For Immediate: Release: May 22, 2012
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434-0586
Flight Attendants At Pinnacle Ready To Vote For The
Association Of Flight Attendants
Mediation Board Announces Dates for Union Election
Washington, DC – The National Mediation Board (NMB) today announced the
voting schedule for Pinnacle/Colgan/Mesaba Flight Attendants to determine
union representation. Voting instructions will be sent to over 1,800 Flight
Attendants on June 18, 2012 and voting will close July 16, 2012. The election
was called after the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) achieved more
than a majority showing of interest to conduct an election with AFA as a choice
on the ballot. AFA already represents approximately 600 Flight Attendants at
“Flight Attendants at the new Pinnacle Airlines are ready to defend their
rights and set a positive direction for their future. As the world’s largest
Flight Attendant union, run by Flight Attendants, AFA has been at the forefront
of every important Flight Attendant issue over 60 years, building the Flight
Attendant career and promoting our work as first responders.
“By joining with Flight Attendants throughout the industry, Pinnacle and
Colgan Flight Attendants will join their flying partners from pre-merger Mesaba
in the union that understands better than any other how to negotiate Flight
Attendant contracts, enforce them on a daily basis and provide Flight Attendants
the kind of support we need daily in our unique work lives,” said Veda Shook,
AFA International President.
The representation election is not a vote for one contract or another: All
contracts remain in effect after the election. AFA negotiates based on the
priorities set by Flight Attendants through surveys, meetings and direct member
feedback to elected Flight Attendant leaders.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight
Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been
the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 years.
Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation
industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight
Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions.
Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants at 21 airlines come together to form AFA, part
of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO.
Visit us at www.afacwa.org.