US Airways flight attendants ratified a new contract with the carrier that includes double-digit pay increases and job protections.
Flight attendants ratified the contract by 80 percent, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, said on Thursday. This was the third time that flight attendants were voting on a new contract. The two previous contract proposals were rejected by the flight attendants.
"We are well positioned to advance as key partners in the merger with American Airlines and will continue our work to further improve wages, benefits and work rules for all flight attendants at the new American,” said AFA US Airways Presidents Roger Holmin and Deborah Volpe in a statement. AFA represents 6,800 flight attendants at US Airways.
The contract includes a requirement for discussions between both American Airlines and US Airways management, the AFA and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents American flight attendants, to discuss integration of the flight attendants work groups. The discussions are scheduled to begin within the next thirty days.
"With today's ratification our flight attendants start the process to become one team and one great new airline," said US Airways chief executive Doug Parker.