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US Airways Flight Attendants' Decision on Concessionary Negotiations Still Pending

Date: May 26, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Airways Master Executive Council of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO has not reached a decision on whether to engage in a third round of concessionary negotiations with the airline. That decision has been deferred while the union's outside financial advisors analyze US Airways' financial documents and transition plan.

In April, AFA conducted a membership poll that showed that 83 percent of the US Airways flight attendants polled believed the union should not engage in negotiations until AFA has received a complete proposal from the company, along with a detailed business plan and management's level of participation in concessions.  

"AFA does not believe the majority of flight attendants at US Airways are of the same opinion as those based in Pittsburgh, and the overall poll results clearly show that to be the case," said AFA US Airways MEC President Perry Hayes. "The results of the poll posted on the Pittsburgh local council website are significantly different from the results in the other bases. By only looking at one segment of the numbers, it's easy to provide an inaccurate snapshot of the feelings of the US Airways flight attendants as a whole."

Recent articles have incorrectly characterized information posted on the Pittsburgh local council's website as the official position of the MEC. Hayes is the spokesperson for AFA at US Airways and any comments made by another individual, including local presidents, are an expression of that individual's opinion and not necessarily reflective of the MEC's decisions.

More than 45,000 flight attendants, including the 5,200 flight attendants 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.

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