • NWA AFA Flight Attendants Win Bankruptcy Claim for Series C Stock May 03, 2007 - AFA-CWA prevailed in bankruptcy court yesterday, securing a claim for roughly $65 million based on payment for Series C Preferred Stock that had been the subject of an earlier lawsuit.
  • Mesa Flight Attendants Bring Message Of Equality To Congress May 01, 2007 - Several Mesa flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), took to Capitol Hill last week to speak to elected leaders about the current status of negotiations with the airline's management, and implore Congress to urge Mesa management to bring fairness and equality to the bargaining table.
  • UAL Unions Express Concern with First Quarter Results April 27, 2007 - United Airlines' first quarter net loss of $152 million, is unacceptable after employees were forced to make life-changing sacrifices totaling $5.6 billion annually in cuts to pensions, pay, healthcare and work rules. This loss represents a failure by management.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement April 26, 2007 - After a week of intense bargaining sessions, Northwest flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), and Northwest Airlines management reached a tentative agreement today.
  • #1 Flight Attendant Retires from Friendly Skies after 60 Years April 23, 2007 - United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by AFA-CWA, applaud the number one Flight Attendant in the industry, Iris Peterson, as she retires from the job that started as "sky girl" or "stewardess" and evolved to "certified safety professional" and a career for "Flight Attendants."
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Receive Bipartisan Support from Capitol Hill April 21, 2007 - Congressional leaders are submitting letters to the National Mediation Board (NMB) encouraging them to release both parties from further talks. This would start a 30-day cooling off period before Northwest Flight Attendants would have the right to strike over the abrogation of their Contract.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Ask NMB To Declare An Impasse In Negotiations April 17, 2007 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) yesterday once again asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) to release them from further mediation with the airlines' management and to start a 30-day cooling-off period.
  • Flight Attendants Ask Congress to Limit Executive Compensation April 16, 2007 - United Airlines Flight Attendant and Association of Flight Attendants-CWA member Antoinette Muoneke will testify Tuesday, April 17, 2007, before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law during a hearing titled, "Executive Compensation in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases - How Much is Too Much?"
  • Flight Attendants Urge Shareholders to Shun United Board Nominees April 13, 2007 - The union representing United Airlines flight attendants today urged its members who hold stock in the company to take a stand against nominees to the board of directors of UAL Corp., the airline?s parent company.
  • Lawmakers Set a Minimum Wage and Should Set a Maximum Wage April 11, 2007 - United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, are demanding that Congress address the wage disparity between workers and executives. Members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO are informing members of Congress about the outrageous compensation levels of United executives, while Flight Attendants continue to struggle to regain pay and benefits lost during the airline's recent bankruptcy.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Assert Right To Strike April 03, 2007 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today announced plans to escalate their legal battle to restore their right to strike.
  • UAL Union Coalition Demands Shared Rewards March 27, 2007 - United's Proxy Statement filed yesterday with the SEC exposes extraordinary executive greed - Glenn Tilton alone claiming more for himself than the entire airline's annual profit. Employees are outraged.
  • AFA-CWA Sets Out Initiatives For FAA Reauthorization March 22, 2007 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today testified before the House Aviation Subcommittee on issues concerning flight attendants' that need to be addressed in the upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
  • AFA-CWA Applauds Anticipated FCC Decision To Keep Cell Phones Off Aircraft March 22, 2007 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today applauded Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin’s recommendation to drop a tentative plan that would permit in-flight cell phone use onboard commercial aircraft.
  • AFA-CWA Says DOT Ruling Encourages Foreign Ownership March 21, 2007 - The Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday green lighted an application from Virgin America despite the fact that the revised application still shows that it is under foreign ownership.
  • Flight Attendants Condemn DOT For Opening Backdoor To Virgin Group In America March 20, 2007 - United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants -CWA, AFL-CIO, expressed deep disappointed with the Department of Transportation (DOT) tentative ruling allowing Virgin America access to the healing U.S. aviation industry and condemns the agency for jeopardizing this vital American interest.
