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FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ORDERED BACK TO WORK AT USAIR

 FLIGHT ATTENDANTS ORDERED BACK TO WORK AT USAIR
 WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The 9,000 flight attendants at


USAir will be returning to work today, after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) directing them to cease honoring the IAM's picket lines.
 In a lawsuit brought by USAir yesterday in Pittsburgh, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy K. Lewis granted the company's request for a TRO against the flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO. Lewis' decision temporarily upholds the company's argument that the union's sympathy strike in support of the International Association of Machinists strike is "arguably" prohibited by the AFA-USAir collective bargaining agreement.
 "This is an appalling example of the growing animosity toward labor in the federal courts," said Carol Austin, USAir master executive president. "Both the Railway Labor Act and our contract allow us to support another labor group in this way. Judge Lewis' decision reflects a tone that has become all too prevalent -- a tone that strips working men and women of their rights while empowering big business."
 The case has been scheduled for a preliminary injunction hearing on Thursday, Oct. 8. At that hearing Lewis will consider whether to extend the temporary injunction.
 The Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, is the world's largest flight attendant union, representing 33,000 flight attendants at 20 different airlines.
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 /CONTACT: David Melancon of the Association of Flight Attendants, 202-328-5400/
 (U) CO: USAir; International Association of Machinists; Association of
 Flight Attendants ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU:


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