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IAM VICE PRESIDENT ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING USAIR STRIKE

 IAM VICE PRESIDENT ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING USAIR STRIKE
 MONTREAL, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- International Association of Machinists Vice President John Peterpaul issued the following statement today regarding the USAir strike:
 After 43 years of harmonious relations with the IAM and its members, USAir has abandoned the goodwill built through 17 peacefully-negotiated contracts and forced a major segment of its employees to strike.
 Attempting to divide its employee groups, USAir is negotiating a strike-breaking agreement with its pilot group. According to the proposed agreement, pilots will be pay-protected above and beyond their contract terms throughout the strike, even if they fly at reduced levels. That flies in the face of carrier demands for wage reductions and work rule changes that would jeopardize job security for IAM members.
 Those USAir pilots should hang their heads in shame. They're selling their souls for 30 pieces of silver. In a time when the labor movement is the only major organization fighting for the rights of all working Americans, the USAir pilots are worshiping at the altar of the almighty dollar.
 USAir has enjoined its Flight Attendants Union members from honoring IAM picket lines. A Reagan/Bush-appointed judge has totally ignored the provisions of the Norris/LaGuardia act that forbids the issuance of injunctions during a labor dispute and forced the flight attendants to cross our picket lines.
 We applaud the brave action of our sister and brother flight attendants. We intend to assist them in their court appeal and will fight to see that justice is served in any and all carrier disputes with the Association of Flight Attendants.
 We did not want this strike. And we are considering filing unfair labor practice charges against USAir for some of its actions during negotiations; if the carrier is in financial trouble, they should come back to the bargaining table -- not denigrate our skilled A&P mechanics.
 USAir forced the strike, but we will fight for job security for our members and safety of flight for the flying public. If the company has its way, the duties of de-icing and the handling of aircraft will be removed from the duties of qualified A&P-licensed mechanics and assigned to lower non-mechanic classifications.
 In light of the recent series of airline crashes attributed to aircraft de-icing, we find it astounding that the carrier would even consider cost-cutting in the area of flight safety. According to the FAA, during the last 25 years, "icing has been a factor in more than a dozen accidents involving major transport aircraft."
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 /CONTACT: Jim Conley of the International Association of Machinists, 514-861-3511, room no. 1446 (Queen Elizabeth Hotel)/
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