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US Airways Flight Attendants Protest  
User currently offlineWsan581 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 178 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

US Airways flight attendants are expected to join picket lines at several airports around the country on Tuesday, protesting slow-moving contract talks. US Airways attendants claimed they sacrificed wage cuts, health care, and vacation to ensure the survival of the airline and make last year's merger with America West possible. Both America West and US Airways flight attendants say they are the lowest paid in their industry.

http://pittsburgh.bizjournals.com/pi...rgh/stories/2006/10/30/daily6.html


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User currently offlinePositiverate From United States of America, joined May 2005, 1590 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4610 times:

In an e-mail, a spokesperson wrote, "The informational picketing going on today is just that. No work slow downs or stoppages are taking place. Our professional flight attendants do an excellent job of taking care of our customers and we look forward to negotiating with them in good faith. "

So long as they don't slow down the schedule, more power to them.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12104 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4584 times:
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I think this is going to be a sign of the times as many employee groups gave up to save said airlines and now that times are good they want it back!


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4057 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4446 times:

They aren't protesting their low pay and benefits, they are upset at not having a contract yet. Which they have every right to be. We are in the same boat, it takes incredibly long to make the slightest headway.

User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3105 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4300 times:

Courtesy: WCNC-TV

USAirways Flight Attendants Protest Wages

http://www.wcnc.com/news/topstories/...-103106-flight_attend.351eaa1.html

Video Report:

http://www.wcnc.com/sharedcontent/Vi...deoPlayer.php?vidId=98337&catId=69


User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4267 times:

They compare their salaries to those at Southwest.

Southwest flight attendants are the highest paid in the U.S.

I had the chance to go with them when Eastern shutdown. Instead I chose "glamorous" Delta. Flying Jimbo to El Paso and Billy Bob to Amarillo and back all day long didn't interest me in the least. I just retired, but their most senior emloyees could earn almost twice what I could earn.

grrrrr.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineMrPIBB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):
I just retired

You're so young! Did you get an early retirement package of some kind or do you mean that you just left the profession?


User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4060 times:

I am too young to retire with benefits but have enough years of service to qualify for the full retirement package in 9 years. I'll have a few benefits during this first 9 year period. No package deal. We're in bankruptcy, there are no packages at the moment.

I flew from the age of 20, two weeks before my 21st birthday until November 1st. I can't take it anymore. My posts in this forum reflected my hostility toward my management, my co-workers and my customers. It was time I step away.

If all else fails, I can go work in my brother's tire store in Phoenix. Quite a change for a multi-lingual, globetrotting customer service person. But I know tires too, so i imagine i'll handle the job just fine . I will probably do some interpreting work from home as well. My kids are grown and the house is paid for so i'm in a much better position than the vast majority of my co-workers.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

It's sad for me to hear about things like this. I can understand their frustrations however...they do need a solid contract. The company is adamant about not increasing costs more than what they will anyway. It's hard for the us CSA group to say much since on the west side we are getting SIGNIFICANT raises. I've yet to hear anyone use us as an example...but that's good because we were severely underpaid to begin with.

Hopefully things will work out ok.


User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

I wish them the best and would like to see a nice contract. The employees gave up a lot to save U.S. Airways; personally, I thought they were going to fail. I've seldom been more happy to have been proven wrong!

Has there been any progress on the integration of the seniority lists between the former U.S. Airways pilots and the former America West pilots?



"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3931 times:

Quoting Lumberton (Reply 9):
Has there been any progress on the integration of the seniority lists between the former U.S. Airways pilots and the former America West pilots?

Not that I'm aware of...they were thinking it would take a while. I know Doug said they were prepared to run the airline with 2 separate contracts...which isn't good, but is doable.


User currently offlineAdh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3876 times:

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 2):
now that times are good they want it back!

What are you talking about? Yes many of the airlines made money last quarter. If you take all of that money and spread it across all of the union employees each will get about $20. The airlines are still just marginally profitable and until they figure our how to run a plane without oil this will continue.


User currently offlineGift4tbone From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 612 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3832 times:

Quoting Flyboyaz (Reply 10):
Not that I'm aware of...they were thinking it would take a while. I know Doug said they were prepared to run the airline with 2 separate contracts...which isn't good, but is doable.

Last week at the 'State of the Airline' that was a huge issue pilots kept bringing up to Doug, and he said he did not want to run the airline with two contracts, but he never said anything concrete about what he is doing to fix the problem. In fact he didn't mention anything factual at all, about any of the labor groups, for a unified contract. I don't know when he's going to step up to the plate, and get the ball rollin.

It seems the FAs are ready for it, and I don't blame them. Hopefully they will light a fire under Doug's _ _ _. And he will begin significant efforts to have only one contract for every employee group.

-Tony@PVD



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