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Aloha Flight Attendants File Objection To Corporate Motion That Would Annul Contracts

Date: October 25, 2005

Honolulu, HI - 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.

"What the company is trying to attempt is another example of corporate greed run amuck," said AFA-CWA Aloha Master Executive Council President Peggy Gordon.  "We repeatedly gave concessions to ensure the continued success of our company, only to have them turn around now and try to annul our contracts.  This move is completely against what management has been telling us for years.  The company has not been negotiating in good faith."

Aloha Airlines filed the 1113(c) motion on October 15, 2005 under the bankruptcy code.  The motion seeks to reject collecting bargaining agreements and force cuts from their labor groups. The company must prove that these cuts are necessary for re-organization and that their previous attempts to negotiate with the groups were rejected.

"AFA-CWA is committed to protecting Aloha flight attendants and preserving the airline," said International President Patricia Friend.  "Aloha is an integral part of the state's economy and success."

Since 2002, Aloha flight attendants have given over five million dollars in concessions to the company through wage and work rule reductions.  In September, the company presented the flight attendants with a proposal requesting an additional seven million dollars.

75 Years of Safety & Service: 60 Years of Unity This year marks the 75th anniversary of the flight attendant profession and the 60th anniversary of the Association of Flight Attendants.  More than 46,000 flight attendants join together to form AFA-CWA, 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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