Spirit Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), have voted to accept a new contract with significant improvements for the more than 2,200 flight attendants, the company said.
The agreement was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.
Spirit Airlines AFA MEC president Jorge Buchelli said, “Spirit flight attendants made a collective decision that will carry us through the next five years. This contract moves us forward and establishes a strong foundation for our future, Spirit flight attendants play a key role in the winning strategy and record profits of this airline. AFA pressed hard for an agreement that recognizes our effort and dedication.”
Vigorous negotiations began over nine years ago and culminated in a five-year deal that dramatically increases wages plus other pay factors. The new agreement also locks-in the best health insurance coverage in the industry for flight attendants, and improves job protections and work rules.
The Association of Flight Attendants is a large flight attendant union that has advanced the flight attendant profession for 70 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the flight attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO.