Support from Flight Attendants Union!

11 Jun

On behalf of over 7,200 flight attendants at pre-merger Northwest Airlines (now Delta Air Lines), I convey our group’s message of solidarity and support for the Minnesota Nurses.  Some of my colleagues and I attended the vigil last night in Saint Paul and we were  inspired by the energy from the speakers and those in attendance.  It shouldn’t surprise any of us that so much of our focus is the same, no matter what the industry.  Staffing, wages, working conditions, recognition — all of these important themes are shared struggles within our movement.

The flight attendants at Northwest (Delta) have had collective bargaining rights for over 62 years.  Our merger with Delta has put those We know that positive changes in our profession do not come about because corporate America decides to make things better.  Real change comes from solidarity shown to those at the bargaining table and an organized workgroup.  Today, the unionized nurses of Minnesota are taking the ultimate stand for their patients, healthcare, and for those of us struggling to bring back a viable middle class to working women and men.

Flight attendants from Northwest and Delta will soon vote in a historic representation election.  Delta is almost completely non-union and we have been engaged in a massive organizing campaign for the combined 21,000 flight attendants since 2008.  We look forward to winning our vote and getting to the table with management to make desperately need improvements to concessionary agreements.  Listening to the speakers at last night’s vigil reinvigorated our spirit and drive for our campaign.

We’re with you and thankful for the stand you are taking for the community and for labor.

In Solidarity,
Daniel Grey,
Vice President, NWA Master Executive Council Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
http://www.nwaafa.org <http://www.nwaafa.org>   |  www.deltaafa.org <http://www.deltaafa.org>

10 Responses to “Support from Flight Attendants Union!”

  1. loreeharrison June 11, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    thanks for your support, so much appreciated

  2. cindy June 11, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    delta and northwest didn’t turn down the opportunity to fly some of the 2000 contract nurses into MN at full one day notice fare. again, as i’ve seen while here everybody (hotels, ballpark, resturants, malls, cabs.ect) made alot of money on the strike. seems it isn’t a strong enough issue to stand behind and not make alot of money..if all of you truly supported this, i would have a different message…thanks and hurry to turn in that next 10 day notice so everyone can make some more dollars!!

  3. Debbie Ingram RN, MNA Rep, Fairview/Riverside. June 12, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    Thank you so much, Northwest Flight Attendants for your support for our MNA!! We appreciate it so much. (I know you’re Delta now, but you will always remain Northwest to me!)
    Debbie

  4. Honorable444 June 12, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    It would have been nice to hear and see more support for your own coworkers back in 2005 when the Mechanics, custodian and cleaners went out on Strike, while you kept working.

  5. Daniel Grey June 12, 2010 at 4:46 am #

    Our support for Minnesota Nurses and our colleagues in the Labor Movement is genuine. Many of us – myself included – supported our mechanics when they struck the company. It was a very dark time in our history and I wish things had turned out differently. The 2005 strike gave many of us vigor for the fight and we all do our best to further the cause.

    As for Delta flying in and out of MSP during the strike, please understand that the pre-merger Northwest Flight Attendants do not decide which flights operate or not. Oh, to have that kind of power . . .

  6. another NW 444 June 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    Beware of the Flight attendants retoric about honoring your picket lines. They voted against honoring NW mechanics strike in 2005. Paid alot of lip service but crossed our lines nonetheless.

  7. another NW 444 June 14, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Nurses – Two flight attendants supported our Mechanic strike in 2005 and refused to cross our picket line. They were fired and like us, lost their jobs for good.
    Some advice: Deal with your scabs. Your own treacherous scabs will be the death of your efforts.

  8. AFA - Supporter of MNA June 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    I am so sorry that with all he hardship our MNA is going through right now that HEARTFELT, GENUINE support is given a bad name. Support from any group! As Flight Attendants we have ABSOLUTELY no control of how Delta/NWA spends or earns their dollars. How the hospitals chose to handle this strike is far beyond the hands of your crews on the aircraft, same goes for the money Delta/NWA has spent on “(hotels, ballpark, restaurants, malls, cabs.ect)”. Please accept our support, we hope for the best and will continue to support your cause. The Mechanic strike was a horrible time for Labor at NWA and one that we wish would have never happened. We as Flight Crew, did support them very much, however we were unable to uphold the strike line as we would have liked.

    To the nurses in Minnesota, PLEASE stay strong and for those how choose to turn support into an argument please remember, this is about SAFETY for you, the patients nurses take care of everyday, not to mention a living wage, pension, and so much more. In unity, AFA Supporter!

  9. Bonnie June 14, 2010 at 6:57 pm #

    You know, this is not about what some other industry did with their employers/contracts, it is about what we are doing! If the Flight Attendants want to support us in our efforts we need to thank them for that- not demean them OR ourselves because of something that happened years ago. We do not know all the specifics of that situation that did not involve just one union but many, and we have not “walked in their shoes”. Cindy, would you refused to work if the decorators at TCH were on strike? Good luck if you do- read your contract!

  10. Another honorable 444 June 15, 2010 at 12:25 am #

    Good luck to the unified nurses, you’ll need it. After experiencing what NW did to their mechanics I fear they sold the “how to” CD to your management. We live in a country where management has indoctrinated many of our people that they no longer need unions. There are plenty of selfish one way scab type people out there that are ready to use that as an excuse to take your job. Filthy scabs! Nurses, be ready to deal with scabs, esp. your own co workers. As for the flight attendants, they talked alot but on strike night they took a vote and voted NOT to support our picket line. If they had maybe their efforts to stay unionized would be better. Once again good luck, it took balls to do what you guys did a few days ago… Hang tough esp when dealing with scabs!

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