  • AFA-CWA Says Airlines Future In Jeopardy March 20, 2007 - Last year, the Department of Transportation (DOT) rejected a foreign airline’s bid to enter the U.S. aviation market because the airline, Virgin America, could not prove that it was owned and operated by U.S. citizens. Virgin America since resubmitted their application and today, the DOT said the airline succeeded in meeting the citizenship test.
  • Flight Attendants Define Role As First Responders March 13, 2007 - At 39,000 feet, flight attendants are the first, and in many cases, the only responders for health, safety and security threats that occur in the air just as they do on the ground.
  • Flight Attendants Frustrated with Mismanagement of US Airways March 13, 2007 - Flight attendants at US Airways and America West Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), are frustrated with merger-related operational failures that have alienated loyal US Airways customers.
  • AFA-CWA Launches Campaign Against Foreign Ownership February 26, 2007 - To protect U.S. airlines from losing control of the aviation market to foreign interests, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today officially launched a grassroots campaign demanding that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) again deny an application by foreign carrier Virgin America to fly U.S. domestic routes.
  • Flight Attendants Oppose Backdoor Foreign Ownership Deal February 22, 2007 - Against the will of Congress and in step with the Bush Administration's plans, foreign ownership of US airlines is again raising it's ugly head through Branson's Virgin Group. AFA-CWA opposes Virgin America's revised application seeking DOT approval to operate US domestic flights because it would exempt the foreign-owned company from long-standing law set to protect US aviation and set a dangerous standard. Virgin America is like a pig in lipstick -- it may be a prettier pink, but it's still a pig. Foreign ownership is foreign ownership.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Ask Court For Relief From Concessions February 12, 2007 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) at Northwest Airlines today filed a motion for relief from the concessions Northwest management imposed through the bankruptcy process.
  • AFA Urges Congress to Protect Workers in Mergers January 25, 2007 - Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International President Patricia Friend submitted testimony today to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee regarding the need for federal oversight of airline mergers to mitigate their impact on airline employees and the aviation industry.

2006

  • Labor Un-Relations Could Lead to Rocky New Year at Mesa Group Airlines December 15, 2006 - Flight attendants at MESA Group airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) have asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) for a federal mediator to be present at future negotiations with management. AFA-CWA has requested mediation due to continued, non-productive contract negotiations and management’s insistence in obtaining a contract that is cost neutral.
  • Any Successful Merger Will Require the Support of Flight Attendants December 13, 2006 - Greg Davidowitch, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) United Airlines Master Executive Council President, issued a statement regarding a potential merger venture for United Airlines.
  • Mesaba Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify Concessionary Agreement November 27, 2006 - Mesaba Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today voted to ratify a concessionary agreement that will enable their airline to navigate out of bankruptcy.
  • Court Tramples Mesaba Flight Attendants' Right To Strike October 24, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN - Flight attendants at Mesaba Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), vow to continue their fight against impending pay cuts and the rejection of their contract despite an injunction issued late yesterday by a United States bankruptcy court.
  • Judge Allows Mesaba Airlines To Abrogate Labor Contracts October 17, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN – For the second time this year, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Gregory F. Kishel sided with Mesaba Airlines’ management today and granted their motion to abrogate the labor contract of their flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • US Airways Flight Attendants To Stage Nationwide Halloween Protest October 16, 2006 - US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), will picket seven airports across the country on Halloween, October 31, 2006, to protest stagnant wages, sluggish contract negotiations and management's "nothing-for-workers" negotiating stance.
  • AFA-CWA Calls for Union Election at Allegiant Air October 06, 2006 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold an election for union representation on behalf of Allegiant Air's flight attendants.
  • Mesaba Airline Workers Present New Proposal To Management October 03, 2006 - The Mesaba Labor Coalition, comprised of flight attendants, mechanics and pilots working for regional airline Mesaba Aviation, Inc., presented management with a joint proposal today outlining shared concessions that would pave the way for the airline's emergence from bankruptcy.
