US Airways Flight Attendants Ratify Contract
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2013
Sets Strong Position for Flight Attendants in Merger with American Airlines
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --US Airways Flight
Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA),
today ratified a single contract with double-digit pay increases,
industry-leading job protections and work rules, and a seat at the table as
full partners in the merger with American Airlines. The contract, reached with
the assistance of the National Mediation Board, sets the stage for additional
improvements, uniting both groups under one agreement and positioning Flight
Attendants for future improvements. With an overwhelming number of Flight
Attendants participating, the contract was ratified by 80 percent.
"Today, we move forward as one. US Airways Flight Attendants stood strong and
secured strong economic improvements and job protections. Together, we are
well positioned to advance as key partners in the merger with American
Airlines and will continue our work to further improve wages, benefits and
work rules for all Flight Attendants at the new American," said AFA US Airways
Presidents Roger Holmin and Deborah Volpe.
The contract requires four-party discussions with management from American and
US Airways, along with American Airlines' Flight Attendant representative, the
Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). These discussions will
develop a framework for integrating the two Flight Attendant groups, including
contracts – and protections that would apply until integration takes place.
"Through determination and perseverance, US Airways Flight Attendants are well
positioned for negotiating additional improvements in the upcoming merger. We
are ready to work with our flying partners at American Airlines to raise the
bar for our profession and collaborate on issues that matter to Flight
Attendants. As full partners in the process, US Airways Flight Attendants will
play a key role in creating the world's largest airline. AFA's extensive
merger experience will help ensure that US Airways Flight Attendants retain a
strong voice through this process and all Flight Attendants will benefit
through unity," Holmin and Volpe concluded.
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, 202-434-0586
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