August 28, 2002
Contact: Joe Burns, 202-369-0143 (cell)
Jeff Zack, 202-712-9740
Two Days to CHAOS™ Strikes
Midwest Express Flight Attendants Inform Passengers of Pending Strike at Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport
‘Super Mediation’ set to begin in Washington, DC
Wednesday, August 28
Leafleting: Milwaukee Airport – 1 – 3:00 p.m
CHAOS™ Strike Date: Aug. 30
MILWAUKEE — CHAOS™ green-clad flight attendants will leaflet passengers and collect passenger information in an effort to offer them direct access to the latest information about contract negotiations and the possibility for CHAOS strike actions at Midwest Express beginning as early as Aug. 30.
All data collected from passengers will be input to a database at AFA's CHAOS Command Center (AFA Strike Headquarters) for direct email and blast-fax communications to passengers. Passengers, travel agents and companies can also input their information on AFA's website at www.afanet.org/ME .
Midwest Express flight attendants haven’t had a raise in three years and airline management has proposed that they wait another year for an increase. The company’s proposal also lacks any contractually guaranteed pension or health insurance.
“Super mediation” begins on Aug. 28 in Washington, DC as a last attempt to reach an agreement in these three-year old contract talks before the “cooling-off” period expires. If no agreement is reached by Aug. 30, the parties are free to engage in "self-help". For AFA flight attendants, that means CHAOS strikes.
CHAOS stands for Create Havoc Around Our SystemTM and is a strike action that allows flight attendants to control the airline’s schedule and operations. Flight attendants may stage a mass walkout for a day or a week or strike individual flights — with no warning to management or passengers.
Midwest Express’ 440 flight attendants are joined together in AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. Visit us at www.afanet.org.
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