  • Flight Attendants Say America West-US Airways Merger Anniversary Means Bumpy Skies September 26, 2006 - On the one-year anniversary of the merger between America West Airlines and US Airways, flight attendant leaders say the merger is a mix of sluggish negotiations, low wages, and the failure to follow existing contracts.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Declare Negotiations At Impasse September 21, 2006 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) yesterday declared their contract negotiations at an impasse and have asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) to release them from further mediation with the airlines' management.
  • Court Tramples Right To Strike September 15, 2006 - Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), vowed to continue their fight against drastic pay cuts and the rejection of their contract despite an injunction issued today by the U.S. District Court in New York. CHAOS™ strike preparations will continue while the union files an appeal.
  • Mesaba Flight Attendants Win Right To Retain Contract September 14, 2006 - Mesaba flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), won a decisive victory in federal district court yesterday when Judge Michael Davis overturned an earlier decision that gave the company permission to reject the contracts of their employees.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Report To Judge August 30, 2006 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), informed U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero today by letter that currently, there is little possibility of meaningful negotiations with the airline.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Strike Temporarily Blocked August 25, 2006 - A United States District Court judge today temporarily blocked a planned strike by Northwest flight attendants until he has time to review the case.
  • Bankruptcy Court Upholds Flight Attendants' Right To Strike August 17, 2006 - The Northwest Airlines flight attendants' right to strike was upheld today by a federal bankruptcy court.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Extend CHAOS Deadline August 11, 2006 - In light of the heightened security concerns throughout the airline industry, Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), informed the company today that they would extend their deadline to bring CHAOS to the airline by 10 days. This extension makes the strike deadline effective August 25 at 9:01 pm CDT.
  • US Airways Flight Attendants Outraged By Management Pay Increases August 07, 2006 - While flight attendants from US Airways and America West, both represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), are striving in negotiations to reach a combined contract, the company announced last week that a three percent pay increase for management will take place this fall.
  • AFA-CWA Heads To Court To Defend Flight Attendants' Right To Strike August 02, 2006 - Northwest Airlines filed suit in the bankruptcy court yesterday to block the flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), from exercising their right to strike on August 15.
  • AFA-CWA Gives Northwest Airlines 15-Day Strike Notice August 01, 2006 - Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), last night informed the company of their intent to exercise their right to strike in 15-days. Effective August 15 at 9:01 pm, CHAOS could arrive at Northwest Airlines.
  • AFA-CWA Applauds House Homeland Security Committee On Passage Of Bill To Remove Weapons From Aircraft July 20, 2006 - The House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill yesterday that would force the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to remove scissors and other dangerous objects from the approved carry-on list. The Homeland Security Authorization Bill included a provision directing the TSA to once again prohibit these items.
  • NWA Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement July 17, 2006 - After a week of intense bargaining and a final, marathon session, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and Northwest Airlines reached a new tentative agreement early this morning. Negotiators reached the agreement in time to avoid rejection of the existing flight attendant contract, as had been authorized by the bankruptcy court.
  • Judge Allows Mesaba Airlines to Abrogate Labor Contracts July 14, 2006 - In a devastating testament to the enormous protection corporations receive under the bankruptcy code, Federal Bankruptcy Judge Gregory F. Kishel sided with Mesaba Airlines' management today and granted the company's motion to abrogate the labor contract of their flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • FAA Releases Flight Attendant Fatigue Study After Heavy Pressure From AFA-CWA July 07, 2006 - After intense pressure for over a year from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally delivered the flight attendant fatigue study to Congress, who requested it at AFA-CWA's urging last year.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Take Control - Chose AFA-CWA For New Representation July 06, 2006 - Northwest flight attendants made a monumental decision today and elected the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) as their new bargaining representative. AFA-CWA received 4,349 votes.
  • US Airways Flight Attendants Outraged By Management Profiteering June 16, 2006 - While flight attendants from US Airways and America West, both represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), are wading through negotiations for a combined contract, the airline's management team was busy exercising over eight million dollars in stock options.
  • Congress Confirms the U.S. Airline Industry is Not for Sale June 14, 2006 - Taking a bold stand against the Bush Administration's attempts to bypass the authority of Congress, the House of Representatives took a stand against foreign ownership of U.S. airlines today.
