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Miami Air Flight Attendants Ratify First Contract

Date: June 17, 2004

Pact Caps Three-Year Struggle

WASHINGTON — Miami Air International flight attendants represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, have ratified a first contract that significantly improves their pay and working conditions.

"It's been a long fight, but at last, Miami Air flight attendants will enjoy the protection of a legally binding contract," said Iliana Rodriguez, AFA Master Executive Council president at Miami Air. "After three years of struggle, it is a huge relief to finally have our compensation and work rules clearly established in writing."

Over the life of the agreement, flight attendants will receive an increase between 17.1 percent and 41.7 percent in their hourly wages. Purser pay, extended duty pay, day-off pay and cleaning pay are also increased. In addition, management will now pay premiums for such tasks as performing duties normally performed by the Transportation Security Administration and work typically done by caterers. The contract also addresses a number of other concerns, such as flexible scheduling rules and providing a minimum number of hotel rest hours.

Nearly two years after members voted for representation, the AFA in February 2003 requested federal mediation in order to expedite the negotiating process.

Miami Air International, Inc., is a charter airline based in Miami. The carrier flies both domestic and international flights for the military, professional and college sports teams, corporate incentive groups and celebrities.

More than 46,000 flight attendants including 110 at Miami Air 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.

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