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TOWER FLIGHT ATTENDANTS RATIFY FIRST CONTRACT

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Flight attendants at Tower Air, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), AFL-CIO, today ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with the New York-based carrier after three years of negotiations. Of those voting, 93 percent voted for the contract by confidential mail ballot.
 Tower's 350 flight attendants will receive wage and vacation increases and an improved sick leave policy. The contract also provides for single rooms on layovers -- a significant gain for flight attendants who had to share rooms previously. A lawsuit filed by AFA over a Tel Aviv base staffed with non-union flight attendants was also resolved as part of the settlement.
 "The flight attendants have more than earned this first-time contract, which represents long-overdue improvements in every aspect of our work life," stated Matthew Kerbs, AFA local president at Tower. "This is a good first contract and the Tower flight attendants have been justly awarded for their patience and perseverance."
 AFA first won the right to represent the Tower flight attendants in 1989.
 The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, represents more than 33,000 flight attendants on 21 carriers and is the largest flight attendant union in the world.
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 /CONTACT: Ben Elliott of the Association of Flight Attendants, 202-328-5400/


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