  • U.S. Airline Industry: Not for Sale June 13, 2006 - Directly in line with the Dubai ports deal, the Bush Administration bypassed Congress and arbitrarily set a rule that changes long-standing aviation law to allow foreign control of U.S. airlines and their operations. United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFA-CWA, AFL-CIO, has launched a massive grassroots campaign to protect U.S. aviation.
  • Mesaba Airlines Re-Files Bankruptcy Motion after Pathetic Attempt to Negotiate June 13, 2006 - For the second time in less than six months, Mesaba Airlines filed an 1113(c) motion on Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking the right to abrogate the collective bargaining agreement of their flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • Judge Denies Mesaba Airline’s Motion To Reject Flight Attendant Contract May 18, 2006 - Federal Bankruptcy Judge Gregory F. Kishel rejected Mesaba Airlines 1113(c) motion to abrogate the labor contracts of the company’s more than 400 Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).
  • Election Set For Northwest Flight Attendants Representational Vote May 09, 2006 - The National Mediation Board (NMB)has determined that more than half of the Northwest Flight Attendants are in support of representation by the Association of Flight Attendants. This triggers a representational election through the NMB.
  • Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify Agreement With Management April 27, 2006 - Alaska Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today ratified a four-year agreement with the company.
  • AFA-CWA Calls For Union Election At Northwest Airlines April 07, 2006 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold a representational election on behalf of Northwest Airlines flight attendants.
  • Leave All Blades Behind Takes Step Towards Law March 17, 2006 - The Congressional Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection and Cybersecurity yesterday accepted Rep. Edward Markey's (D-MA) Leave All Blades Behind amendment, bringing it one step closer to reaching the House floor.
  • Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement with Company March 16, 2006 - After two and a half years of negotiations and last year’s rejected tentative agreement, the Master Executive Council representing Alaska Airlines flight attendants, members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, announced yesterday that they have reached a new tentative agreement with management.
  • Flight Attendants Ratify Pension Replacement Plan February 24, 2006 - The United flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, ratified an agreement for a pension replacement plan that provides a foundation of retirement security following the termination of their Defined Benefit Pension Plan.
  • Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Continues to Advocate for Child Restraint Systems Onboard Aircraft February 13, 2006 - For more than 15 years, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) has been urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to require mandatory use of child restraint systems during takeoff, landing, and turbulence on board aircraft.
  • Paris Flight Attendants at United Direct Leadership to Prepare for a Strike February 07, 2006 - Members of the Paris Local Council for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO unanimously adopted a resolution today during a local meeting to direct their leaders to prepare for a strike.
  • Mesaba Airlines Files Bankruptcy Motion To Seek Further Concessions From Flight Attendants February 06, 2006 - Mesaba Airlines filed an 1113(c) motion on Friday that seeks the right to abrogate the Mesaba flight attendants' collective bargaining agreement.
  • AFA-CWA Deplores Northwest's Attempt To Outsource Flight Attendant Jobs February 03, 2006 - Yesterday in federal court, Northwest management described a plan to outsource 30 percent of their international flight attendant positions to non-union, non-U.S. workers.
  • Flight Attendants Secure Deal for Retirement January 18, 2006 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA today announced that the union has reached a tentative agreement with United Airlines for a defined contribution pension plan.
  • Court Concurs PBGC/UAL Agreement Improper Basis For Pension Plan Termination, But Denies Union Motion January 13, 2006 - The District Court for the District of Columbia today issued a ruling against the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and found that the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) complied with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and other applicable laws in terminating the Flight Attendant Pension Plan.
  • Flight Attendants Fighting Executive Compensation January 11, 2006 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA has filed an objection to United's POR due to additional bonus program, the Management Equity Incentive Plan (MEIP) and management's attempt to include a reservation of rights to reject the Flight Attendant Collective Bargaining Agreement after exit from bankruptcy.
  • Independence Air Flight Attendants Oppose Executive Bonuses January 04, 2006 - Independence Air flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), today filed an objection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court against the airline's request to pay $3.2 million in bonuses to a small group of handpicked executives.

