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AirTran Flight Attendants File for Federal Mediation

AirTran flight attendants represented
by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, today asked the
National Mediation Board to help them reach a contract agreement with the
“Nearly a year of talks and private mediation by a well-respected mediator
have failed to result in a fair contract offer by AirTran,” said Joe
Rivera, president of AFA’s Master Executive Council at AirTran. “Today’s
action is further evidence that our flight attendants will do whatever it
takes to get the kind of contract we deserve.”

The AFA asked for mediation to expedite the process of achieving an
agreement that will address all of the issues important to flight
attendants. The most recent proposal endorsed by management failed to
include needed work rule provisions governing scheduling and hours of

More than 50,000 flight attendants at 27 airlines—including more than
1,000 flight attendants at AirTran—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. For more information,
visit AFA’s website at