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Mesa Flight Attendants In Solidarity With Fired Activist

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Mesa Air flight attendant and union activist Jamie McClay will finally get a chance tomorrow to get justice when an arbitrator hears her case to reclaim her position and return to flying. In May, McClay, who is represented by the Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), was fired by Mesa management after she advocated on behalf of a fellow flight attendant regarding uniform concerns. Flight attendants and workers across Arizona will observe a minute of silence in support of McClay tomorrow.

Says McClay, who is the AFA-CWA Mesa president in Phoenix:

I am looking forward to returning to work and joining my fellow Mesa flight attendants. I am confident that the outcome of this hearing will reverse management’s decision regarding termination and after seven long months, I will be able to return to the career that I am devoted to.

In addition to termination, management prohibited McClay from entering all company-owned facilities, even when acting in her official role as an elected union officer. Despite the ban, McClay actually has increased member outreach by utilizing union activists and committee chairs to relay questions and concerns from on-duty flight attendants directly to herself. Through a steady stream of e-mail blasts, letters to flight attendants and one-on-one phones calls with members, Mesa flight attendants are kept informed on all matters regarding their career.

A decision in the arbitration is expected early next year.

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