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Cabin Crews Rally At Northwest Airlines Shareholder Meeting

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Northwest Airlines flight attendants are planning a rally outside the Northwest Shareholders Meeting tomorrow, September 25, 2008, in New York. The planned merger between Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines is expected to be approved at the meeting. The flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), are fearful that they will lose their contract and their right to collective bargaining after the merger. Delta’s flight attendants are not represented by a union.

“For over 60 years, Northwest flight attendants have had a direct relationship with their management through their union contract,” said Patricia Friend, AFA-CWA International President. “Delta believes contracts are good for CEO’s, Vice Presidents, Boards of Directors, corporate directors and management, but want to deny that same right to over 21,000 Northwest and Delta flight attendants.”

Union representation guidelines, interpreted by the National Mediation Board (NMB), state that because Delta flight attendants are not represented, the combined work group must vote to become members of AFA-CWA. If less than 50 percent of Delta and Northwest flight attendants participate in the election, the NMB will declare that vote invalid and Northwest flight attendants will lose their contract.

Earlier this year, Delta flight attendants voted to join a union for only the second time in their history. AFA-CWA received 99 percent of the vote, but because voter turnout fell short of the NMB’s arbitrary participation rate of over 50 percent, the election was voided. The union subsequently filed charges against Delta, alleging that the airline’s management illegally interfered with the union representation election.

The Northwest slight attendants will rally tomorrow, September 25, 2008 at 09:00 AM at the AXA Equitable Life Building, 787 7th Avenue in New York City, the Northwest Shareholder meeting venue.

The rally is scheduled to include remarks by prominent labor leaders such as AFA-CWA International President Patricia Friend, Northwest AFA-CWA President Kevin Griffin, CWA District Vice President Chris Shelton, IAM General Vice President Robert Roach, IAM District Lodge 143 President Stephen Gordon, and New York City Central Labor Council Executive Director Ed Ott.

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