US Airways flight attendants reject joint agreement

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Flight attendants at US Airways rejected a tentative agreement with the airline by a one percentage point margin today.

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-CWA represented employees voted 51% against the term sheet that would have brought legacy America West Airlines and legacy US Airways cabin crew under one agreement for the first time since the carriers merged in 2005.

"While the tentative agreement contained pay increases and job protections for all flight attendants, our flying partners today declared management didn't dig deep enough," says Deborah Volpe, AFA pre-merger America West president, and Roger Holmin, AFA pre-merger US Airways president, in a joint statement.

"We are disappointed that our flight attendants chose to vote against ratification of a new contract," says Doug Parker, chairman and chief executive of US Airways, in a statement. "Going forward, our current collective bargaining agreements remain in place, and we will consult with the National Mediation Board to determine the next steps."

The 6,800 flight attendants at the Tempe, Arizona-based Star Alliance carrier began voting on the tentative agreement in August.