A tentative agreement was reached with Spirit Airlines by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), which represents 5,600 Spirit Attendants, to increase wages by 10-27 percent right away, keep raises locked in for the following two years, and make other immediate improvements to flight attendant schedules and quality of life.
Voting to endorse the merger of jetBlue and Spirit, the directly elected Flight Attendant AFA-CWA executives at Spirit approved the tentative agreement for membership ratification.
“Flight Attendants have flown Spirit to new heights over the last three years as we navigated the pandemic and a growing airline,” said Jason Kachenmeister, AFA Spirit President.
“As we head into the merger, the agreement will bring increased pay and establish a clear path to continue raising the bar following the merger.”
Complete agreement details are being developed for delivery to Spirit Flight Attendants next week before they are made public. The membership shall have the right to accept the tentative agreement.
“After securing improvements and protections for Spirit Flight Attendants in recent days, we are excited to announce our strong support for the JetBlue-Spirit merger,” Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines.
“Our union has experience with eight mergers in the past ten years. We agree with skeptics that consolidation has accrued extraordinary power to a few airlines. However, this merger will help to correct that.
The jetBlue-Spirit merger adds competition to the airline industry that creates more power for workers, along with choice and comfort that benefits consumers.
We urge regulators to work diligently to ensure the financial merger closing occurs in the near term so that Flight Attendants, other workers, and consumers can access the benefits of the merger as soon as possible.”