Flight attendants at your airline are organizing with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) to make your jobs better and more secure. We want you to succeed. That’s why flight attendants like us, who have already joined AFA, want you to know what to expect from your airline executives during your campaign.
Not every airline management uses all the same tricks and tactics to prevent us from exercising our legal right to join AFA, but you need to know — ahead of time — that there is a pattern or script that most follow. Most will do some or all of the following:
- Make empty promises or threats.
- Tell lies about AFA.
- Spread rumors to discourage or divide you and your flying partners.
- Refuse to have open, honest debate on the issues that prompted you to seek AFA representation.
The first thing our executives did was try to confuse us by claiming that AFA is an “outside” organization that will erect a barrier between us and our airline, or that AFA will make all of the decisions about our job for us. This is false. Our executives didn’t want us to organize together in AFA because with professional representation we got collective bargaining rights. Ask yourself why your executives would say something like that. It’s because organizing a union means that your executives would have to negotiate with you and your coworkers over the terms of your pay, benefits and working conditions. They prefer to keep for themselves that control and the ability to set your pay, benefits, etc.