On Monday, CWA Local 7304 members who work at the New Flyer bus manufacturing facility in St. Cloud, Minn., reached a tentative agreement with the company. The new contract includes wage increases, no changes in healthcare coverage, and no increases in healthcare premiums for the length of the contract. Under the new contract, workers will also receive increased 401(k) matching, paid maternity leave, time off to observe the Juneteenth holiday, hazard pay for those who worked during the COVID shutdown, reduced mandatory overtime, and more. The workers credit the gains in this contract to the incredible solidarity they built through member-led actions, including rallies outside of the New Flyer manufacturing plant and an overwhelming strike authorization vote.
Last Tuesday, AFA-CWA Frontier and Spirit Flight Attendants reached an agreement on job security and contract protections during the proposed merger of the two airlines.
“We are thrilled to announce our support for the merger of Spirit and Frontier Airlines after reaching a transition agreement that protects Flight Attendant jobs, assists with the AFA-CWA seniority integration that protects the accrued bidding seniority each Flight Attendant has accrued prior to the merger, and paves the way for efficient contract bargaining that allows Flight Attendants to experience the benefits of the merger as soon as possible,” stated AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson. “We support the necessary regulatory approvals that will improve competition, increase consumer options and experience, and maintain and grow good union jobs.”
Read more here.