US Airways Flight Attendants to Picket Airports Today

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Travelers might see US Airways flight attendants picketing at the carrier's major hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington DC today.

The flight attendants are scheduled to conduct a nationwide protest in response to the fact that workforces still have not merged years after a deal combined American West and US Airways.

"After five years of protracted contract negotiations and the announcement of US Airways' second biggest profit in the airline's history, flight attendants are united in their effort to reach a fair contract that reflects the sacrifices they made for the success of the airline," says the Association of Flight Attendants, the union who represents the US Airways flight attendants, in a statement.

Talks between the two sides ceased February 9, with the Association of Flight Attendants saying US Airways management's most recent offer provided "no meaningful wage increase" as well as concessions in benefits.

Flight attendants are scheduled to picket at the hubs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. According to US Airways, scheduled flights will not be interrupted by the protests.

The picketing comes nearly a month after about 300 uniformed US Airways pilots picketed outside Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, complaining the management's wage offers are too small.

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