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Northwest Flight Attendants Outline Conditions for a Successful Merger

Date: January 22, 2008

Washington, DC - With the growing likelihood of a merger involving Northwest Airlines, the interests of the Northwest Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), are paramount in evaluating any proposed transaction. Northwest flight attendants today outlined conditions needed in order for a merger to garner AFA-CWA's support. 

To obtain the approval and support of Northwest flight attendants, any merger agreement must include:

  • Job protections for Northwest flight attendants.
  • Seniority integration of the two flight attendant groups should be given the full protection of the AFA-CWA Constitution and Bylaws and the law, as applicable.
  • Allegheny- Mohawk Labor Protective Provisions that cover displaced workers and other matters not directly related to seniority.
  • Stock, or other equity in the merged company no less favorable than that granted to any other employee group, including management.
  • A labor agreement that provides substantial improvements in compensation and work rules to the current flight attendant agreement.
  • A route structure that has a sufficient network and market strength to allow for growth and profitability.
  • Inclusion in discussions on the effects of a proposed merger prior to the finalization of any transaction.
  • Maintaining a strong hub presence in the Twin Cities and continue to plan for future growth, securing our position as one of the largest employers in Minnesota.

In addition to the impact on members, AFA-CWA issued concerns regarding the service delivered to the traveling public by the merged airline. As such, a merger agreement that addresses the needs of front line employees will help to ensure a quality product and service that meets the needs of our customers. 

For a merger to be accepted, it must include transparent and open communications. AFA-CWA suggests the process begin with an update from Northwest management on the status of merger developments that includes preliminary discussions addressing the issues of employees.

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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