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Union Honors American Eagle Flight Attendant

Date: November 10, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, honored American Eagle flight attendant James Morris for 17 years of dedicated and compassionate service to his fellow flight attendants and his union. James passed away April 29, 2003, after a long illness at the age of 38.

At their annual meeting, the AFA Board of Directors funded the James Morris Scholarship, created to assist AFA members in attending the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md. This is the first scholarship offered by the union specifically designated for AFA members to take advantage of educational opportunities in labor studies at the NLC.

“James was instrumental in assisting AFA in the very early stages of establishing our partnership with the National Labor College,” said AFA International Vice President George M. Donahue. “All of AFA’s members have benefited from James’ work on our Leadership Development Committee. He truly understood the positive impact that labor education could have on our union.”

The union also paid tribute to Nancy Morris, James’ mother, for raising James to become a strong, dedicated union activist, and providing him with the values he brought to the union. Nancy was also made an honorary member of AFA during the meeting.

“James was not only my best friend for 17 years, he was an activist and friend for all flight attendants,” said Carl Gautreaux, an American Eagle flight attendant and fellow union activist. “If you had a problem, he would not rest until there was a resolution. The word ‘no’ was not in his vocabulary. He truly inspired everyone that knew him.”

Morris was born and raised in Shreveport, La. and worked out of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. During his time as an AFA activist, James served as a Local Executive Council President, Master Executive Council Grievance Chair, Contract Negotiator and Leadership Development Committee member, as well as a mentor and friend to countless flight attendants. His legacy will continue on through the James Morris Scholarship Fund and the countless lives he has touched.

More than 36,000 flight attendants join together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union, including the 1,200 flight attendants at American Eagle. For more information, visit http://www.afa-ae-web.org.

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