Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants Find Their Voice

File For AFA-CWA Representation Election

Feb 14, 2008, 00:00 ET from Association of Flight Attendants

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines flight
 attendants today officially filed a petition with the National Mediation
 Board (NMB) to hold an election that would certify the Association of
 Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) as the exclusive flight attendant union at
 the carrier. The campaign for AFA-CWA representation began in late 2006
 when a small group of flight attendants started collecting the signatures
 necessary for the NMB to call an election. Today, a solid majority of Delta
 flight attendants have signed cards.
     "Delta flight attendants deserve to have a voice in their careers and
 they have recognized that by joining together, they can accomplish that,"
 said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. "They want the right
 to negotiate rather than simply having to accept what management decides.
 They want a contract with improvements in pay, benefits and working
 conditions. They want a seat at the table - whether it is during regular
 contract negotiations or mergers - so that their voice is heard. Their
 goals are our goals and we will work together to achieve them."
     The NMB is the federal agency that oversees union representation
 elections in the airline industry. Once the NMB independently and
 confidentially verifies that enough signed union representation cards have
 been submitted by AFA-CWA, a secret ballot election will be called. That
 election will determine whether or not Delta flight attendants will have
 union representation. Voting is typically conducted electronically via the
 Internet or through a phone-activated system.
     "Delta flight attendants are hard working and are committed to our
 airline and to our profession," said Delta flight attendant Mark Stell. "We
 want to make the decisions that affect our careers and our families, and
 not let others speak for us. Joining a union is about fairness,
 equal-footing and having a right to a legally binding contract. We will
 gain all that and much more by joining AFA-CWA."
     The NMB normally begins the voting within 60 - 90 days after the cards
 are filed. A schedule for the voting period has not yet been announced.
     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

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants