Jan 31, 2013
AFA-CWA reached a tentative agreement with US Airways management for a contract covering all US Airways mainline Flight Attendants, about 7,500. The tentative agreement, reached under the supervision of the National Mediation Board (NMB), calls for immediate economic improvements and would provide all US Airways Flight Attendants with the strongest position possible for any discussions related to the next merger.
"This agreement provides US Airways Flight Attendants with a strong position for our future. We secured immediate improvements as well as a process for additional gains through discussions related to the pending merger. Doug Parker’s plan for a US Airways/American merger provides the best opportunities for US Airways Flight Attendants - and we are now poised to make the most out of those opportunities,” said AFA-CWA US Airways Presidents Roger Holmin and Deborah Volpe. "We are incredibly grateful for the leadership of the National Mediation Board and especially the skilled oversight of Board Member Puchala and Mediator Mackenzie."
The tentative agreement was unanimously endorsed by the AFA Joint Negotiating Committee and elected Flight Attendant leaders. AFA-CWA will hold “roadshows,” or informational meetings, at all four bases: Phoenix, Washington National, Charlotte and Philadelphia. Voting begins on Feb. 7 and closes on Feb. 28.
This AFA-CWA video has more information on the tentative agreement.
Meanwhile, the merger between US Airways and bankrupt American Airlines will likely be finalized and announced very soon, according to AP reports: Pieces falling into place for American-US Airways merger.
Together the two carries would have nearly 100,000 employees, 1,500 aircraft and $38.7 billion in revenue, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It would become one of the world’s largest airlines.