Oct 3, 2013
Flight Attendants at AirTran
AirTran Airways Flight Attendants, represented by AFA-CWA, ratified a new agreement with Southwest Airlines management covering the over 1,700 Flight Attendants who have not been integrated into the Southwest system.
"AirTran Flight Attendants' immense contributions have played a key role in the AirTran/Southwest network. This agreement provides Flight Attendants with some immediate economic improvements until management completes the integration process. AirTran Flight Attendants stood strong throughout negotiations and remained resolute that we not be left behind as a result of this merger," said Alison Head, AFA AirTran President.
AFA-CWA President Veda Shook said, "This agreement provides certainty in pay parity with the Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants over the next 15 months. Whether or not Southwest Airlines management sticks to its merger timeline, our AirTran Flight Attendants will be protected."
CenturyLink (Legacy Qwest)
CWA members at CenturyLink (Legacy Qwest) turned down a tentative agreement reached with Qwest management. The current contract remains in place through Oct. 11, 2013. The CWA bargaining team now is assessing next steps.
The CWA bargaining team has been working for a fair contract at CenturyLink since negotiations got underway on Aug. 15, 2012.
CWA Local 4004 members at AT&T Internet rally for a fair contract.
Critical issues include contracting out and offshoring of work, economic impacts and other job concerns. CWA represents 13,000 workers at CenturyLink, in these states: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa.
About 71 percent of CWA members at AT&T Internet ratified a contract that provides for wage increases and other job improvements. The contract covers nearly 4,000 technicians and call center workers in 12 states.
CWA members at OFS ratified a new contract. The agreement covers about 280 CWA members at plants in Sturbridge, Mass., and Atlanta, Ga. OFS workers manufacture high performance fibers for video, voice and data transmission.