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Compass Flight Attendants Call For Union Election

Date: August 22, 2007

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) today filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold a representational election on behalf of Compass Airlines flight attendants.  Compass Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northwest Airlines and was formed as a Northwest Airlink partner earlier this year.

"Compass flight attendants recognize this unique opportunity to shape the future of their careers from the ground up and they chose AFA-CWA to help them along their path," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. 

The NMB is the federal agency that oversees union representation elections in the airline industry.  Once the NMB verifies that enough signed union representation card have been collected by AFA-CWA, a secret ballot election will be called.

"It is unfortunate that Compass management refused to recognize the intention of 90 percent of their flight attendants. In spite of the fact that management would rather go through the long and drawn out process of a formal election, we look forward to having our new colleagues from Compass join with tens of thousands flight attendants who already have the security that comes with AFA-CWA representation," said Friend.

In May, Compass began twice daily flights between MSP and IAD and "is growing rapidly," according to the company. By the end of 2007, the airline expects to employ over 300 people and to operate a fleet of 10 aircraft from its Minneapolis, Detroit and Memphis hubs.

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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