Spirit Flight Attendants' Frustration Over Slow Negotiations Continues To Grow
December 14, 2010
Washington, DC - Spirit Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), frustrated by lengthy contract negotiations, launched a new committee to assist in supporting contract goals. The newly formed Ready for Action committee will take a lead role in telling management that Spirit flight attendants are committed to achieving their contract goals.
"Management needs to understand that the Spirit flight attendants care about our contract and that negotiations for a new, improved contract is our top priority," said Todd St Pierre, AFA-CWA Spirit President. "For over three years we have been committed to negotiating a new contract that reflects the contributions we have made to this successful carrier. Yet management continues to drag their feet and, after all this time, we have made little progress and still have a long way to go."
The current flight attendant contract became amendable in 2007 and AFA-CWA requested federal mediation in March 2009. Earlier this year, Spirit pilots ratified a new contract after a strike shuttered the airline for five days.
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