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Finally, A Good AFA Contract


Finally, Deltafa.org has found a collective bargaining agreement signed by the  Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) that we feel is a good contract.

We have included some highlights from this contract. 


1. New Year's Day
2. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
3. Columbus Day
4. Washington's Birthday
5. Memorial Day
6.  Independence Day
7. Labor Day
8. Thanksgiving Day
9. Friday following Thanksgiving Day
10. Christmas Day
11. Three (3) Floating Holidays


1. First and Second Year

15 Work Days

2. Third through Fifth Year

20 Work Days

3. Sixth through Tenth Year

25 Work Days

4. Over Tenth Year

30 Work Days

Meal/ tip allowances

Breakfast $7.50/ $1.50

Lunch $10.00/ $2.00

Dinner $21.25/ $4.25

Severance pay (for Reductions in Force)


Length of Service


Months of Severance Allowance


1 Year and Less Than 2

2 Weeks

2 Years and Less Than 3

1 Month

3 Years and Less Than 4

1-1/2 Months

4 Years and Less Than 5

2 Months

5 Years and Less Than 6

3 Months

6 Years and Less Than 7

4 Months

7 Years and Less Than 8

5 Months

8 Years and Over

6 Months

Sick leave

Sick leave will accrue at a rate of 20 days per year and can accumulate up to 140 days.


Salaries range from $18,673 to $79,080.

Who signed this collective bargaining agreement?

The negotiating team really did an excellent job negotiating with management for these benefits.  They squeezed management and obtained a contract that was truly a "Contract of Choice"

How many AFA represented flight attendants enjoy this benefit package?    None.

Who was management?   The Association of Flight Attendants.

What labor group is covered by this agreement?  The staff employees of the AFA.  

The staff employees of the AFA are represented by their own union, Union of Staff Employees (WBNG, TNG-CWA). They negotiated this contract with management (the Association of Flight Attendants.)


This contract raises three issues:

First, this contract contains many benefits that the AFA is unable to negotiate for the flight attendants that it represents. 

For example, AFA staff negotiators enjoy these benefits.  It is ironic that each AFA member is contributing dues that  pay for the AFA staff negotiators to have this generous benefit package.  Yet,  AFA staff negotiators are not going to the negotiating table and obtaining these same benefits for the very flight attendants they represent.

In essence, staff negotiators are negotiating contracts for flight attendants that are inferior to the contracts that the staff negotiators enjoy.  This is patently unfair.

Second, this contract is paid for by the members of the AFA. These same members are being furloughed. These staff employees are not flight attendants. In a furlough situation, shouldn’t these positions be filled by furloughed flight attendants first?

Third, if we elect the AFA, we will be paying for this contract. Our money is  better spent on our families and on our retirement. Our money should not be taken from us and sent to Washington D.C. to support the posh lifestyles of a large bureaucracy.

Remember, the AFA has lost dues from roughly 10,000 flight attendants and is experiencing a revenue short fall.   If the AFA does not organize Delta, they will have to make cutbacks in the number of staff members and their benefit packages.  These AFA staff members know that they need Delta flight attendants to prop up their lifestyles.   Consider what they hope to gain when they tell you how much you need the AFA.


Association of Flight Attendants - Guild News

Union of Staff Employees (WBNG, TNG-CWA) Association of Flight Attendants website

Exempt Collective Bargaining Agreement

Non Exempt Collective Bargaining Agreement




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Last modified: December 13, 2008