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Flight Attendant Union Leaders Discuss Merger

Date: June 9, 2005

America West and US Airways flight attendant union leaders hold first merger session

Washington, D.C. - Flight attendant union leaders from America West Airlines and US Airways held their first joint merger session Wednesday, June 8 in Washington, DC.  The Association of FlightAttendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) represents both flight attendant groups.

AFA-CWA International President Patricia Friend organized the meeting,which is mandated by the union's Constitution and Bylaws.  The purpose of the meeting is to orient both sides on the union's merger policy, which governs contract rules and seniority issues.

"The America West/US Airways merger will provide long-term job securityfor flight attendants at both airlines.  This merger involves thecomplex task of integrating two flight attendant seniority lists andnegotiating a merged contract," said Friend.   "This meeting brought the two parties together to initiate that process."

"Both sides agree that negotiating fence agreements in order to protectflight attendants at each base is an initial and necessary step," said Bill McGlashen, AFA America West Master Executive Council President.  "Fence agreements put up an imaginary fence aroundeach base and effectively say that all known flying conducted in thatbase shall be done by flight attendants already in that base for aperiod of time."

Seniority is a sensitive issue in the airline industry because itgoverns a flight attendant's monthly schedule including the holidays they have off, which aircraft they work, and the types of flights theystaff.

"The two sides have met and now have a clear picture of how we willmake this merger work," said Teddy Xidas, AFA US Airways Master Executive Council President.  "We are all aware of the timelines ahead and are looking forward to working with each other."

75 Years of Safety & Service: 60 Years of Unity
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the flight attendant professionand the 60th anniversary of the Association of Flight Attendants. More than 46,000 flight attendants, join together to form AFA-CWA, theworld's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visitus at www.afanet.org.

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