PSA Flight Attendants File for Federal Mediation

Jun 22, 2010, 09:43 ET from Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA)

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PSA Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), recently filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB). The filing, which came shortly after the first airline strike in five years at Spirit Airlines, is another example of the poor labor relations that airline management has created across the industry.

"After continued negotiations, little progress has been made and management continues to be disrespectful at the bargaining table," said Sheila Revis, AFA-CWA PSA President. "We can no longer afford to deal with a management team that refuses to negotiate in good faith. We are committed to reaching a new agreement that is acceptable for our members and look forward to having the NMB appoint a mediator who will help move negotiations in that direction."

AFA-CWA has met with management frequently since negotiations began in May 2009. While AFA-CWA has attempted to address flight attendant concerns, management continues to come to the table with regressive proposals. For over eight years, PSA flight attendants have been working under an agreement in which their work load has been drastically increased while their quality of life has suffered. In addition, PSA flight attendants' compensation is much less than their colleagues' at similar airlines.

AFA-CWA has requested a mediator in order to obtain management's active and statutorily required participation in the negotiations process. PSA Airlines is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways.

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SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA)