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Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants Leaflet, Hit the Picket Line for a New Contract

October 18, 2019

Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants were out in full force this week at MKE, ORD, and IAD making sure management and the flying public knew they were serious about getting a new contract.

"Flight attendants are working two and three jobs, airlines are making record, record amounts of money," said AFA Air Wisconsin MEC President Ernie Lazernick. "And it's time for them to step up and do right by the flight attendants."

AFA was also joined by labor activist and Democratic Party nominee for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district in the 2018 midterm elections, Randy “IronStache” Bryce at MKE.

Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants petitioned the National Mediation Board for a proffer of arbitration/release from mediation earlier this month, which would start the clock for a potential Flight Attendant strike 30 days later.

United Express Carrier Flight Attendants Ask for a Release to Strike

October 1, 2019

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) representing United Express Carrier Air Wisconsin flight attendants has again petitioned the National Mediation Board for a proffer of arbitration/release from mediation, which would start the clock for a potential flight attendant strike 30 days later.

“The situation is dire. Safety sensitive workers cannot afford to eat. Poverty is not just a term it is a real life living condition for aviation’s first responders working at Air Wisconsin under the flag of United Airlines,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “It is time for the NMB to release the parties from mediation and force management to face the reality of what these negotiations mean for aviation’s first responders. We are putting the full weight of our union behind ending this mean-spirited game of delay while executives stuff their pockets.” 

“The RLA requires parties to exercise every reasonable agreement and participate in a period of mediation with the National Mediation Board,” AFA writes in the letter submitted to the National Mediation Board (NMB). “AFA has participated fully in this provision of the statute. The RLA also provides for self help, including the right to strike, if mediation proves unable to reach an agreement. It is a core provision of the statute and a key pressure point for both parties engaged in negotiations to reach an agreement. We are at that point in the process.”

Once released, the next step under the statute is a 30-day cooling-off period that ends with a strike deadline. There has been no progress during two negotiations sessions since May’s petition.  

Air Wisconsin flight attendants will picket and leaflet at airports around the country in October to raise the issue in the public and ask passengers for support. 

Flight attendant negotiations at Air Wisconsin have been overseen by the National Mediation Board since 2017. In November 2018, Air Wisconsin flight attendants voted by 99 percent to authorize a strike. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system, a single airport, or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

Air Wisconsin is a regional airline, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin operating CRJ-200 regional jets. Air Wisconsin previously operated as an American Eagle regional air carrier. As of March 2018, Air Wisconsin operates exclusively as a United Express regional air carrier.

Air Wisconsin, Compass, GoJet Picket Nationwide

August 23, 2019

Flight Attendants from Air Wisconsin, Compass, and GoJet were out on the picket line Wednesday at DCA, ORD, and LAX to push negotiations forward. They were joined by Flight Attendants from PSA, United, Mesa, and labor allies including CWA, NABET-CWA, SMART, Chicago Jobs with Justice, UNITE HERE!, Chicago Federation of Labor, and more.

Management has proposed no more than 2% wage increases at all three of these airlines and many Flight Attendants are living in poverty. When the airline industry already has a scam business plan to profit off the backs of aviation’s first responders working regional flights for United, American, Delta and Alaska, these wage proposals are offensive and morally bankrupt. When one Flight Attendant is undervalued, we are all in jeopardy.

We stand together and stand up for Flight Attendants at Air Wisconsin, Compass, and GoJet fighting for a fair agreement - and to push the standards higher for Flight Attendants at all regional airlines. Stronger Together, Better Together!

United Express Carrier Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants to Protest in Three Major United Hub Airports to Push for a Fair Contract

August 19, 2019

CHICAGO – On Wednesday, August 21st, United Express Carrier Air Wisconsin flight attendants will protest at three United Airlines’ hub locations as they fight for a fair contract with better pay and benefits that’s long overdue.

On average, flight attendants working at regional airlines are compensated 45% less than crews working on mainline aircraft. First year flight attendant salaries at Air Wisconsin can be as low as $15,000 a year and there have been no wage scale raises since 2007. For some flight attendants that means twelve years without a raise while rent, the cost of food and healthcare have all increased.

Air Wisconsin flight attendants fly under the United Express brand and tickets are sold as United Airlines tickets. AFA is calling on United to step in and help settle the dispute with Air Wisconsin.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is the flight attendant union representing 50,000 flight attendants, across 20 airlines, including those at Air Wisconsin.