2005

  • Association Of Flight Attendants Launches Online Petition To Keep Dangerous Items Off Planes December 21, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) has launched a public, online petition to stop the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) partial lift of the prohibited items ban.
  • Association Of Flight Attendants Testify Before Senate On New TSA Regulations December 12, 2005 - Patricia A. Friend, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, testified today before the United States Senate Transportation Committee regarding the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) new passenger screening procedures which will allow a partial lift of items currently on the prohibited items list.
  • Flight Attendants Join Together To Lobby Against Outsourcing November 02, 2005 - Flight attendants from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) and the Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA), an independent organization representing Northwest Airlines flight attendants, today joined forces on Capitol Hill to inform lawmakers of the severity that outsourcing jobs would have on the flight attendant profession.
  • Appeals Court Points Flight Attendants to Case against PBGC to Restore Pension Plan November 01, 2005 - AFA Continues to Focus Its Legal Appeal on Challenge of PBGC Actions
  • Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants Object To Gotbaum's Request For Multi-Million Dollar Bonus October 26, 2005 - Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) voiced their disapproval today to Hawaiian Trustee Joshua Gotbaum's recent request for an eight million dollar bonus.
  • Aloha Flight Attendants File Objection To Corporate Motion That Would Annul Contracts October 25, 2005 - Aloha flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), filed an objection yesterday to an 1113(c) motion filed by Aloha Airlines in October, which would abrogate the collective bargaining contracts of Aloha's labor unions.
  • Association Flight Attendants Offer To Lend Unconditional Support Of Resources To Northwest Flight Attendants October 18, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) offered an unconditional, no-strings-attached, pledge of resources and support to the Professional Association of Flight Attendants (PFAA).
  • Flight Attendant Associations Call for Boycott of New Movie Flight Plan September 27, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), along with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and Southwest Airlines flight attendants represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 today called for all members to boycott the recent Hollywood film Flight Plan, starring Jodie Foster.
  • Flight Attendants File Suit Against Government Agencies September 19, 2005 - AFA-CWA filed a complaint in District Court against Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and FAA Administrator Marion Blakely for their failure to ensure the health and safety of flight attendants and other employees working in the airline industry.
  • Flight Attendants Demand Immediate Congressional Action as Airline Bankruptcies Terrorize Workers’ Pension Protections September 16, 2005 - Flight Attendants have warned for months that United's action to dump pensions on the government would trigger a collapse of the nation's pension system. With the bankruptcy filings of Delta and Northwest, the collapse is now imminent. Congress must act.
  • Senate Must Not Forget Flight Attendants for Pension Protections September 16, 2005 - Following the Delta and Northwest bankruptcy filings, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid issued a press release calling for immediate action to preserve the employee pension plans at Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines. He declared that Congress ‘must not sit by and do nothing while thousands of hard working Americans' retirement security is at risk’ echoing the words spoken by United Flight Attendants for months. Flight Attendants call for commitment from Reid to include them in airline worker pension protections.
  • AFA-CWA Prepared to Help Northwest Flight Attendant through Bankruptcy September 15, 2005 - AFA-CWA has the experience, knowledge and resources to represent NWA Flight Attendants during bankrtupcy.
  • Northwest Flight Attendants Demand New Representation September 14, 2005 - AFA-CWA announced an organizing campaign to represent Northwest Airlines flight attendants.
  • AFA-CWA Launches Campaign to Organize Northwest Flight Attendants September 14, 2005 - Northwest Flight Attendants seek representation, experience and power of AFA-CWA.
  • California State Assembly Strongly Supports Federal Legislation to Restore Flight Attendant Pensions August 19, 2005 - The California State Assembly passed a resolution yesterday with a 44 to 22 vote in favor of Resolution No. 18 which calls for federal legislation that would aid in the protection of hard-earned retirement benefits for all non-executive and non-management employees in the airline industry.
  • Flight Attendants Disapprove of Proposed TSA Revisions August 18, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) filed a formal complaint today with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in response to the recent announcement that the TSA will be reviewing proposals next month that could drastically revise current security procedures.
