US Airways Tentative Agreement Not
Flight Attendants at the combined US Airways have voted to reject ratification
of the Tentative Agreement. The vote was 1457 in favor and 4375 against, with 90%
of Flight Attendants participating. After reviewing the Tentative Agreement,
numerous informational e-lines, and attending Roadshows a majority of Flight
Attendants determined to fight for a better offer. Now that the decision has
been made, we call on all US Airways Flight Attendants to join together to push
for an improved offer from the company.
The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and the Master Executives Councils (MECs)
both East and West will meet shortly to map out a strategy moving forward. A
survey will be prepared and disseminated to Flight Attendants to guide the MEC
in formulating future proposals. Based on the results of the survey, we will
determine what changes to the Tentative Agreement to propose to the company.
AFA will push to get back to the table as soon as possible and demand the
company present an improved financial offer which respects the contributions of
all US Airways Flight Attendants to the success of this company.
Contract negotiations will remain in mediation and under the control of the
National Mediation Board. Any future meeting schedules will be controlled by the
NMB mediator. Existing collecting bargaining agreements (East and West) remain
in place until a new tentative agreement is negotiated by the JNC and ratified
by the membership. Under the Railway Labor Act, Flight Attendants are not
legally free to strike until released to strike by the National Mediation Board
following a thirty day cooling off period.
We encourage all Flight Attendants, whether you voted for or against the
Tentative Agreement, to pull together and focus on pressuring the Company to
agree to a revised agreement. We may retain two separate contracts, but we must
speak as one.
Joint Negotiating Committee