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August | 2011 | Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Council 72

Archive for August 25, 2011

We’re On Our Way

The National Mediation Board (NMB) has docketed our application. It is NMB Case # R-7298.
 The company is required to provide the NMB with the following information no later than 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, September 8:

-A list of potential eligible voters.  The potential eligible voters are flight attendants who were on the seniority list as of the last day of the payroll period prior to August 23, 2011 (we believe that date to be August 15). The company is also required to submit this list to AFA.  
A set of signature samples.




AFA Press Release

Omni Flight Attendants Seek To Advance Careers With World’s Largest Flight Attendant Union

Washington, DC – Omni Air International Flight Attendants took a major step in advancing their careers by requesting a representation election for the over 400 Flight Attendants at the charter carrier. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) yesterday after a strong majority of Omni Flight Attendants signed authorization cards seeking AFA representation.

“Omni Flight Attendants recognize the value of having the legal right to negotiate over important aspects of their careers such as wages, retirement benefits and vital safety programs. By joining the ranks of the world’s largest Flight Attendant union, they will have vast resources available that will help them advance their careers and take control of their future,” said AFA International President Veda Shook. Read more

We Filed!

We Filed & the Earth Moved!

Today was an historic day in Washington DC.  As AFA was filing for our representation election an earthquake struck.  We are taking this as a good sign.

AFA International President, Veda Shook, delivered the cards and our application to the National Mediation Board (NMB).  The NMB is the government agency responsible for administering the Railway Labor Act (RLA, the law which governs representation and negotiations in the railroad and airline industries).  The NMB will now docket the case and begin an investigation.

As part of the investigation, the NMB will require Omni management to submit a list of flight attendants and handwriting samples for each person.  The NMB will check the authorization cards against the handwriting samples submitted by the company to determine the legitimacy of the cards.  An election will be authorized if enough legitimate cards were filed.  We are confident that we submitted more than enough authorization cards for an election.

Stay tuned for more information.