AFA-CWA Deplores Northwest's Attempt To Outsource Flight Attendant Jobs
February 3, 2006
Washington, DC- As the future of Northwest Airlines plays out in bankruptcy court, the flight attendant profession in this country moves closer to the brink of destruction. Yesterday in federal court, Northwest management described a plan to outsource 30 percent of their international flight attendant positions to non-union, non-U.S. workers. This attempt to cut costs would eliminate the jobs of approximately 800 current Northwest flight attendants.
"Northwest Airlines proposal to outsource flight attendants, no matter what name they call it, is a serious threat to national security," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. "There are too many safety and security questions that need to be addressed before management continues on their crusade of corporate greed."
Yesterday, AFA-CWA again extended an offer of support to the Northwest flight attendants independent organization, the Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA), as they try to navigate their way through this latest attempt by management to destroy the lives of thousands of workers.
"This is a battle that we as flight attendants must work together to stop. This non-contract, non-union workforce that Northwest is proposing will show up on every bargaining table in the future if we don't all work together and come to an equitable solution," said Friend.
In September 2005, AFA-CWA was approached by a unified coalition of Northwest flight attendants seeking a change in representation. Since then, AFA-CWA has undertaken a drive for representational change at Northwest that has met with a positive response from the Northwest flight attendants.
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