Flight attendants picket demanding 'big change' from US Airways

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PHOENIX (AP) - Flight attendants working for Tempe-based US Airways spent part of Thursday walking picket lines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Members of the Association of Flight Attendants conducted a day of action over their displeasure with what they say is the slow movement on new contracts years after the merger of America West and US Airways.

A flight attendant's negotiating committee broke off talks last week after the union said the airline presented a proposal that contained concessions in health care and sick leave and little money for raises.

US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr says the company is offering a wage and benefits package increase of nine to 10 percent for flight attendants. Mohr says that amounts to $40 million.

Mohr adds the airline wants to return to the bargaining table and reach an agreement with its unions.

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