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ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL FLIGHT ATTENDANTS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS OF NORTHWEST AIRLINES
‘Northwest Management Requests Contract Abrogation-Judge Extends Deadline’
Ft. Worth, TX (February 17, 2006)— The President of The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), representing more than 18,000 American Airlines flight attendants, issued the following statement of support for the flight attendants of Northwest Airlines, represented by the Professional Flight Attendant Association (PFAA):
“As we watch yet another U.S. carrier poised to use the cloak of bankruptcy as a means to abrogate hard-earned collective bargaining agreements, we are encouraged that the bankruptcy judge has allowed an extension for a consensual agreement to be reached by the parties. The Northwest flight attendants have already made large sacrifices and have shown good faith in meeting the demands of their carrier,” said APFA President, Tommie L. Hutto-Blake, and she continued, “The tenacity and dedication exhibited by the PFAA is to be commended, as they have continued to fight the good fight under extreme and stressful conditions. We urge the parties to continue the hard work necessary to achieve mutual resolution.”
“We offer our full support and will watch closely as the deadline draws to a close. The union representing the Northwest flight attendants has worked hard to offer solutions to keep their company viable. The termination of a labor contract is serious business and would elicit serious consequences,” stated President Hutto-Blake.