Piedmont Flight Attendants reach provisional agreement after strike

The preliminary agreement will go to a vote of full membership.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Piedmont Flight Attendants announced on Thursday, Jan. 20 that a tentative agreement has been reached with Piedmont Airlines after a series of strikes were staged by flight attendants for better wages.

The deal includes substantial pay increases, no cuts to their high-quality health care program, and meaningful work rule improvements. The agreement was concluded through mediation with the National Mediation Council.

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Piemonte is a regional airline owned by American Airlines, but flight attendants said they didn’t get the same benefits as those flying on American and other major airlines. The union said that while other groups of flight attendants received record bonuses and benefits, they struggled to earn a living wage.

The deal follows a historic unanimous approval of the strike authorization by Piedmont Flight Attendants in October, after the company proposed a contract that would have resulted in concessions to overall compensation.

Flight attendants staged a strike at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in November for better wages.

“We have organized to mobilize action,” said Keturah Johnson, president of AFA Piemonte. “We spoke with one voice. We demanded contractual improvements that treated us with the dignity and respect we deserved. And we won. We are immensely grateful for the solidarity and support of our AFA family, the labor movement and the flying audience that raised their voices next to ours.”

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Further details of the four-year agreement will not be made public until released to the Piedmont Flight Attendants. The preliminary agreement will go to a vote of full membership.

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