US Airways Flight Attendants To Stage Nationwide Halloween Protest
October 16, 2006
Picket Locations: Airports in Boston, Charlotte, New York LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC
Tempe, AZ – US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), will picket seven airports across the country on Halloween, October 31, 2006, to protest stagnant wages, sluggish contract negotiations and management's "nothing-for-workers" negotiating stance.
"Management's nothing-for-flight attendants negotiating stance is DOA at the bargaining table," said Gary Richardson and Mike Flores, AFA-CWA MEC Presidents at America West and US Airways. "Flight attendants at US Airways have experienced massive pay cuts since 2002. Over half of America West flight attendants have not had a raise since 2002, and those with one to ten years of service are among the lowest paid safety and service professionals in the industry," said Flores and Richardson.
Executives at US Airways who received millions in stock bonuses in the summer of 2006, have publicly stated that a merged flight attendant contract will contain no cost increases.
"It's been all treats for management in this merger and an empty bag for flight attendants," said Flores and Richardson. "In 2006, executives at US Airways awarded themselves two raises on top of pocketing millions in stock option payouts but continue to insist on no contract cost increases for flight attendants. This would mean cuts in certain contract sections for our members and that won't fly."
Negotiations to combine both union contracts started in February 2006. Only five sections, out of a possible 36 contract sections, have been agreed to by the parties. Several proposals have been tabled because management will not commit the resources to reach an agreement.
"Nine months into negotiations and management cannot make the hard decisions in the non-economic sections," added Richardson and Flores. "This foreshadows very scary struggles in the future over contract sections that mean the most to members, including compensation, vacations and scheduling."
Picketing times and airport locations will be released in the coming weeks pending airport authority permit approvals and will be contained in future press releases.
For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. More than 55,000 flight attendants at 20 airlines come together to form AFA-CWA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.