US Airways Flight Attendants Authorize Strike
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --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
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 Attendantsin 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 ofAmerica(CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.ourafa.org.
SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA)
Contact: Corey Caldwell of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA),
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