Progress Made in US Airways Talks
November 17, 2004
AFA Hopes to Achieve Pact Before Thanksgiving
PITTSBURGH - Modest progress was made yesterday in negotiations between the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and US Airways for achieving long-term cost savings at the troubled carrier.
"The company needs to resolve these negotiations quickly," insisted Perry Hayes, president of the AFA Master Executive Council at US Airways. "AFA wants US Airways to succeed, but the company's success cannot be on the backs of the flight attendants."
Hayes noted that the latest talks took place in the wake of a decision by the AFA Board of Directors to call for a nationwide strike should any contracted carrier abrogate an existing collective bargaining agreement, an action US Airways has asked a bankruptcy court to permit. The potential for a job action, combined with the December 2 scheduling of a hearing on management's request and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend creates an environment that may be conducive to more concrete and realistic discussions, Hayes said.
Negotiations have adjourned for the week, but are scheduled to resume early next week. The union hopes to reach an agreement before Thanksgiving.
More than 46,000 flight attendants, including 5,200 at US Airways, join together to form AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.