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TEAMSTERS CALL FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF USAIR; AIRLINE CAUGHT IN EMPLOYEE ELIMINATION SCAM, TEAMSTERS SAY

 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following:
 Teamster President Ron Carey today charged USAir with an "underhanded lay-off scam" that undercuts good paying U.S. jobs, undermines customer service and passenger safety and poses a threat to high paying jobs across the industry.
 Speaking at a rally of USAir workers who are organizing to join the Teamster Union to fight for job security and good benefits, Carey said: "USAir is trying to stage a great job robbery. Two weeks ago, USAir announced it would lay-off 1,800 workers due to revenue shortfalls and an increase in competition within the industry. The cutbacks will mean that one worker will have to do the job of three workers. USAir will be putting workers' health and safety in jeopardy.
 "To add insult to injury, USAir is planning to fill 1,200 new job openings at USAir Express with inexperienced people provided by a training school. These new workers will do the same jobs now done by workers who will be laid off, but they will only be paid $5 an hour. Using poorly paid, inexperienced workers will mean that passengers will face delays and poses real threats to safety," said Carey.
 "Rather than transferring employees from USAir to USAir Express, the airline is trying to fire workers at USAir and hire cheaper workers at USAir Express," said Carey.
 "Last week the Teamsters uncovered a letter that shows USAir Express has contracted with the Boyd Business and Travel School in Pittsburgh to provide new hires hungry to grab jobs for whatever wages corporations are willing to trickle-down," explained Carey.
 "This dangerous collusion is the road to eliminating good paying American jobs, pits worker against worker, and could undermine the future of labor-management relationships in the airline and many other industries," he said.
 "Workers at USAir and other corporations must unite to keep good- paying jobs here in America. We can't let corporations throw workers away like this. If we keep quiet no job will be safe," Carey said. "The Teamsters are going to help USAir workers fight back. We say that all veteran workers at USAir should get the new jobs at USAir Express and keep good pay and benefits."
 Carey told the workers that the Teamsters will launch an all-out offensive against the carrier to save the jobs. Including calling for:
 -- An immediate court injunction that stops the layoffs from
 occurring.
 -- Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena to hold fact-finding
 hearings.
 -- The FAA to investigate how this business practice will affect
 passenger safety.
 -- Congressional hearings on violations of fair labor standards,
 with its findings incorporated into proposed labor law reform
 legislation.
 -- Stockholders to pass a resolution that denounces the replacement
 strategy.
 "If USAir gets away with this `great job robbery' the workers, the passengers, and the community all lose. Workers will lose careers, passengers will lose experienced fleet service workers, and communities will lose good jobs. We must stand together with one voice and speak for the workers of USAir," said Carey.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Treibitz for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 703-276-2772/
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