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US Airways Flight Attendants Picket At PHL As Negotiations Drag On

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As US Airways management and its flight attendants get ready to go to mediated contract talks next month, informational picketing by flight attendants was going on today at Philadelphia International Airport.

After five years of negotiating, the flight attendants say they want an industry-comparable contract.  Sticking points include salary and health benefits.

“Sure it’s a tough economy,” says Mike Flores, president of the US Airways chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants (at right in photo), “but the company came off of its second-highest profitmaking year ever last year, and it’s time to share the wealth.”

A spokeswoman for US Airways says the company understands the frustration among flight attendants over the amount of time it is taking to hammer out a deal but says the company shares in the frustration.

The first joint negotiation session is scheduled for May 16th.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • mike hunt


    Sanitation expert, maintenance engineer
    Garbage man, a janitor and you my dear
    A real union flight attendant, my oh my
    You ain’t nothin’ but a waitress in the sky………..
    You ain’t nothin’ but a waitress in the sky……………………………

  • K Stew

    AND you think we like selling credit cards on board because our company refuses to pay us correctly. Its a disgrace that’s the choice they have given us…people like you infuriate me because you have no idea what you are talking about!

  • hot vee

    @Lynette Bonner,

    Then either charter your own airplane or fly someone else!

  • Lynette Bonner

    Why should we feel sorry for people who get paid to travel and DO NOTHING for the passengers as 90% of their job responsibilities are done. They are now liberated to get a job elsewhere. After all, it will be much quieter not having to listen to sale pitches about US Air credit cards and with the flight risks being what they are now – EVERYBODY buckles up without be told. Nobody buys food anymore and pretty soon they will have automated coined/debit card kiosks for drinks.

    • hot vee

      Then either charter your own airplane or fly someone else!

      • Bryan

        Have you ever heard the saying…”You can’t put lipstick on a pig?” I’m sure your one just one of the many farm animals that the flight attendants have to deal with.

    • Killa Kdog

      Get a life and stop judging others unless you are in their shoes!

      • K Stew

        Job doing nothing for the passengers? Tell that to the man who’s head was cracked open by his laptop or the woman who passed out because of low blood sugar. Or the woman who is on the way to her brother’s funeral (I sat and held the 90 year old woman’s hand while she wept). Do nothing? I bust my ass making sure every one has a drink on a one hour flight..i work 12 hours days and get paid 5. I board for free, clean for free and practically work for free.. Food, really? You pass 10 food joints before you board the plane. Have you ever passed out from starvation on a flight? Food was luxury in the past. Things have changed. Board a free food there! We’ve taken big pay cuts and then some so this airline can stay afloat ( while our CEO’s give themselves HUGE bonuses). We don’t set the standards on pricing. And believe it or not, when something is changed it’s the flight attendants who stand against it because the passengers deserve better. I get paid to travel? I make nothing as a flight attendant and I’ve been here 13 years! I made more in college!!!! But I love my job and my passengers! And not everyone buckles up…people get seriously injured because they won’t buckle up no matter how many times we do the demo. Don’t speak unless you’ve worked in my shoes…ignorance = stupidity!

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