Flight Attendants at Frontier Airlines, represented by AFA-CWA, ratified a new five-year contract this week covering more than 2,200 Flight Attendants, with 94% voting to ratify the agreement.
Frontier Flight Attendants will immediately receive an average 24% wage increase. The agreement also includes better pay protections, schedule flexibility and protections, improvements for reserves, better vacation, quality of work life enhancements, and many more benefits.
"This contract provides immediate economic gains and locks in important work rules and protections for Flight Attendants. This shows our power when we stand together and fight for the contract we deserve," said Jennifer Sala, AFA-CWA Frontier President.
AFA-CWA has petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) on behalf of its Flight Attendant members at United Express carrier Air Wisconsin for a release from mediation, which could start the clock for a potential strike 30 days later.
"Enough! Flight Attendants are living in poverty while airlines are making billions off their backs," said AFA-CWA 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."
AFA-CWA 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. Flight Attendants at Air Wisconsin have voted by 99% to strike if necessary.
Last week, Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants demonstrated at Washington Dulles International Airport, joined by AFA-CWA Flight Attendants from across the system, and members of several other unions.
To avoid a hearing that was set for April 30, Nokia agreed to settle NLRB charges filed by CWA's Telecommunications & Technologies sector and CWA Local 4390 for failing and refusing to provide the union with information requested and for bargaining in bad faith.
By the terms of the agreement, the company is now required to supply the union with the information it has been withholding by May 31. Once CWA has had time to review the requested information, Nokia is required to meet with the CWA bargaining team and CWA's research economist so that the union can perform its own cost analysis. This process will take some time, but will go a long way in helping the bargaining committee craft proposals that will help Nokia CWA members achieve a collective bargaining agreement that will provide job and retirement security. Nokia is also required to physically post, mail, email, and post on the intranet a notice affirming that the company will bargain collectively and in good faith with CWA.