Possible Strike at US Air

Flight attendants will strike if union contract is scrapped

Flight attendants at US Airways voted Dec. 13 to conduct intermittent strikes if the airline receives bankruptcy court approval to scrap the airline’s union contract and unilaterally impose another round of pay and benefits cuts for workers and retirees. US Airways said it needs the additional pay and benefits cuts by mid-January to give it a “fighting chance” to survive and obtain more financing. But the attendants complain the airline’s latest round of cost-cutting goes too far. Under the authorized actions, the airline’s 5,200 attendants would try to disrupt operations with unannounced, intermittent and selective strikes on dates and locations chosen by the union. In the meantime, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA is trying to draw attention to its concerns with rallies today in front of the White House and at other locations across the country.