  • CHAOS™ Goes Global at United Airlines July 28, 2005 - Amid calls for removal of current management and competing business plans, United Airlines flight attendants will take their CHAOS™ global on Thursday, with coordinated demonstrations at 20 or more locations on three continents.
  • Workers' Pensions In Crisis As Senate Set To Break July 28, 2005 - Flight attendants are outraged that the United States Senate has been slow to act for the retirement security of American workers and narrowed the options of United Flight Attendants in their fight to preserve their pensions.
  • Flight Attendants Protest Pension Termination July 21, 2005 - Flight attendants will alert passengers on Friday, July 22, through leafleting and picketing that the fight to preserve their defined benefit pension plan includes legal appeal, legislative action and, if necessary, the implementation of CHAOS™ strikes.
  • Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Reject Tentative Agreement July 19, 2005 - Alaska Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, rejected a five-year tentative contract agreement with the airline.
  • AFA Testifies Before U.S. House Committee on Maintaining Cell Phone Ban on Airplanes July 14, 2005 - Washington, D.C - Patricia A. Friend, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, testified today before the United States House Aviation Subcommittee on the issue of allowing the use of cellular telephones and other wireless communications devices on commercial aircraft.
  • Flight Attendants Cancel CHAOS™ Events Due To London Attacks July 07, 2005 - In light of the terrorist attacks on the transportation system in London today, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO has cancelled all CHAOS™ activities scheduled for today, Thursday, July 7, 2005.
  • United Flight Attendants Protest Pension Termination July 06, 2005 - Flight attendants will alert passengers on Thursday, July 7, through leafleting and picketing that the fight to preserve their defined benefit pension plan includes legal appeal, legislative action and, if necessary, the implementation of CHAOS™ strikes.
  • Pension Termination Triggers Flight Attendant's Right to CHAOS™ Strikes at United Airlines June 30, 2005 - CHICAGO - Flight attendants at United Airlines, angry over the steps taken today to begin the termination of their pension plan, announced their right to strike in response. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) has asserted it will call for CHAOS™ strikes if the flight attendants' contract is altered by termination of the pension plan.
  • Flight Attendants Score Key Victory in Congress June 24, 2005 - Flight attendants at United Airlines scored a key legislative victory today in their battle to preserve their pension plan. The House of Representatives passed an amendment to an appropriations bill prohibiting the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) from spending funds on the termination of their pension plan.
  • Flight Attendants Fight UAL CEO Tilton's Deal to End Pensions June 23, 2005 - United Airlines Flight Attendants today denounced the company's deal to terminate their pension plan. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today placed legal notices in several major newspapers announcing that it will act on United's deal for the agency to take over trusteeship of the United Airlines Flight Attendant Pension Plan on June 30, 2005.
  • California State Senate Unanimously Supports Pension Legislation June 23, 2005 - The California State Senate passed a resolution today that would allow United Flight Attendants to continue to seek judicial review of the decision by the bankruptcy court concerning the viability of their pension plan.
  • Senate Holds Hearing On Future Of PBGC June 17, 2005 - The United States Senate Budget Committee held a hearing Wednesday regarding the solvency of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
  • Flight Attendant Joins Members Of Congress For Pension Press Conference June 16, 2005 - Jayme Manley, a flight attendant for United Airlines, joined Representatives George Miller (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) at a press conference yesterday to highlight the human aspect of the current pension crisis.
  • Flight Attendants Conduct CHAOS™ Drill at O'Hare June 10, 2005 - This afternoon, in an exercise the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) referred to as a CHAOS™ Drill, demonstrated how quickly flight attendants could initiate surprise strikes at O'Hare International Airport.
  • Flight Attendant Union Leaders Discuss Merger June 09, 2005 - Flight attendant union leaders from America West Airlines and US Airways held their first joint merger session Wednesday, June 8 in Washington, DC. The Association of FlightAttendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) represents both flight attendant groups.
  • Flight Attendants to Appeal Denial of Preliminary Injunction June 08, 2005 - The US District Court for the District of Columbia declined to issue a preliminary injunction requested by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) against the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) acting on its agreement with United Airlines.
