US AIRWAYS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AUTHORIZE STRIKE, UNION SAYS

     (The following press release from the Association of Flight Attendants was 
received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.) 
US AIRWAYS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS Authorize STRIKE  
Washington, DC –US Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of 
Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today voted 94 percent for strike authorization.  
Flight Attendants are calling on management to finish the US Airways/America 
West merger with a single contract for all US Airways Flight Attendants. Today 
AFA members made clear what they are willing to do to push management to 
negotiate a contract that can be ratified. 
“US Airways Flight Attendants are determined to do whatever it takes to get our 
long overdue contract,” stated Roger Holmin and Deborah Volpe, presidents for 
AFA representing Flight Attendants for pre-merger US Airways and America West, 
respectively. “Parker and his team of negotiators have failed to address the 
issues that Flight Attendants believe are paramount for a single contract. 
Seven years after the supposed merger of America West and US Airways this 
management hasn’t gotten it done.  That means pre-merger America West and US 
Airways Flight Attendants still don’t work together.  We may not fly together, 
but today we’ve made clear that we will walk out together if Parker pushes this 
to a strike deadline.”  
“We don’t want to strike.  We want to work for a successful airline – but the 
airline will never be successful when its frontline workers are hurting.  
Profits are soaring but Flight Attendants still shoulder the sacrifices forced 
through bankruptcy a decade ago as well as disparate, industry-low pay of a 
first contract from 1999.  It’s a black eye for US Airways and no foundation 
for a new marriage with American.  Parker knows exactly what needs to be done 
in order to reach an agreement Flight Attendants can ratify.  And today he also 
knows it could be CHAOS™ without finishing what he started with our merger 
first.  Contract now,” said Holmin and Volpe. 
If US Airways management fails to reach an agreement and the parties are 
released from mediation the National Mediation Board would start a 30-day 
cooling-off period. If no agreement is reached during the cooling-off period US 
Airways Flight Attendants would utilize AFA’s trademarked CHAOS tactics to 
strike. CHAOS stands for Create Havoc Around Our System™ and includes 
intermittent strikes, targeted and called without warning to management or the 
traveling public.  
Negotiations are under the jurisdiction of the National Mediation Board.  AFA 
is prepared to return to negotiations with a focused proposal that meets the 
primary concerns of Flight Attendants.  The economic improvements Flight 
Attendants expect are commensurate with their long-term contributions and 
dedication to US Airways. 
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant 
union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader 
in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 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 60,000 Flight 
Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong 
Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.ourafa.org. 
Corey Caldwell
AFA Communications
202-434-0586 (w)
202-550-5520 (c) 
(rml) NY
 
 
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