|FLIGHT ATTENDANT DAY OF
In the first of a wave
action, US Airways flight attendants demonstrated system wide over the glacial
pace of merged contract negotiations. Over 600 US Airways flight attendants
demonstrated at the company’s four crew bases in Charlotte, Philadelphia,
Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
The flight attendants’
message was united and clear:
Attendants deserve a contract that acknowledges our profession and the
sacrifices we had made over the past decade to keep the airline solvent and
- It was over five
years ago that US Airways merged with America West and yet today, the company is
still treating us as two separate groups with two different pay scales.
- US Airways
reported the second highest profit in the Company’s history in 2010 – over $500
million. Management continues to receive bonuses yet expects flight attendants
to work for 1996 wages.
Pre-merger US Airways
flight attendants sacrificed over $150 million in wages and benefits as the
result of two bankruptcies in the last 10 years while pre-merger West flight
attendants have not had a pay raise since 2002.
Shortly before 11 am
Phoenix time, during the picketing event, the Company reacted to the show of
solidarity by issuing a communication to other US Airways employees. The
communication made efforts to assure other employees that “today’s event was an
informational exercise only.”
In addition, the
communication stated that, “Our
latest contract proposal to the AFA, made on Jan. 25, would increase our flight
attendant costs (including both pay and benefits) by $40 million a year, which
would be an increase of 9 to 10 percent in the company’s total spending on
flight attendants.” Yet nowhere in the communication was the fact that the $40
million a year increase was solely management’s merger costs to bring all flight
attendants to the same pay scales, a result that has been expected for more than
CEO Doug Parker held a Flight Attendant Crew News that was attended by over 120
flight attendants immediately following the picket. Flight attendants voiced
their frustration and disappointment with management’s proposals that gutted
healthcare; with the slow pace of negotiations; and with management’s recently
announced Annual Incentive Program which pays executives lump sum cash
distributions at the end of the year if labor costs are kept in check.
SEC Filing 1-21-11 2011 Annual Incentive Program
The town hall
ended with angered flight attendants walking out of the meeting.
a Crew News session Charlotte, President Scott Kirby faced difficult questions
regarding negotiations and management bonuses from East flight attendants. His
answers did nothing to appease flight attendant concerns.
It is time for management
to live up to its claim of wanting a merged flight attendant workforce and
reward the flight attendants at US Airways for their sacrifices and loyalty as
safety professionals dedicated to the passengers we serve on each and every
Today’s demonstration was
about raising awareness and unity. We will be organizing more events in the
coming weeks. AFA leaders will be meeting in Washington DC on Tuesday to
determine the next steps. All flight attendants are unified in achieving a fair
contract that addresses the needs all all flight attendants at US Airways.
The Joint Negotiating