who we are
Spirit AFA-CWA Proud
Spirit Airlines was founded in 1964 as Clippert Trucking Company in Michigan. It began air charter operations in 1990 and was renamed Spirit Airlines, Inc. in 1992. In 1994, it reincorporated in Delaware, and in 1999 relocated its headquarters to Miramar, Florida.
In the year 2000, 352 Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants voted to become a part of a Union – The Association of Flight Attendants is certified as our formal Union representative. Signing our first Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between Spirit Airlines and AFA with an effective date of August 7, 2007 First Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Your Spirit AFA-CWA Union leadership are your advocates, with an unwavering commitment to helping to ensure our CBA is being upheld and our Flight Attendants are treated fairly. We will conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity and transparency and treat each Flight Attendant with respect.
Our commitment to you:
- Be service minded.
- Be responsive.
- Be honest.
- Be available.
As of 2021, Spirit Airlines is home to over 7,000 Flight Attendants, operates approximately 600 daily flights to over 80 destinations in the U.S., Central and South America and the Caribbean with an all-Airbus fleet. The airline operates an all-Airbus fleet of about 160 single-aisle aircraft in the A320 family, and growing.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) is the flight attendant union organized by flight attendants for flight attendants. AFA represents nearly 50,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines, serving as a voice for flight attendants at their workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. Simply put, the goal of flight attendants who become part of AFA-CWA is to negotiate better pay, benefits, working conditions and work rules at their airline, and to improve their safety on the job.
AFA-CWA negotiates the best flight attendant contracts in the industry, maintaining and improving wages, benefits and working conditions for flight attendants.
AFA-CWA has strength in numbers and a professional staff to assist flight attendants with workplace, career and interpersonal concerns.
AFA-CWA is a democratic union representing flight attendants at every type of carrier. All AFA-CWA officers are flight attendants who solicit member input on policy and financial decisions.
AFA-CWA is the only flight attendant union that solely represents flight attendants’ concerns within the AFL-CIO, the 13-million-member American labor federation.
AFA-CWA shares information and strategies, working in solidarity with flight attendant unions around the world through the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).
The Association of Flight Attendants – CWA (AFA-CWA) was founded in 1945 as a democratic member driven union. AFA-CWA’s mission is to unite all professional flight attendants in order to achieve fair compensation, job security, seniority protections, and improved quality of life through organizing, bargaining and political action while serving as the leading voice for a safe, healthy and secure aircraft cabin for passengers and crew alike.
It is a core value of AFA-CWA to promote economic and social justice for all workers through education and action. We are committed to the broadest employment of our members regardless of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
AFA-CWA will continue to preserve and build upon the proud history of our struggles and accomplishments.