Delta flight attendants push seniority integration

By: ATLANTA (AP)
By: ATLANTA (AP)

A group of Delta Air Lines flight attendants who were with the company before it acquired Northwest Airlines want the two carriers' seniority lists combined based on date of hire. With the support of Delta management, they are pushing the union that represents Northwest flight attendants to move forward with the plan.

Atlanta-based Delta issued a statement Thursday saying that the Delta flight attendants, who are not represented by a union, recently sent their proposal to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents Northwest flight attendants.

The move comes despite the fact that AFA-CWA and the union that represents Northwest ground workers have sued Delta. They're trying to block the airline's effort to proceed with seniority list integration until the combined groups are given the opportunity to vote on union representation.

Union representation elections involving the roughly 22,000 flight attendants and about 22,000 customer service agents and baggage handlers at Delta and Northwest have not been scheduled.

There was no immediate response Thursday to e-mails The Associated Press sent to three spokeswomen for the AFA-CWA seeking comment.


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