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AFA-CWA Prepared to Help Northwest Flight Attendant through Bankruptcy

Date: September 15, 2005

Washington, DCNorthwest flight attendants face uncertain times in light of their employer’s recent bankruptcy filing but, with strong representation they will be able to overcome the possible reduction in pay and work force that lie ahead. Yesterday, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) launched a campaign for the right to represent Northwest’s 9,600 flight attendants. 

“AFA is the only flight attendant union that has led two of the largest airlines through bankruptcy,” said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. “Through our creative and successful negotiations, we have been able to protect our flight attendants from massive proposed cuts.”

AFA-CWA currently represents flight attendants at United Airlines and US Airways.

“With the recent bankruptcy filing, it is important that our voice has the strength and experience needed to protect our careers; and AFA-CWA is that voice,” said Jaime Drain, a veteran Northwest flight attendant.

The AFA-CWA authorization campaign comes at a critical time as Northwest begins its bankruptcy proceedings.  Recently, the company’s management proposed to outsource flight attendant positions on all international flights and flights carrying 100 passengers or less.  This measure would result in a 57 percent loss of jobs.

“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.”

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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