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AFA-CWA Launches Campaign to Organize Northwest Flight Attendants

Date: September 14, 2005

Washington, DCNorthwest flight attendants recently approached the world’s largest flight attendant union seeking a seasoned voice to help them face the uncertainties that lie ahead.  Today, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) announced their campaign to organize Northwest Airlines flight attendants.

"In just the few short hours since we have launched our campaign, the response have been overwhelming,” said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. “We are seeing an unprecedented number of flight attendant leaders from traditionally different factions at Northwest come together because they feel that AFA will best represent their interests."

The call for new representation was in part fueled by Northwest management’s proposal to outsource flight attendant positions on all international flights and flights carrying 100 passengers or less.

"AFA has vast experience and has been extremely successful in dealing with proposals that threaten the positions of flight attendants,” said Friend.  “This is a fight that we all must wage.  If Northwest is successful in their demands, it will be devastating for everyone."

AFA-CWA is in the process of sending union authorization cards to the over 9,600 Northwest flight attendants for their signature approving AFA representation.  In order for an official election to be held, AFA-CWA must have 50 percent plus one of Northwest flight attendant signatures on the authorization cards which will be verified by the National Mediation Board.

Northwest flight attendants are current represented by the Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA).

"PFAA failed to build a strategic contract plan which garners the trust, involvement, and mobilization of our flight attendants,” said Paul Dire, a veteran Northwest flight attendant. “We need a strong union like AFA with a proven track record of protecting flight attendant careers."

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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