Election Set For Northwest Flight Attendants Representational Vote
May 9, 2006
Washington, DC – After finding that a majority of Northwest Airlines flight attendants are in support of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) becoming their bargaining representative, the National Mediation Board (NMB) today authorized a representational election and will proceed forward with an official vote. In upcoming weeks, flight attendants at Northwest Airlines will receive balloting instructions from the NMB.
"We are very excited and looking forward to officially welcoming Northwest flight attendants to our family," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. "This has been one of the shortest campaigns in our history thanks to the hard work and determination of the flight attendants at Northwest. Soon we will be able to officially provide the support and guidance these flight attendants so desperately need due to their airline's bankruptcy and restructuring process."
Before a bargaining representative can be designated, a majority of Northwest flight attendants must cast a vote. If voter turnout is less than fifty percent, then no representation is selected and Northwest's current bargaining organization will be dissolved.
"It is crucial that our flight attendants know that by not casting a ballot, you are indirectly voting for no representation at all," said Danny Campbell, a Northwest flight attendant and AFA-CWA activist.
AFA-CWA began the representational campaign in September 2005. On April 7, 2006, AFA-CWA filed the required fifty percent plus one of flight attendant signature cards with the NMB, which officially triggered the election process.
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.