Flight attendants from the old US Airways are still working under pay cuts they took under a 2005 contract while the airline was still operating under bankruptcy protection. The rejected deal would have given them 11 percent raises.
America West flight attendants would have gotten raises of 22 percent to 65 percent, although they would have also given up vacation time and paid more for health insurance, according to materials distributed by the union before the vote.
Now, I’m not a big Doug Parker fan, but even I feel a bit sorry for him that they still can’t get the unions to play nice. And, in this economy, it’s pretty surprising to me to see people like this keep turning down pay increases. It’s not like the airlines are raking in the cash.
And some people wonder why I don’t want American Airlines to merge with US.