US Airways Attendants Waiting on Financial Information

  US Airways flight attendants,
represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, received
a preliminary report from Dan Akins, the union’s financial consultant,
concerning the US Airways’ financial status and transition plan. The full
report was put on hold because the airline has failed to provide key
pieces of financial information to the union’s expert.
“We were expecting US Airways to fully cooperate with our financial
analyst and turn over all the necessary documents promptly,” said AFA US
Airways Master Executive Council President Perry Hayes. “Unfortunately,
Mr. Akins was unable to give the flight attendant leadership the kind of
detailed information we need to consider a third round of concessionary
negotiations. We fully expect that US Airways management will immediately
provide our analyst with the necessary documentation to complete his work.”

Also during today’s meeting, the flight attendant leadership unanimously
passed a resolution to take immediate steps to complete the analysis of
the airline’s business plan and begin preparing an AFA term sheet
analyzing cost items in the current flight attendant contract to prepare
for possible negotiations with the company. The full text of the
resolution appears at the end of this release.

“This resolution is not a decision on whether to engage in negotiations,”
Hayes said. “However, the flight attendant leadership recognizes the need
to be prepared whether or not we ultimately decide to begin formal talks
with the company.”

At the end of May, US Airways presented the flight attendant leadership
with pieces of the airline’s transition plan. Following that meeting, AFA
hired Akins to examine the company’s financial documents and evaluate the
legitimacy of the company’s target of $116 million in concessions. In two
rounds of concessionary negotiations in 2002, US Airways flight attendants
contributed approximately $649 million in cost savings to the airline
through 2008.

More than 45,000 flight attendants, including the 5,200 flight attendants
at US Airways, join together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight
attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications
Workers of America, AFL-CIO.

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AFA US Airways MEC resolution:

Whereas, the AFA US Airways MEC recognizes the company’s financial
situation, and,

Whereas, the US Airways flight attendants have made major and difficult
contributions to help put our airline on track for a return to
profitability, and,

Whereas, we are committed to the successful transformation of our airline
as a means to preserve and improve our careers, and,

Whereas, any transformation of our airline should address flight attendant
issues such as reserve, sick leave, outstanding grievances, early
retirement/buyout, and other priority items,

Therefore, be it resolved that AFA’s Negotiating Committee, along with our
legal and financial advisors, take immediate steps to complete the
analysis of the company’s business plan and financial data, and,

Be it further resolved that AFA’s Negotiating Committee, along with our
legal and financial advisors, commence preparation of a preliminary AFA
term sheet by analyzing cost items in our current contract so that we are
prepared for any negotiations that may take place, and,

Be it finally resolved, in any discussions in connection with the
company’s transformation plan, our Negotiating Committee will start any
such discussions with solutions to flight attendant issues that would
benefit the flight attendant group in connection with any possible
agreement.

Let it be noted that should we engage in negotiations with the company,
any resulting agreement would have to be ratified by the membership.
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