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BUSINESS EXPRESS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS SAY 'YES' TO UNION

 WASHINGTON, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Flight attendants employed by Business Express, a Delta Airlines regional feeder, voted today to join the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO. Of those who voted, 100 percent choose AFA as their representative. The representation election was conducted by the National Mediation Board, the federal agency which oversees labor-management relations in the airline industry.
 The 180 Business Express flight attendants, based in Boston, Hartford and Portsmouth, N.H., were not previously represented by any union. Due to the low pay, long working hours and ambiguous work rules, the union said, the flight attendant group sought out AFA as its bargaining agent.
 "This couldn't have been done without all of the flight attendants pulling together and making themselves heard," Business Express flight attendant Patricia Davis said in response to the overwhelming victory. "The credit goes to them for having the courage to do what was necessary."
 "The Business Express flight attendants have had to work with inconsistent company policies and pay well below the industry average," stated Dee Maki, AFA national president. "AFA will fight for fair and consistent work rules and an equitable economic package under a negotiated contract."
 The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, represents 33,000 flight attendants on 21 airlines and is the largest flight attendant union in the world.
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 /CONTACT: David Melancon of the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, 202-328-5400/


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