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Northwest Flight Attendants Demand New Representation

Date: September 14, 2005

Washington, DCThe Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) announced today their organizing campaign to represent Northwest Airlines flight attendants.

Recently a unified coalition of Northwest flight attendants approached AFA-CWA to request that AFA conduct an organizing drive at their carrier.  Currently the Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA), an independent organization, represents the Northwest flight attendants.

 “PFAA has isolated itself from the American labor movement, in turn denying Northwest flight attendants the union experience and labor affiliations necessary to protect our rights,” said David Barro-West, a veteran Northwest flight attendant. “AFA has committed to help bring our members together so we can wield the true strength of all Northwest flight attendants united together.”

AFA-CWA is in the process of sending union authorization cards to the over 9,600 Northwest flight attendants for their signature should they want 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.

“We must do everything we can to protect all flight attendants,” said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President.  “A growing number of flight attendants at Northwest are frightened for their future and are desperately seeking the guidance and sanctuary of AFA-CWA.”

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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