Frustrated US Airways Flight Attendants to Picket Airports Across the Country This Thursday
Nationwide Day of Action Highlights Management's Failure to Negotiate a Merged Contract
WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- US Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), will conduct a nationwide protest over the failure of US Airways management to negotiate a merged Flight Attendant contract. After five years of protracted contract negotiations and the announcement of US Airways' second biggest profit in the airline's history, Flight Attendants are united in their effort to reach a fair contract that reflects the sacrifices they made for the success of the airline.
Last week, the AFA Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) broke off talks after US Airways management presented a proposal that contained concessions in healthcare and sick benefits, gutted scope and merger protections for Flight Attendants, and contained no meaningful wage increases. AFA wants to reach a merged agreement but management has failed to provide the financial resources necessary to do so.
LOCATIONS ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Charlotte Douglas Airport (CLT)- 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST - Outside, Departures, Upper Level US Airways
Washington National Airport (DCA) - 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST - Outside, Departures, US Airways
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) - 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST - Outside Concourse A West
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. MST – Level 2 North Curb West End
In the first of a series of events, AFA is holding a system-wide Day of Action on February 17, in all Flight Attendant bases, to show management and the public that Flight Attendants are united in their effort to reach a fair merged contract. Tempe-based America West Airlines merged with US Airways in September 2005 and the Flight Attendants have been in merged contract negotiations since January 2006.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For local contacts, please call Corey Caldwell at 202-434-0586.
For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 21 airlines come together to form AFA, the world's largest Flight Attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.
SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)