This is the first in a series of Elines that
will continue through the negotiation process.
As you know, the company presented AFA with a
Comprehensive Economic proposal on Tuesday. It
did not take much analysis on our part to
determine the proposal was inadequate - in every
The company proposed 1996 pay rates, further
concessions to the current East CBA that
included the elimination of the 100% and 90%
The company proposal is an insult. The company
based their proposal on a plan to force East
flight attendants to take further concessions in
order to fund West flight attendant pay parity.
West flight attendants should receive pay
parity. East flight attendants sacrificed in
order for this merger to exist. The company's
proposal does not recognize those sacrifices and
further devalues the East CBA.
As a result of the company's proposal, the East
AFA served the company with a notice of intent
to enter into Section 6 negotiations pursuant to
the East Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
The Railway Labor Act governs Section 6
negotiations. The process is very "legal" and
formal. An Eline next week will detail the
Section 6 process and the Union's intentions.
We have had enough. We will not accept any
concession. We will only ratify a contract that
improves our lives. If we cannot reach a merged
contract - and it appears that prospect is
dimming- we will use every avenue available to
us. Therefore we have invoked our right to
invoke the Section 6 provision.
The negotiating committee works your behalf. So
do the individual Local Council Presidents. The
Local Presidents are all in agreement with the
direction of the Joint Negations Committee.
We live in 2011, yet earn 1996 wages. According
to the company proposal, they want us to
continue working for 1996 wages for the next
half-decade. That will not happen.
There is no need to tell you what things cost in
1996 versus today's costs. We have lived it. The
price of everything has increased. Our wages
have not. And, the company does not want to
increase our wages. While the cost of fuel is
constantly cited as a reason for beating up on
employees, management wages and bonuses have
increased over the last 20 years.
The US Airways Board of Directors holds a
quarterly meeting in PHX. Labor representatives
are included in a two hour session. The meetings
are at the very expensive Scottsdale Ritz
Carlton. Valet parking is the only option. After
the meeting, everyone- management and Union
leaders stands around and waits for their
vehicle. While I wait for my rented PT Cruiser,
I watch senior executives get in their top of
the line Mercedes, Jaguars and BMWs- not a one
drove away in a 1996 model.
Last week, the same senior executives told AFA
negotiators the airline could not afford pay
increases above our current contract. They
claimed any increases above those levels would
endanger the company's stand - alone viability.
The very people, who interact, protect and serve
our revenue paying passengers have been told, in
order to survive and keep their jobs, must work
for 1996 wages.
Company executives tout US Airways is running a
good airline in terms of performance. YOU are
running a good airline. Obviously, it is a labor
of love as the money is not there for YOU.
Now, let's focus on what the company is saying.
In negotiations, The Union compares wages and
work rules to other carriers. The company has
refuted all Union comparisons and economic
proposals. While we will continue to fight for
industry standard and the next Eline will focus
on that comparison, let's take a look at
comparing US Airways to US Airways. The chart
below compares our 1996-2000 wages with the
1996 - 2000 Rates
1996 vs. company proposed
Figuring out the percentage difference between
1996 and the company proposal would be a waste
of key strokes. The bottom line is the company
proposal increases wages over a fifteen year
period by an average of 1.5% (I did figure it
A lot of you have written in the last 24 hours
asking why the negotiating committee did not
just simply walk out of negotiations. A walk out
is the natural inclination. A walk out means the
company wins. No more negotiations and no more
This committee, this MEC, this membership will
not withdraw, will not quit, will not stop in
our quest to achieve the result we need. The
company would like nothing more than to not see
our faces in PHX.
The company has two flight attendant networks,
two flight attendants scheduling systems and two
flight attendant contracts. What this company
needs to realize is they are dealing with one,
unified and committed group of flight
attendants. Walking out is just what the company
wants. We are walking back in next Monday in PHX
with a commitment to all of you.
Mike Flores, President
The US Airways Master Executive Council
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