US Airways Flight Attendants Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract

Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:56pm EST

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Passage includes support for the merger of US Airways and American Airlines
TEMPE, Ariz.,  Feb. 28, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- US Airways (NYSE: LCC) flight
attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants -  CWA (AFA),
ratified a new contract today that provides immediate pay increases and includes
support for the merger of US  Airways and American Airlines. The new contract
opens four-party negotiations with American's flight attendant union and airline
representatives, an initial step in reaching a combined collective bargaining
agreement. Eighty percent of flight attendants voting approved the agreement,
which covers the airline's 6,800 flight attendants who are based in US Airways'
four hub cities of  Phoenix,  Philadelphia,  Charlotte, N.C., and  Washington,


"We are very pleased that our flight attendants have ratifiedthis new contract.
I want to recognize our AFA leadership team at US Airways, especially  Roger
Holmin  and  Deborah Volpe, for theirhard work and perseverance on behalf of US
Airways' flight attendants," said  Doug Parker, US Airways' chairman and CEO.
"We would also like to express our appreciation to the National Mediation Board,
Board Member Linda Puchala and Mediator Jim Mackenzie for their assistance in
reaching this agreement."

Following ratification today, the new contract specifies negotiations to begin
within thirty days between airline officials at US Airways and American
Airlines, AFA and the union representing American Airlines flight attendants,
the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). The talks would
establish protocols for reaching a combined collective bargaining agreement once
the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, announced on  Feb. 14, is
closed. The merger is expected to close by the third quarter of this year
following regulatory agency and bankruptcy court approvals.  

"This merger will create a stronger company, with the path to improved
compensation and benefits and greater long-term opportunities for all our
employees.  We are grateful to have the support of both companies' unions and
thank them and their leaders for their hard work and vision. With today's
ratification our flight attendants start the process to become one team and one
great new airline," said Parker.

About US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more
than 3,000 flights per day and serves 198 communities in the U.S.,  Canada, 
Mexico,  Europe, the  Middle East, the  Caribbean, Central and  South America.
The airline employs more than 32,000 aviation professionals worldwide, operates
the world's largest fleet of Airbus aircraft and is a member of the Star
Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 21,900 daily flights to
1,329 airports in 194 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners,
the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates
hubs in  Charlotte, N.C.,  Philadelphia,  Phoenix  and  Washington, D.C. 
Aviation Week and Overhaul & Maintenance magazine presented US Airways with the
2012 Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of the Year Award for
demonstrating outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical
operations. Military Times Edge magazine named US Airways as a Best of Vets
employer in 2011 and 2012. US Airways was, for the third year in a row, the only
airline included as one of the 50 best companies to work for in the U.S. by
LATINA Style magazine's 50 Report. The airline also earned a 100 percent rating
on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index for six consecutive years.
The Corporate Equality index is a leading indicator of companies' attitudes and
policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and customers.
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