Strike Ballots Go Out at US Airways
November 26, 2004
CHAOS™ Promised if Contract is Scrapped
WASHINGTON - Following up on its threat to launch a nationwide strike in the event that one of its contracted airlines abrogates its collective bargaining agreement, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA today mailed out more than 5,000 strike authorization ballots to its members employed by US Airways.
"This is a wakeup call to those in airline management whose greed has far outpaced its carrier's need," declared Patricia Friend, AFA international president. "Flight attendants will not passively stand by while their employers manipulate the courts to destroy our livelihoods. Enough is enough."
Two of the nation's largest airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, have asked federal bankruptcy courts for permission to unilaterally tear up negotiated agreements with their workers, terminate their retirement plans and attack medical benefits for retirees. In response to this threat, the AFA Board of Directors last week approved a resolution calling for a strike should management engage in this form of "self-help." Such a job action would be in the form of CHAOS TM (Create Havoc Around Our System), AFA's trademarked tactic of surprise work stoppages on flights, dates and locations of its choosing.
Talks between AFA and US Airways aimed at reaching a consensual agreement took place this past week and are continuing over the weekend.
Ballots are being prepared for United Airlines, ATA and Hawaiian as well. In the event of a strike, secondary activity may take place at other carriers.
More than 46,000 flight attendants 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.