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US Airways Flight Attendants’ Statement on Management’s Nov. 26 Announcement

Date: November 26, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC— Perry Hayes, US Airways Master Executive Council President of the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, made this statement following US Airways announcement that it will seek further “work rule/benefit changes to complete restructuring.”

“After a meeting with US Airways CEO Dave Siegel on Nov. 5, 2002, the members of the AFA US Airways Master Executive Council met with representatives of management today to get an update on the bankruptcy process and our airline's current financial condition.

“Management's basic message was that the airline is not meeting the revenue projections that were in its application to the Air Transportation Stabilization Board for a $1 billion loan guarantee. Management said that revenue shortfall could be problematic if the trend continues.

“To make up the difference between its revenue projections and the shortfall, management suggested that it may come to the unions and ask for productivity improvements in labor contracts, but reiterated that it will not ask the bankruptcy court to make more cuts.

“Today’s announcement by US Airways management means they fully intend to move forward with asking us for more concessions. Our response today is the same as our response following the Nov. 5 meeting: the flight attendants will not consider the new financial crisis to be serious until management takes further wage and benefit cuts, extends those cuts through the term of the ATSB loan process (like the flight attendant concessions are), and management concludes negotiations over further cuts with the other labor groups on the property.

“American workers can’t continue to voluntarily suffer in order to prop up failing executives. Those executives need to share the pain at US Airways, if this airline is going to survive. Only time will tell if management is ready to make the same sacrifices it is asking from its workers to save the airline.

“To date, no new negotiations have been scheduled. Management has not said if it will deepen its share of the cuts. Management also has not said how many new flight attendant furloughs will result from the latest announcement.”

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