AFA Board Approves Strike Resolution
November 16, 2004
Warns of Nationwide Job Action If Contracts Are Abrogated
PITTSBURGH - The governing body of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA today unanimously approved a resolution calling for a nationwide strike to draw attention to attempts by the nation's air carriers to bust unions and destroy contracts.
"The current assault by airline management has evolved from seeking to cut costs on the basis of proven economic need to a destructive 'race to the bottom' that threatens to cause the collapse of wages, benefits and working conditions across the industry," said the AFA Board of Directors during its annual meeting being held in Pittsburgh this week. "The bankruptcy process has emboldened airline management to use the court process to achieve cost reductions that are unfair and unnecessary."
Several carriers, notably US Airways and United Airlines, have used the Bankruptcy Code to circumvent their negotiated obligations to their employees and have signaled their intention to eliminate their pension plans. In the case of US Airways, management has already asked the bankruptcy court to approve rejection of our contract.
The AFA Board of Directors called on airlines to withdraw and refrain from filing such motions in court, and instead to pursue good faith bargaining with AFA. It also put management on notice that the abrogation of a contract by any single airline, with or without court permission, will trigger a strike, subject to approval by AFA members at that carrier. In the event of a strike, the union will call on all AFA and other flight attendants, as well as all other airline employees, to stand up together against management's greed. "Through this extraordinary effort, we seek nothing less than to prevent the destruction of our careers and our industry," the Board said.
More than 46,000 flight attendants join together to form AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.