Aloha Flight Attendants Brace For Second Round Of Bankruptcy
March 21, 2008
Washington, DC - In response to Aloha Airlines March 20 filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Patricia Friend, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International President, issued the following statement:
"This is a very difficult time for everyone associated with Aloha Airlines. As details emerge regarding a reorganization plan and the future of the airline, AFA-CWA will continue to defend the jobs, pay and benefits for the over 350 flight attendants at Aloha. We are committed to protecting Aloha flight attendants, preserving the airline and working swiftly through the bankruptcy process with as little disruption and sacrifice as possible.
"We will ensure that the flight attendant voice plays an integral role in the reshaping and rebuilding of 'The People's Airline'. However, it is imperative that Aloha management refrain from imposing a majority of the burden of restructuring on its employees. AFA-CWA and our team of bankruptcy experts will work tirelessly to see that creative solutions are utilized throughout this process.
"AFA-CWA has already deployed our experienced legal counsel and representatives from our Employee Assistance Program to support Aloha flight attendants and help them navigate through this difficult period.
"Aloha Airlines has played a vital and historic role in our aviation industry for over 60 years and Aloha's flight attendants have been leaders in strengthening our union and improving our profession every step of the way."
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.