Flight Attendants Unhappy with US Airways

The US Airways' flight attendants union is incensed that while its members from US Airways and America West, both represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), are wading through negotiations for a new contract, the airline's management team has exercised more than eight million dollars worth of stock options. Mike Flores, US Airways master executive council president for AFA, says US Airways flight attendants gave over $150 million in contract concessions, including termination of pension plans, so the airline could survive and they could become a partner in the new merged entity. Thus, he says it's "obscene" that, according to UBS Financial Services, Scott Kirby, US Airways Vice President of Sales and Marketing, cashed in a total of over $4 million in options, while their Chief Administrative Officer Jeff McClelland made $2.2 million before tax. General Counsel Jim Walsh and Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr made pre-tax earnings of $1.53 million and $1.1 million respectively. At present, the flight attendants union and the airline have had little luck in negotiating a new contract.

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