Ladies and Gentlemen,
As you know, the Joint Negotiations Committee has been in negotiations with the
Company since last Tuesday. In previous communications from the JNC, the session
- under the guidance of the National Mediation Board - was scheduled in an
attempt to finally unite the East and West Flight Attendant work groups of US
Airways under one industry leading contract.
Prior to the start of the session, the NMB informed the Union and the company
this session would be the last scheduled session to reach that goal.
Both the Union and the company worked very hard this past week. Each day's
session did not end at 1700 as both parties worked long into each night.
At 0230 this morning, both parties were as close as possible to reaching an
agreement. As in most negotiations, closing the last remaining open issues are
the toughest for both parties. At the direction, of the NMB, the session has
been adjourned until Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
It is important to note, negotiations have not been recessed and will continue
on Tuesday. In light of the state of the industry, every clause and provision of
the agreement must be precise and - more importantly - result in an agreement
that meets the needs and welfare of our members.
The JNC has updated both Master Executive Councils this evening and will
continue negotiations on Tuesday.
Due to the sensitivity of the few remaining issues, the Mediator has imposed a
lock down on communication. We understand everyone's patience with this lengthy
process has been tested beyond reasonable limits.
After Tuesday's session, the JNC will update the Master Executive Councils in
detail and following that will report to you.