For Immediate Release: July 16, 2012
Contact: Corey Caldwell, 202-434-0586
Flight Attendants at New Pinnacle Strengthen Voice Through World's Largest Flight Attendants Union
Association of Flight Attendants Elected to Represent Nearly 1,800 at Merged Carrier
Washington, DC – Flight Attendants at the new Pinnacle Airlines today elected the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) as their union following the merger of Pinnacle, Mesaba and Colgan. AFA is prepared to defend the rights and advance the priorities of the nearly 1,800 Flight Attendants at the merged carrier.
“We are unified. In voting for AFA, Flight Attendants recognize that AFA’s vast experience is the best choice for protecting the jobs and contracts of our sisters and brothers at the new Pinnacle Airlines,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President. “We welcome our flying partners from pre-merger Pinnacle and Colgan, whose experience and contributions to our profession will further strengthen our Flight Attendant Union. Together we will meet the challenges in the Pinnacle bankruptcy and set a strong foundation for a better future. Together we are better.”
While election results are certified by the NMB, AFA has initiated its transition procedure for representing Pinnacle/Colgan Flight Attendants. AFA already represents the approximately 500 Flight Attendants at pre-merger Mesaba.
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.