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AFA-CWA Calls For Union Election At Northwest Airlines

Date: April 7, 2006

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold a representational election on behalf of Northwest Airlines flight attendants.

"Northwest flight attendants are looking for a strong voice to support them during this difficult time, and AFA-CWA is that voice," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. "Right now, the Northwest flight attendants are facing the most turbulent time of their careers and they are doing so without a safety net. They have been presented with a devastating tentative agreement from their bankrupt carrier and are already experiencing incredible hardships. They approached AFA-CWA in hopes that our experience could help them navigate through this difficult process and we will do whatever it takes to defend their interests and provide the support they so desperately need."

The NMB is the federal agency that oversees union representation elections in the airline industry. Once the NMB verifies that enough signed union representation card have been collected by AFA-CWA, a secret ballot election will be called to determine who will represent the Northwest flight attendants. In order to file for an election, AFA-CWA collected the required signature cards from the membership.

"Northwest flight attendants need the strength and support of a union experienced in representing flight attendants. AFA-CWA is that union," said Northwest flight attendant Shawn Fivecoat. "We desperately need an effective union right now and we are confident that AFA-CWA's extensive expertise will make a valuable difference in the careers of Northwest flight attendants."

For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. More than 46,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines come 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 (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.

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