  • AFA Urges FCC To Retain Ban On In-Flight Cell Phone Usuage May 27, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA issued a filing with the Federal Communications Commission yesterday encouraging the continuation of the current in-flight cell phone ban.
  • American Eagle Flight Attendants Increase Action Against Parent Company AMR May 26, 2005 - In keeping the promise made last week at AMR shareholders meeting in Fort Worth, American Eagle flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, will continue their battle for a new contract by picketing and leafleting at five airports where the airline has bases.
  • Flight Attendants Host Unique 'Blog' Conference To 'Change America' May 25, 2005 - United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), is hosting a "Blog" Conference tomorrow at its Rosemont offices with Internet campaign pioneer Joe Trippi.
  • First Online Congressional Hearing Examines Pensions May 24, 2005 - The first ever online Congressional hearing got underway today, as United Airlines flight attendants submitted testimony via the Internet seeking a moratorium on the termination of defined benefit pension plans. Congressman George Miller (D-CA) is sponsoring the hearing and legislation, HR 2327, a bill that would impose a 6-month ban on pension terminations.
  • AirTran Flight Attendants Ratify Contract May 23, 2005 - The AirTran Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, overwhelmingly ratified a 3 1/2 year agreement today, the union announced.
  • Flight Attendants Appeal Pension End-Run May 18, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) today filed a notice of appeal to overturn the bankruptcy court’s approval of the agreement between United Airlines and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
  • Rally for Contract Negotiations Results in Call for Strike Vote May 18, 2005 - At a press conference, American Eagle Master Executive Council union representatives authorized the call for a strike vote by their members.
  • Flight Attendants Warn of CHAOS™ in Seattle May 13, 2005 - May 16, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m., Rally at SeaTac Airport in Front of the Flag Pavilion
  • Flight Attendants Appeal for Pension Fairness May 10, 2005 - Describing how they had sacrificed dearly to save their carrier in exchange for the promise of good pensions, United Airlines flight attendants visited Capitol Hill today to appeal for fair play in retirement security and denounce a United bankruptcy scheme that preserves management pensions while robbing them of theirs.
  • Management Must Be Replaced for Survival of United Airlines May 10, 2005 - Statement by Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch regarding bankruptcy court approval of the settlement agreement between United Airlines and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
  • Flight Attendants Appeal for Pension Fairness May 10, 2005 - Legislators Denounce United Airlines' Bid to Dodge Employee Pension Commitments
  • Airline Workers' Right to Strike May 06, 2005 - Airline Workers' Right to Strike - Response to Lovejoy Intimidation Letter
  • CHAOS™ Strikes: 12,000 Petitions Delivered to UAL BOD Member May 05, 2005 - CHAOS™ hit campus yesterday when a contingent of United Flight Attendants in neon green CHAOS T-shirts stormed a class room to deliver 12,000 petition signatures to United Airlines Board member Dipak Jain, just before a scheduled lecture at Northwestern University.
  • Flight Attendants Demand Reversal by Pension 'Protection' Board May 02, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) made an emergency appeal to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Board of Directors to review and reverse a last-minute deal brokered by United and the PBGC to terminate all United employee pension plans in return for $1.5 billion. The bankruptcy court is expected to hear arguments regarding the settlement agreement on May 9, 2005.
  • Flight Attendants Poised For CHAOS™ Strikes April 29, 2005 - Flight attendants at United Airlines are gearing up for a strike as a showdown with the airline's management looms over the workers' pensions. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO said it will employ its random, unannounced CHAOS™ strike tactics if the flight attendants' pension plan is terminated by the company.
  • AFA Flight Attendants Reach Agreement with AirTran April 29, 2005 - After 2 1/2 years of negotiations, AirTran flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants - CWA, reached tentative agreement yesterday with AirTran on a revised contract, a union official said.
  • Frontier Flight Attendants File for Union Election April 29, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, filed a petition with the National Mediation Board to hold an election for union representation on behalf of Frontier's flight attendants.
