(The following press release from Association of Flight Attendants was
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US Airways Flight Attendants Ratify Contract
Sets Strong Position for Flight Attendants in Merger with American
Washington, DC – 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 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.*
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