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Delta Flight Attendants To Begin Voting In April

Date: March 25, 2008

NMB Announces AFA-CWA Election Dates of April 23 – June 3

Washington, DC – Flight attendants at Delta Air Lines received news this week from the National Mediation Board (NMB) that their opportunity to vote on becoming members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) will begin on April 23, 2008. Voting will be open from April 23 through June 3, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

"This is a very exciting and historic time for Delta flight attendants," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. "Over the past 18 months, Delta flight attendants been engaged in one of the largest grassroots' campaigns in union history. Delta flight attendants tell us that the airline's bankruptcy and more recently, the proposed merger with Northwest Airlines have made it clear - they need and want a voice in their future and a legally binding contract they can count on. Beginning April 23, they will have the opportunity to join the tens of thousands of other AFA-CWA flight attendants across the country who have taken control of their careers and have a say in the decisions that affect their lives."

On February 14, Delta flight attendants submitted a solid majority of signature cards to the NMB, formally requesting a union representation election for only the second time in the history of the airline. Over the next several weeks, the NMB will send instructions to Delta flight attendants on how to participate in a secret-vote election that will determine union representation. The NMB, the federal agency that supervises airline and railway labor relations, will conduct voting electronically via the Internet and through a phone-activated system. With roughly 13,000 Delta flight attendants eligible to vote this will be one of the largest union elections in the U.S. this year.

"We need a voice – more so than at any other time – to be able to negotiate for our own future, and to have a say in how a merger, or a layoff might affect us," said Toni Weinfurtner, Delta flight attendant and AFA-CWA activist. "We will have that voice when we join the tens of thousands of our fellow flight attendants across the country in the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA."

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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