(The following press release from the Association of Flight Attendants was
received by e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified the statement.)
For Immediate Release
*US AIRWAYS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS TO VOTE ON SINGLE CONTRACT*
*Agreement Would Extend Industry-Leading Job Protections, Increase Pay and
Set Stage for New Merger*
*Washington, DC* – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) today
reached a tentative agreement with US Airways management for a contract
covering all US Airways mainline Flight Attendants. The tentative
agreement, reached under the supervision of the National Mediation Board
(NMB), would allow for immediate economic improvements and provide all US
Airways Flight Attendants with the strongest position possible for any
discussions related to the next merger. AFA was steadfast that any
agreement recognize the contributions of US Airways Flight Attendants and
provide the opportunity to work as partners in a potential merger.
"This agreement provides US Airways Flight Attendants with a strong
position for our future. We secured immediate improvements as well as a
process for additional gains through discussions related to the pending
merger. Doug Parker’s plan for a US Airways/American merger provides the
best opportunities for US Airways Flight Attendants - and we are now poised
to make the most out of those opportunities,” said AFA US Airways
Presidents Roger Holmin and Deborah Volpe. "We are incredibly grateful for
the leadership of the National Mediation Board and especially the skilled
oversight of Board Member Puchala and Mediator Mackenzie."
The AFA Joint Negotiating Committee and elected Flight Attendant leaders
unanimously endorse ratification of the agreement. A ratification schedule
will be set and announced tomorrow.
*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 over 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 at 20 airlines, including
6,800 members at US Airways, 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.*
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434-0586
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