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AFA-CWA Heads To Court To Defend Flight Attendants' Right To Strike

Date: August 2, 2006

Washington, DC – Northwest Airlines filed suit in the bankruptcy court yesterday to block the flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), from exercising their right to strike on August 15. 

"The company continues to ignore their employees and instead, dumps more money into their lawyers' pockets," said David Borer, AFA-CWA General Counsel.  "Northwest's executives cannot expect to take over a billion dollars from the flight attendants without a fight.  We will see them in court and we will aggressively defend our members' right to strike." 

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.

On August 1, AFA-CWA gave the company a 15-day notice of their intent to exercise their right to strike.  Effective August 15 at 9:01 pm, CHAOS could arrive at Northwest.

"This is a fight that we wage not only for ourselves as Northwest flight attendants, but also for our profession and employees everywhere," said Mollie Reiley, AFA-CWA Interim Master Executive Council President.  "There has to come a time when companies realize they can take so much from their employees before something breaks.  We will not sit by and let the company pull our livelihoods from under us while they stand in line for bonuses.  We will not quit until this injustice is stopped."

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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