Ryan International flight attendants and pilots turned out in force to welcome International President Pat Friend to their first official AFA-CWA membership meeting and pizza party! After a lengthy battle against the company’s anti-union campaign, the Ryan International flight attendants voted overwhelmingly, by a margin of 111 out of 167, to join our union! Pat explained the democratic nature of AFA and the need for a majority membership and election of officers prior to appointing a negotiating committee and negotiating their first contract. Pat also gave short descriptions of the various committees that can be used by the MEC, stressing the priority of mobilizing in support of contract negotiations and their leadership.
It was truly inspiring to watch this newly organized group as they begin their journey and come to reap the benefits of union membership.