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US Airways Flight Attendants Authorize Strike

Date: December 13, 2004

CHAOS™ Threatened if Contract is Abrogated

WASHINGTON -Flight attendants at US Airways overwhelmingly authorized their union to engage in CHAOStm strike-related activities should a federal bankruptcy court permit management to abrogate its collective bargaining agreement with its employees.

"Our sisters and brothers have given voice to a clear and unmistakable message: 'Enough is enough,'" said Pat Friend, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. "We will not stand by while our employers destroy our careers in a desperate attempt to cover for their own mistakes."

Friend noted that by seeking to scrap its legally binding contract, terminate its pension plan, cut retiree health benefits and impose intolerable wage cuts and work rule changes, US Airways is forcing its employees to mobilize for CHAOS (Create Havoc Around Our System), AFA's trademarked tactic of surprise, intermittent strikes on flights, dates and locations chosen solely at the union's discretion.

Tomorrow, flight attendants will join with hundreds of fellow workers and supporters from throughout the labor movement for an AFA-sponsored rally in Washington's Lafayette Park, in front of the White House, to protest corporate America's assault on their livelihoods, and to promote an economic agenda to save America's middle class. Similar rallies will be held at locations across the country.

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.  

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