US Airways Flight Attendants Authorize Strike

14th Dec 2004

Flight attendants at US Airways
overwhelmingly authorized their union to engage in CHAOS(TM)
strike-related activities should a federal bankruptcy court permit
management to abrogate its collective bargaining agreement with its
employees. “Our sisters and brothers have given voice to a clear and unmistakable
message: ‘Enough is enough,’” said Pat Friend, international president of
the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “We will not stand by while our
employers destroy our careers in a desperate attempt to cover for their
own mistakes.”

Friend noted that by seeking to scrap its legally binding contract,
terminate its pension plan, cut retiree health benefits and impose
intolerable wage cuts and work rule changes, US Airways is forcing its
employees to mobilize for CHAOS (Create Havoc Around Our System), AFA’s
trademarked tactic of surprise, intermittent strikes on flights, dates and
locations chosen solely at the union’s discretion.

Tomorrow, flight attendants will join with hundreds of fellow workers and
supporters from throughout the labor movement for an AFA-sponsored rally
in Washington’s Lafayette Park, in front of the White House, to protest
corporate America’s assault on their livelihoods, and to promote an
economic agenda to save America’s middle class. Similar rallies will be
held at locations across the country.



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