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Mesa Flight Attendants Bring Message Of Equality To Congress

Date: May 1, 2007

Washington, DC - Several Mesa flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), took to Capitol Hill last week to speak to elected leaders about the current status of negotiations with the airline's management, and implore Congress to urge Mesa management to bring fairness and equality to the bargaining table.

"It takes more than just management to make Mesa Airlines successful, and all we are asking for is to be recognized for our contributions," said Brian Manning, Master Executive Council President. "While management is busy rewarding themselves with multi-million dollar bonuses, they are treating the flight attendants as if our airline is on the brink of bankruptcy. They refuse to allow for any improvements to the current contract, even after the company made millions in profit last year."

Mesa flight attendants are currently some of the lowest paid in the industry. Under current working conditions, flight attendants are often not allotted meal breaks during a shift and there is inadequate rest time.

"We are required to work numerous unpaid hours and often work 14 hour shifts with less than four hours of sleep. We are tired of management's refusal to engage in fair negotiations. It is not right and we will not stand for it. It is time that they come to the table and work with the flight attendants on creative ways to improve our situation. There should be no reason that we have flight attendants in poverty while management is rolling around in their multi-million dollar bonuses," said Manning.

On Wednesday, May 2, Mesa flight attendants from across the country will descend on Charlotte Douglas International Airport to educate passengers on the current situation. The informational picketing will be from 10 am - 2pm outside upper level ticket area.

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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