- Nov 4, 2003
members should not be denied the right to choose whichever union they want
Unless of course the members vote would afford them the chance to LEAVE the TWU.
The TWU ATD included deceased, retired, fired, and other classifications which DENIED THE MEMBERS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHICHEVER UNION THEY WANTED when AMFA petitioned the National Mediation Board for a vote for the Mechanic and Related at AA
READ THE HYPOCRITS IN ACTION!!!
AFL-CIO Ruling Comparable to â€œUnion Busting" - Friday, June 23, 2006 at 07:18
Dallas -- Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556 representing Southwest Airlines flight attendants announced today that it will continue to support the efforts of the Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA) to affiliate with the TWU despite an order from the AFL-CIO to end all assistance.
PFAA and TWU have explored an affiliation agreement beginning in September 2005 when Northwest Airlines filed for bankruptcy. A vote on the proposed affiliation by Northwest flight attendants is scheduled to begin on June 8. Over the past nine months, TWU has supported the flight attendants campaign with legal, financial and other forms of support.
Another AFL-CIO affiliate, AFA-CWA, however, initiated an organizational raid on the Northwest flight attendants the same day the airline filed for bankruptcy, and has continued to interfere in the flight attendants contract negotiations with Northwestâ€™s management during the critical bankruptcy proceedings. A National Mediation Board representational election is scheduled to run concurrently with the PFAA-TWU affiliation vote.
The AFA-CWA demanded and received an AFL-CIO subcommittee decision on Wednesday ordering the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to cease â€œany financial or other assistanceâ€ for PFAA and the NWA Flight Attendants,â€ and granting AFA-CWA exclusive rights to organize the NWA flight attendant group.
â€œNorthwest Airlines flight attendants should not be denied the right to choose whichever union they want,â€ said Thom McDaniel, President of TWU Local 556. â€œWhen management denies employees the right to organize it is called â€œunion bustingâ€ and when the AFL-CIO takes this position, it is just wrong.â€
TWU Local 556 has worked with both AFL-CIO-affiliated and non-affiliated unions on flight attendant and airline issues. â€œI have a tremendous amount of respect for the flight attendants of AFA-CWA, however their leadership has taken the position that they are the only union that can represent flight attendants,â€ said McDaniel, â€œWhile AFA-CWA represents the largest number of flight attendants in our industry, the fact is that TWU Local 556 currently has the best contract in the industry. Northwest flight attendants deserve the right to choose and neither AFA-CWA nor the AFL-CIO can deny them that right.â€
TWU Local 556 represents the 8,400 flight attendants at Southwest Airlines and recently, after a two year battle, negotiated the leading contract in the airline industry. PFAA represents 9,000 flight attendants at Northwest Airlines.
Transport Workers Union Local 556 represents nearly 8,400 flight attendants at Southwest Airlines. Southwest flight attendants are affiliated with both the Transport Workers Union of America and the AFL-CIO.
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