The Master Executive Council of the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA October 2 approved a second
concessionary agreement aimed at restoring profitability to ATA Airlines.
“After being in business for 32 years, we’ve weathered many changes in
this industry, but nothing can measure up to what we’re experiencing
today,” said Jacki Pritchett, president of the Master Executive Council.
ATA continues to post losses in the face of fierce competition,
record-high fuel costs and a significant debt burden.
The new agreement calls for cost savings in the area of productivity and a
10 percent overall reduction in base hourly rates. Although an earlier
agreement narrowly failed to gain membership ratification, Pritchett is
hopeful that flight attendants are ready to support the company’s efforts
to reverse losses at ATA.
More than 46,000 flight attendants—including 1,900 at ATA—join
together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. AFA is
part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America,
AFL-CIO. Visit us at http://www.afanet.org/.