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Delta/Northwest Flight Attendants to Have Democratic Election

Date: August 17, 2010

Washington, DC - The National Mediation Board (NMB) today granted the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA's (AFA-CWA) recent request to declare that the Delta/Northwest merger has created a single transportation system. As a result, a representation election has been triggered and, for the first time, the over 20,000 flight attendants at the merged carrier will have the opportunity to vote for AFA-CWA representation under new, more democratic rules.

"Finally our voice will be heard and fully respected under strong democratic procedures, the same way that other elections are decided in our country," said AFA-CWA activist Toni Weinfurtner. "We are excited for the opportunity to negotiate an industry-leading contract and continue to work alongside management in building a world class airline. Delta and Northwest flight attendants have waited a long time for this day and are eager to move forward."

Now that the NMB has declared that Delta Air Lines is a single transportation system, AFA-CWA has 14 days to provide evidence that there is enough interest to warrant an election. Proof of interest is demonstrated by a combination of AFA-CWA's pre-merger Northwest membership plus signed authorization cards from pre-merger Delta employees totaling at least 35 percent of all eligible flight attendants. After the NMB determines that there is enough interest for an election, a voting schedule will be set.

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 50,000 flight attendants at 22 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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