  • Flight Attendants Concerned UAL BOD Complicit in Executive Corruption April 28, 2005 - The United Airlines Board of Directors (UAL BOD) has failed to respond to an April 19 letter from the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) which provides alarming details about the incompetent and dishonest actions of current executives.
  • United Forces Deal With PBGC To Terminate Viable Pension Plan April 22, 2005 - After cutting a deal set in motion by United, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) announced in court today that it will move to involuntarily terminate all of United’s pension plans.
  • Pivotal Hearing in UAL Bankruptcy April 21, 2005 - We expect to prove at tomorrow's hearing that these executives have committed a fraud against the Court by claiming $445 million in savings that in fact were illusory or double-counted for the salaried and management employees.
  • United Execs 'Perpetrated Fraud,' Union Alleges in Court Filing April 15, 2005 - In a brief filed today with the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, objecting to extending the exclusive period for United Airlines' current management to develop a plan for the company to exit bankruptcy, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) presented specific details of "fraudulent conduct" that formed "a larger pattern of bad faith" on the part of top company management.
  • United Management, Caught Red-Handed, Now More Interested in Revenge than Restructuring April 12, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) United Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch issued a statement regarding current United management's attempt to distract attention from its failure to implement Salaried and Management cost cutting by attacking AFA and the flight attendant contract.
  • United Flight Attendants: Company Numbers Don't Add Up April 08, 2005 - Charging that United Airlines management is refusing to meet the same rigorous standards that employees are being held to, the Association of Flight Attendants, as provided for in its Collective Bargaining Agreement, notified the company on Friday that it has 20 days to fix the problem or the union will invoke its right to terminate the agreement the company claimed it needed to emerge from bankruptcy proceedings.
  • New Poll Shows Air Travelers Are Strongly Opposed to Lifting the Ban on Cell Phones in Flight April 07, 2005 - Frazzled nerves from constant phone chatter, trouble hearing emergency announcements, increased "air rage" – all of these were identified by air travelers as good reasons for the government to retain the current prohibition against airborne cell phone use, according to a new poll.
  • Flight Attendants 'Sleepless in Dallas' March 30, 2005 - More than 30 officers and members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA joined with flight attendants from across the country in a Dallas suburb today fora landmark summit to discuss the growing problem of flight attendant fatigue.
  • US Airways Flight Attendants Demand Public Apology March 03, 2005 - Statement released by Teddy Xidas, president of the Association of Flight Attendants US Airways Master Executive Council, in response to the Department of Transportation Inspector General's report on US Airways' failure to meet passenger needs during the 2004 holiday season.
  • Flight Attendants Fight for 'Pensions over Pavement' for O'Hare Expansion February 18, 2005 - United flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, are calling on Mayor Daley and United Airlines to abandon the O'Hare Expansion plan in favor of protecting jobs and retirement security for airline workers.
  • United Flight Attendants Barely Ratify Additional Contract Changes January 31, 2005 - The United flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, ratified contract changes providing the airline $131 million in annual sacrifices over the next five years keeping the airline flying and as part of the airline's plan to attract bankruptcy exit financing.
  • United Airlines Flight Attendants Reach Agreement January 08, 2005 - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA today announced that the union has reached a tentative agreement with United Airlines. United management had sought additional concessions as the airline continues to reorganize in bankruptcy.
  • Bankruptcy Court Ruling Sends United Back To Table January 07, 2005 - The bankruptcy court rejection of the United Airlines contract agreement with its pilots demonstrates that UAL management needs to take a different approach in its efforts to restore the troubled airline to solvency, officials of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said today.
  • Flight Attendants Have Spoken: More Sacrifice January 06, 2005 - Flight Attendants at US Airways signaled their willingness to go yet another extra mile in the effort to save their employer, approving a contract agreement that amounts to their third round of givebacks to the troubled airline.
  • Flight Attendants' Legal Right to Strike January 03, 2005 - If the bankruptcy court rules in favor of United's motion to abrogate its contract with employees, United Flight Attendant will avail themselves of their legal right to institute CHAOS™ strikes.

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