US Airways Flight Attendants Narrowly Vote Against Tentative Agreement

Washington, DC – US Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), voted 51 percent against a tentative agreement to combine the contracts of pre-merger America West and US Airways. Voter participation was 85 percent.

"While the tentative agreement contained pay increases and job protections for all Flight Attendants, our flying partners today declared management didn’t dig deep enough.  For too long, Flight Attendants have subsidized the cost of the merger and management has failed to adequately address these concerns," said Deborah Volpe, AFA pre-merger America West President and Roger Holmin, AFA pre-merger US Airways President.

According to the negotiations process, the National Mediation Board (NMB) will retain oversight under Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act. US Airways Flight Attendants who serve as elected AFA leaders will meet to review options for moving forward. 

"We are committed to improving our future and will do whatever it takes to ensure that US Airways Flight Attendants have an industry-leading contract that reflects our professionalism and dedication to the airline," added Volpe and Holmin.

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