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AFA Flight Attendants Reach Agreement with AirTran

Date: April 29, 2005

ATLANTA -- 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.

"It's been hard work, but we persevered," said AFA-CWA Master Executive Council 57 President Susan Cosby, in announcing the agreement.  "These very difficult economic times for the entire aviation industry made our work doubly difficult," Cosby added.

"Tough as it's been for the industry, times have been tougher for AirTran flight attendants," Cosby said.  "We haven't had a raise for a long, long time.  Now, if the members ratify this tentative settlement, we'll be filling that gap."

The union president said details of the ratification schedule, including information packets and meetings as well as the voting, have not been finalized.   “Members will begin getting information next week, with meetings scheduled soon after," Cosby said.  The union will not be releasing any of the specific terms until after the flight attendants have a chance to review them and vote on whether or not to ratify them.

Cosby, who was elected to office only late last year, said "it was rewarding to me to see how our negotiating committee stayed united and worked hard together to get the best possible tentative settlement.  These talks are never easy, but I think this was particularly difficult.  Now, we'll wait and see how the membership responds."

More than 46,000 Flight Attendants, including the 1,400 Flight Attendants at AirTran, 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.afaairtran.com

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