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AFA-CWA Gives Northwest Airlines 15-Day Strike Notice

Date: August 1, 2006

CHAOS™ To Begin on August 15

Washington, DC – Northwest Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), last night informed the company of their intent to exercise their right to strike in 15-days.  Effective August 15 at 9:01 pm, CHAOS could arrive at Northwest Airlines.

"Northwest flight attendants have been pushed too far. Now we're going to push back," said Mollie Reiley, Interim Master Executive Council President.  "There is only so much we can give. The wage and benefit cuts that Northwest management has imposed on us are far too deep, especially with all the executives getting in line for huge bonuses. We're now going to show these executives that there are consequences to their greed."

CHAOS, or Create Havoc Around Our System™ is AFA-CWA's trademarked strategy of targeted work actions using random, unannounced strikes.  Actual targets are a closely guarded secret.  AFA-CWA maintains that any unilateral change to a collective bargaining agreement under the Railway Labor Act is prohibited and, therefore, triggers the right to strike.

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 55,000 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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