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US Airways Shuttle attendants OK contract


US Airways Shuttle flight attendants approved a contract yesterday that raises their pay and improves benefits.

The flight attendants voted 132 to 2 in favor of the contract, with five ballots voided. The group, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, had sought pay and benefits comparable to its counterparts at US Airways, the sixth-largest U.S. airline.

US Airways Shuttle's first-year flight attendants will receive a 32 percent pay raise, and a sixth-year flight attendant will get a 68 percent increase.

Shuttle flight attendants will also pay lower premiums for health care and receive health care benefits after they retire.

The Arlington, Va.-based airline had been negotiating a contract with its 150 Shuttle flight attendants since December 1996.

US Airways is the dominant carrier at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. In October, the airline carried about 359,000 passengers, compared with rival Southwest Airlines' 328,000 passengers.

Shares of US Airways Group Inc. fell 62.5 cents, to $50.5625, on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday.

Pub Date: 12/29/98

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