WHAT: Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants Rally Nationwide for Fair Contract

WHO: Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants

WHERE: Washington National Airport (DCA), Terminal B South Terrace Departures

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Departures Level, between Terminal 1 & 2

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Departures, between Terminal 4 & 5

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., local time in all locations

United Express Carrier Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants Say Negotiations Are at an Impasse, Ask Government to Impose Deadline on Talks

May 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) representing United Express carrier Air Wisconsin flight attendants has petitioned the National Mediation Board for a proffer of arbitration/release from mediation, which could start the clock for a potential flight attendant strike 30 days later.

"Enough! Flight Attendants are living in poverty while airlines are making billions off their backs," said AFA International President Sara Nelson. "The aviation scam of the century is undervaluing Flight Attendants and other workers at regionals who provide the backbone service of mainline networks. The Air Wisconsin story is among the worst example of this with first year flight attendants making as little as $15,000 a year and others who have gone without a raise for 12 years are no longer able to keep up. Flight attendants have voted 99 percent to strike, if necessary, and today we are formally requesting a release from mediation to move these negotiations to conclusion. This is our number one contract fight."

In a letter submitted to the National Mediation Board (NMB), AFA said it believes a proffer of arbitration and release from mediation is necessary to move the parties to agreement. The next step under the statute is a 30-day cooling-off period that ends with a strike deadline.

Today, Air Wisconsin flight attendants are demonstrating at Washington Dulles International Airport. They are joined by AFA union leaders, flight attendants from across the country and labor allies in the region.

"What happens at one airline, affects us all and Flight Attendants across the industry are standing with Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants for a fair contract," Nelson stated.

Flight attendant negotiations at Air Wisconsin have been overseen by the National Mediation Board since 2017. In November 2018, Air Wisconsin flight attendants voted by 99 percent to authorize a strike. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system, a single airport, or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.

Air Wisconsin is a regional airline, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin operating CRJ-200 regional jets. Air Wisconsin previously operated as an American Eagle regional air carrier. As of March 2018, Air Wisconsin operates exclusively as a United Express regional air carrier.

Air Wisconsin Picketing at IAD on May 9th

Date: 4/26/2019

AFA Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants continue to fight for a fair contract. Plan to get on the picket line this Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 1-2pm eastern at IAD on the Departure Level, outside of United Ticket Counters.

  • At United Airlines regional carrier Air Wisconsin, beginning Flight Attendants can earn as little as $15,000 per year.
  • Flight Attendants are stuck at 2007 wage rates.
  • Management wants to continue to pay poverty wages.
  • Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants voted to strike by 99% after more than two years of company stalling.

 

Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants deserve a fair contract, substantial wage increases to make up for the years of sacrifice to this carrier, and respect for the work that we do for the success of this carrier. For over two years, we have pushed our case at the bargaining table. Management, however, is proposing minuscule wage increases and concessions in areas such as vacation trip touching. We believe this is completely unacceptable.

Enclosed you will find ballots for a strike vote. A strong YES vote - and a strong voter turnout - will show management that the Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants are willing to do whatever it takes to get the contract we deserve. There is no way to achieve a contract that works for all Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants without the full support of the membership. We must show management the depth of our commitment to reaching an agreement we can all ratify. That means voting FOR a strike authorization, and it means wearing your AFA pin every day.

Taking a strike vote does not mean that we will go on strike right away, or at all. It simply means that the members have authorized the AFA leadership at Air Wisconsin to call for a strike when and if it becomes legal, necessary, and prudent to do so. Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act governs our negotiations, and it requires us to go through several more steps, and secure the consent of the National Mediation Board, before we can strike. That being said, by voting YES on the strike ballot, you are voting to authorize a strike if necessary.

We did not decide to take a strike vote lightly. It was the result of full deliberation of all strategic options. There is power in our solidarity. We cannot afford to do nothing. Our future depends on taking action together. Read all of the information, ask questions throughout our Union, and cast your vote. The time is now.

We are Stronger Together, BetterTogether!

AFA AIR WISCONSIN STRIKE VOTE
Polls Open: September 14, 2018
Polls Close: October 14, 2018

In Solidarity

Your MEC, LEC Officers, and Your Negotiations Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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