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AFA-CWA Files Formal Interference Charges Against Delta Air Lines Management

Date: June 6, 2008

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) filed formal interference charges today with the National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines management alleging illegal conduct during the recent flight attendant representation election. AFA-CWA's allegations include substantial evidence that Delta flight attendants were denied a free and fair election due to management's aggressive tactics aimed at defeating union representation. 

"Delta flight attendants were denied the opportunity to freely participate in this election without being intimidated by management and heavy-handed efforts to keep them from gaining a voice," said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. "A majority of Delta flight attendants wanted the opportunity to have an election and they deserve an election that is free and fair. We now look for the NMB to stand up for that right and hold Delta executives accountable for their actions."

A majority of Delta's over 13,000 flight attendants signed representation cards when AFA-CWA filed for an election in February. Under NMB rules, 50 percent plus one of all eligible flight attendants must return a ballot in order for the election to be certified.  Since only forty percent of the flight attendants returned ballots, which were counted on May 28, the results of the election were not certified despite AFA-CWA receiving 99 percent of the votes cast.

If the NMB finds sufficient evidence that illegal interference occurred, it can set a new election.  AFA-CWA is asking for a new election with a balloting procedure that will limit the effects of any further illegal conduct by Delta management. By rerunning the election using a "Laker" Ballot, flight attendants will be permitted to vote "Yes" or "No" for AFA-CWA representation. In the previous election, flight attendants were discouraged from participating in the voting process as only the "Yes" votes were counted, thereby automatically counting those who did not vote as "No" votes.

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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