Posted on November 13, 2012 at 5:42 PM
Tuesday, Nov 13 at 8:42 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- US Airways flight attendants seeking a better contract offer from their airline will picket Wednesday afternoon in front of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the union representing them said Tuesday.
The informational picket is scheduled for 2 p.m., on the departures level in front of the international check-in area. Flight attendants are also picketing in front of US Airways’ other hubs, in Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
The pickets come as US Airways is pursuing a merger with American Airlines, while the latter carrier is in bankruptcy protection. The Association of Flight Attendants said they are currently taking a strike vote, although any strike would have to wait until several legal steps and mandatory cooling-off periods with the federal National Mediation Board had passed.
US Airways 6,700 flight attendants have rejected contract offers from US Airways twice this year. Most recently, in September, they rejected the airline’s latest offer by a vote of 51 to 49 percent.
The flight attendants haven’t had a joint contract since the airline merged with America West in 2005.
“(US Airways CEO Doug) Parker has his eyes on a new merger with American Airlines, but he needs to finish this merger first and work with his current employees who have brought him record profits,” said union leaders Roger Holmin and Deborah Volpe, in a joint statement.