For Immediate Release: March 31, 2008
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434-0586
Aloha Flight Attendants Fight Closure Of Passenger Service
Washington, DC - Aloha Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) filed court papers today opposing the airline’s bankruptcy court motion to approve the shutdown. AFA-CWA’s filing supports a similar motion filed by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. Aloha management announced on March 30 that the airline would discontinue its passenger service effective later today.
“The decision to discontinue passenger service at this time is unacceptable. We will pursue all legal options in order to keep Aloha flying,” said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. “Management’s premature decision to shut down this vital service was done with complete disregard for how the flight attendants and other employees would be affected. Today, there are over 350 flight attendants who will be out of a job tomorrow if the bankruptcy court approves management’s shutdown plan.”
Immediately upon the carrier’s filing for bankruptcy on March 20, AFA-CWA deployed an experienced legal team and other AFA-CWA staff and volunteers from around the union to assist the Aloha flight attendants through the process. AFA-CWA has been appointed by the U.S. Trustee to a seat on the Creditor’s Committee, further ensuring that the flight attendant voice is heard throughout all aspects of the bankruptcy proceedings.
“AFA-CWA remains focused on helping our members and their families navigate through this bankruptcy,” said Friend.
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.