Monday, September 20, 1999

Peggy Gordon 808-239-9478

BUCKING A TREND IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY,

ALOHA FLIGHT ATTENDANTS OVERWHELMINGLY RATIFY NEW CONTRACT

Flight attendants for Aloha Airlines ratified a new contract Friday that provides pay increases, profit sharing, and higher pay rates to work the carrier’s new routes to the continental United States.

"We were determined to make improvements to keep good jobs at Aloha and we were successful," said Peggy Gordon, president of the Aloha Airlines Master Executive Council for the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO.

Pay rates will increase two percent each year until 2003 under the five-year agreement. Each flight attendant will receive a $300 signing bonus and will get to share in the profits they help make possible.

Beginning in February 2000, Aloha will begin flying two daily roundtrip flights between Hawaii and Oakland, California. This marks the first time in the airline’s history that it will provide direct service to a mainland U.S. destination. Under their new contract, Aloha flight attendants will receive extra pay for flying these trips as well as trips to the South Pacific.

The Association of Flight Attendants represents approximately 240 flight attendants at Aloha. AFA is the world’s largest flight attendant union with 46,000 members. Visit AFA’s website @ afanet.org.

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