Flight Attendant Union Calls for Strike Vote
August 4, 2011
Washington, DC – PSA Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are gearing up for a possible strike at the carrier after mediated negotiations with management recently stalled over compensation. Strike vote ballots will be sent to the over 300 Flight Attendants next week with a vote count scheduled for September 14. PSA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, Inc. and operates as a US Airways Express carrier.
“PSA Flight Attendants have made great contributions to the success of our carrier and are a key component to the overall success of US Airways. It is time that our contributions and our meaningful role as first responders are recognized. PSA Flight Attendants will not stand for anything less and management must be prepared for CHAOS™ as a result of their disrespectful negotiations,” said L.C. Acor, AFA PSA Vice President.
Throughout negotiations, AFA has continued to address Flight Attendant concerns while management makes regressive proposals. This lack of progress could lead to the National Mediation Board (NMB) declaring that negotiations are deadlocked and releasing both parties into a 30-day “cooling off” period leading to a strike deadline. AFA has a trademarked strike strategy known as CHAOS or Create Havoc Around Our System™. With CHAOS, a strike could affect the entire system or a single flight. The union decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.
“After many years of financial difficulties, US Airways has returned to profitability and Flight Attendants at all US Airways carriers should share in that success. PSA Flight Attendants are committed to reaching a new, improved agreement and will do what it takes to ensure we get a contract. We are prepared to take action since this management team refuses to negotiate in good faith,” added Acor.
PSA Airlines, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, operates as a US Airways Express carrier. Flying to over 62 destinations, PSA has 330 daily departures, 132 out of Charlotte, NC. Additionally, PSA has 119 weekly departures out of Dayton, OH; 119 out of Philadelphia, PA; and 112 from Washington, DC.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants at 23 airlines come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.