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Hundreds of Flight Attendants To Gather In Phoenix For Unprecedented Rally

Date: October 10, 2007

WHAT: Hundreds of flight attendants from 20 AFA-CWA carriers will rally at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to support their fellow flight attendants at US Airways and Mesa Airlines in their fight for fair contracts.

WHERE:   Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Terminal 4 - Barry Goldwater Terminal - Level 2, North side -West End

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 16, 2007

TIME:   12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Flight attendants at Mesa Airlines and America West/US Airways, both in the middle of negotiations, will rally to demand contract improvements. With the support of hundreds of their fellow flight attendants from 20 carriers, all represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), Mesa and US Airways flight attendants will send a strong, resounding message to management that it is time to move negotiations forward and agree to fair contracts at Mesa Airlines and America West/US Airways. 

After years of concessionary agreements and stalling by management, flight attendants across the industry have had enough and are ready to fight back.   Now they are coming together in a show of unity and strength.

Due to Mesa’s poverty level wages, flight attendant turnover at the airline is skyrocketing, only adding to the airline’s operational problems. However, while management should be focused on retaining employees and providing them with a living wage, Mesa management is taking company profits and sending them to China where they are in the process of building a new foreign airline. For over a year, while the company has been making money, management continues to try and force the flight attendants into accepting a concessionary agreement similar to those seen during the bankruptcy process.

At the newly merged US Airways, flight attendants are demanding contract improvements.  Flight attendants from America West (US Airways West) have not seen a pay increase in over four years. US Airways flight attendants continue to work under a concessionary agreement put in place during the last bankruptcy, which eroded pay scales, terminated pensions and slashed benefits. Passengers have been exposed to poor operations, short staffing, delays, and merger related system failures. Yet while employee and passenger relations continue to decline, US Airways management has reaped millions in bonuses.

In addition to Mesa and US Airways flight attendants, there will be over 200 flight attendants from carriers across the country, as well as local political and labor officials. Remarks will be given by AFA-CWA International President Pat Friend at 12:15 p.m.

AFA-CWA flight attendants will be available for media interviews. For additional information and on-site contact, please call Corey Caldwell at 202-550-5520.

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