Wednesday, February 27, 2008

APFA elects new National Officers

APFA logoA new President has been elected by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), the union representing flight attendants at American Airlines. Laura Glading who won the position of President after a run-off election.

According to a notice posted on the APFA website, Ms. Glading received 6420 votes in the run-off election, while John Ward received 5363 votes. These two individuals had emerged as the leading candidates after a first-round election earlier this year.

Other National Officers determined by this election are:

  • Brett Durkin, Vice President
  • Denise Pointer, Secretary
  • Juan Barrera, Treasurer
They will serve a four-year term, which begins on April 1 of this year.

Congratulations to the newly elected National Officers of the APFA.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Mimi Abell: A 41 year career at Northwest Airlines

Mimi AbellMimi Abell retired from Northwest Airlines last month after 41 years of service as a flight attendant with the airline. To mark her retirement, The Republican-Leader, her hometown newspaper in Minnesota, ran a feature story about Mimi Abell, accompanied by the photos at right.

The photos show Mimi during her final flight, and as she looked early in her career. Mimi Abell joined Northwest Orient Airlines (as it was then called) in 1967. She was based at Minneapolis-St.Paul for her entire career.

Mimi Abell always has been a very busy person. In addition to her flying career, and being a mother, she and her late husband, whom she married in 1989, owned and operated Mrs. B's Inn and Restaurant in Lanesboro, MN. Mimi also did a lot of volunteer work in her community -- as a Girl Scout leader, an adult literacy teacher, and a volunteer probation officer. In addition, she found the time to earn a Private Pilot's License, and to finish her college education at the University of Minnesota.

Go and read Waiting in the Wings... the Republican-Leader's article about Mimi Abell. It is a story that will ring true to cabin crew everywhere.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Flight Attendant: No longer a 'sexy' occupation?

Flight AttendantLong-time readers of Cabin Crew News may recall a piece last year called Being a flight attendant is sexy. In that post I reported on a survey that listed the "10 Sexiest Job Titles." In that survey, 'Flight Attendant' was number five on the list.

Well, now we learn that a company called Salary.com has carried out a similar survey. When they did so in 2005, 'Flight Attendant' was number two on the list, but according to an article about the 2008 survey outcome in the Boston Globe, 'Flight Attendant' did not even make the top ten list of sexy job titles this time. Tsk tsk.

In the Salary.com surveys, 'Firefighter' was the sexiest job title in both 2005 and 2008, but in the 2008 results, 'Personal Trainer' replaced 'Flight Attendant' for 2nd place. (What?!) The third sexiest job title in both 2005 and 2008 was 'Chief Executive." No word on whether that referred to airline CEOs, however.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Delta flight attendants seek union representation

Delta Airlines logoThis week, flight attendants at Delta Airlines will formally act to seek union representation. On February 14, the flight attendants will file signed cards to this effect. If a sufficient number of signed cards are collected and verified by the U.S. National Mediation Board (NMB), an election will be called to officially determine union representation. The NMB is responsible for overseeing union representation elections in the U.S. airline industry.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, known as "AFA," has been working for some time with Delta flight attendants who favor union representation. A media release issued last week by AFA states that "a solid majority of Delta flight attendants have signed cards and eagerly await an election."

Up to now, Delta flight attendants have not been unionized. Although there has been growing dissatisfaction with pay and work rules among the rank and file, it seems that the tipping point came as Delta began engaging in merger talks with other carriers. Now a growing number of Delta's flight attendants are acknowledging the potential value of representation by a formal collective bargaining unit such as the AFA.

The AFA has opened a website -- Delta AFA -- to support the campaign by Delta flight attendants for unionization. There is a copy of the authorization card for union representation on the website, as well as a wealth of information about AFA, and about the legal rights of flight attendants in regard to collective bargaining and unionization. In addition, the website features a page with comments by individual Delta flight attendants telling why they want AFA -- definitely an interesting read!

According to reports in the news media, Northwest Airlines currently is considered to be the most likely merger partner for Delta, however officials at United Airlines also have discussed a potential merger with Delta. Flight attendants at both Northwest and United already are represented by AFA.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Delta flight attendant wins $1 million in Georgia Lottery

Georgia Lottery winner Kristen DiloretoDelta flight attendant Kristen Diloreto, pictured at right, recently won $1 million playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Georgia's $500 Million Club. Ms. Diloreto purchased her winning ticket at a Publix supermarket in the town where she lives.

According to a Georgia Lottery news release, Ms. Diloreto purchased the ticket while grocery shopping at the store. She scratched the ticket to reveal the winning number while still in her car.

"I was thrilled," she said. "I took the ticket back to the store manager, and we both looked at each other in disbelief."

The 40 year old flight attendant and her husband have three children. She said that she and her husband may use a bit of the winnings to take a family vacation. Beyond that, they have no immediate plans for their million dollar prize.

Congratulations to Kristen Diloreto on her good fortune!

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