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Spirit Flight Attendants Take A Stand Against Unreasonable Management

Date: May 10, 2007

Detroit Informational Picketing

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)
Friday, May 11, 2007
Time: 6:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Outside Upper Level Ticket Area
Detroit Contact: Nicole Trupiano 586-871-5544

While management at Spirit Airlines evaluates every aspect of the airline under a microscope to see how they can cut costs, they are putting unreasonable demands upon flight attendants by insisting that planes be ready for departure 30 minutes after previous passengers depart the aircraft. This expectation does not allow the flight attendants adequate time to perform required safety checks and often, does not allow for any unexpected situations.

"Management views our aircraft as giant dollar signs, but as first responders in the cabin, we will not jeopardize necessary functions for the bottom dollar," said Deb Crowley, Spirit Master Executive Council President. "Flight attendants are constantly being pushed by management to adhere to unrealistic expectations. In order for a flight attendant to properly do their job, we need to make sure that there is ample time to perform all safety checks, yet management continues to push for 30 minute turn arounds."

Management has also turned their backs on providing a clean and healthy travel environment for passengers and crew.  Despite many complaints, unsanitary lavatories and filthy airplanes have become more frequent. And while the health conditions of flight attendants continue to be taxed each day with long duty time and reduced rest periods, management refuses to collaborate on creative ways to improve current conditions.

"Management is so focused on reducing fairs, that they are neglecting serious aspects that directly affect passengers and crew. No one wants to travel onboard an aircraft whose bathrooms are soiled and whose safety is threatened," said Crowley.

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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