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US Airways Flight Attendants Tentatively Agree to More Cuts

Date: December 20, 2002

Washington, DC — US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, tentatively agreed to a proposal of more contract concessions in the face of management threats to shut down and liquidate the airline.

After difficult discussions with airline management over additional benefit and work rule cuts that management said were required to prevent the airline from filing for Chapter 7 liquidation, the AFA US Airways Master Executive Council agreed to send management’s final proposal to a vote of the flight attendants. Since liquidation of the airline would mean the total loss of jobs for US Airways employees, a majority of the MEC voted to recommend that flight attendants vote “FOR” the contract changes.

Balloting will be conducted electronically through a procedure that allows flight attendants to vote by telephone or internet. Votes will be counted on Jan. 10, 2003.

US Airways flight attendants ratified a package of changes to their contract in August that will save the airline $492.7 million over 6.5 years. Flight attendants will have the opportunity to review the terms of the additional tentative cuts before any details are released.

More than 50,000 flight attendants at 26 airlines, including 7,000 at US Airways, join together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. Visit us @ www.afausairways.org.

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