Flight Attendants At US Airways Reach Tentative Agreement For Merged Contract

If Ratified, Contract Unites 6,700 US Airways & Former America West Flight Attendants

Phoenix – Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) union negotiators representing Flight Attendants working for the merged US Airways and former America West Airlines announced agreement on a single, combined contract late last night.  The AFA presidents of each pre-merger airline, Mike Flores, representing pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants and Deborah Volpe, representing pre-merger America West Flight Attendants, issued the following joint statement:

“This is about moving forward.  These negotiations have been arduous, frustrating and far too long.  The process began in the midst of an industry restructuring and on the cusp of this new consolidation era.  Until we gained the right to federal mediation with oversight by the National Mediation Board, management did not take our members seriously.  Now, they do.  We have been focused on reaching an agreement that recognizes the contributions of Flight Attendants to the success of the airline and getting that agreement in the hands of members for their consideration.  And now, we will.

“The details of the agreement will not be released until our Flight Attendant leadership conducts a full review and presents the agreement for membership ratification.  All 6,700 Flight Attendants would then have the opportunity to vote on whether to ratify the tentative agreement.”

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.

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