Your local officers have urged you to vote in favor
of our 2013 Flight Attendant Tentative Agreement and I want to add my
enthusiastic endorsement as well.
We have traveled the past months down a rocky path to
get to this place and have arrived in some uncharted waters as a union.
After our membership turned down two tentative
agreements in the past 12 months, the National Mediation Board gave us a final
opportunity in January: reach an agreement that US Airways Flight Attendants
would have the chance to vote on or we would go into an indefinite recess. The
NMB was direct and the message was brutal.
Deborah Volpe and I determined we had an obligation
to our colleagues to deliver the best possible agreement if we were to secure
our right to vote for our futures. But we were limited in items that we could
discuss with the company. We focused on a few areas and, after many hours of
battle back and forth, we obtained improvements that we were unable to get in
seat at the table for four-party negotiations in the event of a merger
$40,000 voluntary early out provision upon merger close
$1,700 ratification signing bonus, and
affirmed our rights under the law: there can be no changes to our contract
without our approval (all US Airways Flight Attendants) as long as we are
represented by AFA.
After working under a bankruptcy agreement since
2005, this is our final opportunity to improve our current working conditions
and pay rates in a single agreement for all of US. And just as importantly, this
agreement puts in place rules for future negotiations and sets the bar higher
for future improvements while maintaining the strongest scope and LPPs (labor
protection provisions) in the industry.
Voting will open Feb. 7 and close Feb. 28. Don't make
a decision based on misinformation or galley gossip. Get the facts and consider
the impact of this agreement on the whole.
We will hold a live webcast on Feb. 14. Please
forward your questions to ourafa.org or plan to attend one of our Roadshows Feb.
During the weeks of Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 I will be
visiting our bases and I will make myself available in the crew rooms.
As your colleague and MEC President, I encourage you
to put us in the strongest position possible for our future by ratifying this
agreement. Cast your vote FOR the 2013 Flight Attendant Tentative Agreement.
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