US Airways reaches new joint agreement with flight attendants

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US Airways and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) have reached a new tentative joint labour agreement.

The agreement would cover all 6,800 mainline flight attendants at the Tempe, Arizona-based carrier and bring cabin crews from both legacy America West Airlines and legacy US Airways under a single contract for the first time since the airlines merged in 2005. The US National Mediation Board oversaw negotiations.

A timeline for the ratification vote will be determined on 25 January, says the AFA.

"We secured immediate improvements as well as a process for additional gains through discussions related to the pending merger," says AFA US Airways presidents Roger Holmin and Deborah Volpe in a statement. "Doug Parker's plan for a US Airways/American merger provides the best opportunities for US Airways flight attendants - and we are now poised to make the most out of those opportunities."

"We are very pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with our flight attendants," says Doug Parker, chairman and chief executive of US Airways, in a statement.

Flight attendants at the airline rejected a previous tentative joint agreement by a one-percentage point margin in September 2012.