Media Advisory

Scott Treibitz or Kirby Taranto, 703-276-2772
September 4, 1998

Photo Opportunity
Hits Dulles Airport

AFA Will Protest Outside Dulles Airport to Warn Travelers of Approaching
Deadline for Strike Watch

WHEN: Friday, September 4 WHERE: Dulles International Airport
3:30 - 5:30 p.m. AirTran Main Ticket Terminal

Washington, DC -- At Dulles International Airport on Friday, September 4, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) will protest the stalemate in negotiations with AirTran and warn travelers they may face interruptions and delays on their trips home from their holiday weekend.

The intermittent CHAOS strikes  - standing for Create Havoc Around Our System - are designed to get AirTran, formerly ValuJet, to offer a fair contract settlement. The strategy threatens random, unannounced strikes against targeted AirTran flights anywhere, anytime and without notice in 34 cities.

The 30-day cooling-off period imposed by federal law ends at12:01 a.m. September 5, at which time the attendants are free to strike if no contract is reached. The AFA has been bargaining since June 1995 without winning a contract.

September 2 was the first day back at bargaining between AFA and AirTran in Atlanta, GA. The talks are being assisted by the National Mediation Board (NMB).

AFA is the largest flight attendants' union in the world, representing more than 43,000 flight attendants at 27 airlines, including those at AirTran. For more information, visit AFA's website at

Local Washington Contact, Beth Deprospero, will be On-Site for Questions

For Further Information Contact:
Association of Flight Attendants
1745 Phoenix Blvd., Suite 360, College Park, GA 30349
David Borer, Bill Green, 770-997-5522
FAX: 770-997-5525
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