Labor Problems Still Unresolved On Two Year Anniversary Of Us Airways Merger
September 26, 2007
PHOENIX AZ - This Thursday, September 27, marks the two year anniversary of the merger between America West Airlines and US Airways, yet flight attendants see no reason to celebrate. Single contract talks between management and flight attendants have dragged on for over 19 months with simple non-economic issues unresolved. Both groups of flight attendants are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA). A single working agreement between US Airways and America West flight attendant groups is necessary for the operational merger to be complete.
"Flight attendants have reached their limit in the level of frustration with management over the status of contract negotiations, as well as the operational and service failures that have disrupted the travel plans of thousands of US Airways passengers over the summer," said Gary Richardson, America West, AFA-CWA President.
"Since the financial merger of the two carriers was consummated, US Airways has racked up nearly a billion dollars in profit, and yet management refuses any meaningful improvements to wages or benefits for flight attendants," said Mike Flores, US Airways, AFA-CWA President. "The virtual merger and profits all continue to be the result of employee concessions and give backs and now is the time to recognize those sacrifices at the bargaining table."
Flight attendants at America West have not seen raises or workplace improvements 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.
On October 16, flight attendants from twenty AFA-CWA carriers across the nation and the world will descend on Phoenix, for informational picketing and protest activities in a mass demonstration of solidarity and support for flight attendants at US Airways.
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.