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Flight attendants at US Airways subsidiary authorize strike

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Piedmont Airlines flight attendants have authorized a strike against the airlines,  a subsidiary of US Airways Group Inc. that operates as a US Airways Express carrier.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the union representing the Piedmont employees, said the strike was authorized by 98 percent of participating flight attendants.

Piedmont, based in Salisbury, Md., provides more than 400 daily departures to 55 cities throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Its route map includes more than a half dozen cities in Virginia.

“Flight Attendants at Piedmont did not take this strike vote lightly and our overwhelming decision to strike should show management the seriousness of this situation,” Anita Jwanouskos, AFA Piedmont President, said in a statement. “Piedmont Flight Attendants are key partners in the overall success of US Airways, and we want a contract that recognizes our part in any potential merger. We will not settle for less.”

US Airways has been waging a campaign to merge with American Airlines whose parent company, AMR, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late last year.

The union said that if negotiations with management fail, it may use a strike strategy that could affect the entire system or a single flight.

The union would decides when, where and how to strike without notice to management or passengers.


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