Media Advisory: April 23, 2008
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434-0586
AFA-CWA To Testify At Congressional Hearing On Delta/Northwest Merger
Who: AFA-CWA International Vice President Veda Shook to testify
Delta and Northwest flight attendants also available for interview or questions
What: Testimony before House Judiciary Committee hearing on competition in the airline industry
When: Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: 2141 Rayburn Office Building, Washington, D.C.
**Can be viewed live at http://judiciary.house.gov/default.aspx**
Washington, DC - On Thursday, April 24 the announced merger between Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines will come under Congressional scrutiny when the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) International Vice President Veda Shook testifies before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. AFA-CWA’s testimony will focus on the effects the pending merger will have on flight attendants and other employees, and potential solutions to the worst aspects of the merger. Representing the over 9,000 flight attendants at Northwest, and currently conducting an election at Delta to represent the over 12,000 flight attendants, AFA-CWA will be one of the only airline employee voices at the hearing.
Flight attendant careers at Delta and Northwest, as well as those of other aviation employees, are threatened by the merger due to the fact that there are virtually no federal protections for employees in these situations. Prior to deregulation in 1978, there were many protections in place for airline workers, often called Allegheny-Mohawk Labor Protection Provisions. When the LPPs were dissolved thirty years ago, employees were left to fend for themselves and the landscape of prior airline mergers and consolidations is littered with tens of thousands of jobs that were lost as a result of layoffs, base closures and fleet reductions.
The only protections employees have today is through their individual unions and collective bargaining agreements. Over the years, AFA-CWA has been successful in negotiating modified Labor Protection Provisions throughout various contracts which has lessened the effects on flight attendants, but there is little to no protection for non-union airline employees.
While airline management continues to maintain that there will be no layoffs, they refuse to put that commitment in writing. Employees today have little reason to trust the promises made by management as most are working more hours at reduced wages due to the concessions they were forced into while their carriers were in bankruptcy over the past few years.
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 www.afanet.org.