Facts about the AFA
GET TO KNOW THE AFA
AFA has a history of prolonged negotiations. And with an employee group as large as Delta In-Flight, there’s no predicting how long it could take to form an agreement. For example, Spirit Airlines, with just 2,200 flight attendants, took more than 9 years to complete a contract and United’s post-merger agreement took 4 years of negotiations.
They Need You; Do You Need Them?
Delta flight attendants are worth approximately $15 million in annual mandatory dues to the AFA. As with any union, AFA dues are mandatory, and have increased steadily over time– rising 16% in the past 8 years.
Prolonged Delta/NW merger process
AFA filed baseless interference charges that held up the final integration of Delta and Northwest In-Flight groups, postponing a much deserved pay increase for Northwest flight attendants.
Values CHAOS™, and even “trademarked” it
AFA has routinely threatened upheavals that disrupt and inconvenience customers and employees across the system.
Censured by the AFL-CIO
An AFL-CIO arbitrator ordered the AFA to stop organizing efforts at Delta for 18 months, after bickering between AFA and the IAM over who would get the “exclusive right” to try to secure Delta flight attendants’ dues money.
Requires dues to be paid when on leave
AFA bylaws state that flight attendants are required to continue paying dues during the first 90 days of most leaves – even when not receiving compensation from their employers. Flight attendants may elect to not pay dues after 90-days, but then are not allowed to participate in important decisions affecting them, including union elections and contract votes.
Can’t Take No for an Answer
Delta flight attendants have rejected the AFA three times (2002, 2008, 2010).
The AFA merged with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in 2004 due to loss of membership and risk of financial insolvency. For the period June 2018-May 2019, AFA reported total net assets of less than $5.2 million.