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Delta Flight Attendants’ Campaign To Join Union Reaches Milestone

Date: September 7, 2007

Washington, DCDelta flight attendants' quest to join the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) reached an important milestone this week when the number of activist volunteers topped 1,000. These flight attendants have led the charge for AFA-CWA representation at Delta and continue to receive overwhelming support from their co-workers.

"It truly is remarkable to see so many flight attendants working together for one common goal; to gain a voice in our careers," said Marianne Bicksler, Salt Lake City based Delta flight attendant. "Delta flight attendants know that by having a group of over 1,000 activists working together towards winning this election and negotiating a contract, our objective is within reach."

Late last year, the campaign for AFA-CWA representation began when a small group of flight attendants started collecting the signatures necessary to call for a union election. With hundreds of signature cards arriving each month, AFA-CWA is close to calling for an election with the National Mediation Board (NMB), which requires 35 percent of all Delta flight attendants to fill out a card signaling that they would like an election.

"Delta flight attendants have put together an amazing grassroots effort to engage the support and participation of their colleagues in their quest to achieve a voice on the job," said AFA-CWA International President Patricia Friend. "This intense mobilization structure has been one of the fastest growing in AFA-CWA history. This particular group of flight attendants has a drive and determination that is unparalleled in the industry. They are engaged in their future and the future of the company and are enthusiastic about joining the largest flight attendant union in the world."

A date for an election has not yet been scheduled.

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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