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SIMMONS AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANTS SAY 'YES' TO AFA REPRESENTATION

SIMMONS AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANTS SAY 'YES' TO AFA REPRESENTATION
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Flight attendants employed by Chicago-based Simmons Airlines voted today almost 11 to one to join the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), AFL-CIO. The flight attendants were formerly represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).
 The 113 to nine vote follows last year's authorization card signing campaign by the Simmons attendants requesting AFA representation. Eighty-seven percent of the attendants showed their dissatisfaction with Teamster representation by signing the cards which triggered this election by the National Mediation Board for a new union.
 "We're ecstatic," Simmons flight attendant David Osborne said. "The flight attendants at Simmons wanted to be represented by a professional union whose main concern is the interests of flight attendants."
 This election foreshadows the representational contest between AFA and IBT at Northwest Airlines. More than 70 percent of Northwest's 8,400 flight attendants have signed similar authorization cards requesting replacement of the IBT by AFA. The election is slated for late February.
 "This vote is a clear sign that unified flight attendants have a voice in the industry," stated Dee Maki, AFA national president. "A union representing so many different factions is not as effective as AFA in dealing with flight attendant issues."
 The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, represents more than 32,000 flight attendants on 20 airlines and is the largest flight attendant union in the world.
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 /CONTACT: David Melancon of the Association of Flight Attendants, 202-328-5400/ CO: Association of Flight Attendants ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU:


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