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USAIR EMPLOYEES TO HOLD 'PINK SLIP CHRISTMAS RALLY' IN FRONT OF USAIR HEADQUARTERS

 LaGuardia Crash Heroes Among Those Gathering to Protest Layoffs
 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A "Pink Slip Christmas Rally" will be held by USAir (NYSE: U) customer service agents at USAir headquarters to protest 1,800 furloughs announced Dec. 10, as well as recent benefit reductions by the company, the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) said today.
 Fleet service and passenger service agents from Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York and Washington will gather on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 12:30 p.m., at the USAir headquarters at 2345 Crystal Drive in Arlington, Va., to confront the company with a Christmas tree decorated with pink slips and to personally deliver a Christmas card for USAir CEO Seth Scofield.
 The Christmas card will be based on a full-page USA Today ad run by the fleet service and passenger service agents and the United Steelworkers of America in Thursday's paper, protesting the company's treatment of its workers.
 "This is `the nightmare before Christmas,'" said George Becker, International vice president of the United Steelworkers of America.
 The fleet service and passenger service agents have sought out the USWA to become their exclusive bargaining agent, and Becker will head the organizing effort. The union expects to petition for a representative election early next year.
 Two of the expected attendees at the event -- Fredric Nickell and James May Jr. -- were heroes of the March 22, 1992, crash of a USAir jet into Flushing Bay at LaGuardia Airport. Nickell and May, who received the Federal Aviation Administration's highest award for their bravery, were terminated by USAir just months short of reaching eligibility for early retirement, the union said.
 According to the union, USAir handed roughly 1,800 employees furlough notices on Dec. 10, two weeks before Christmas and reduced hours for many others. The company had previously eliminated extra pay for passenger service agents who have to work on holidays, so Christmas will be just another workday for these USAir workers -- at least for those who still have their jobs, the union said.
 Becker, May and Nickell will be among the speakers at the "Pink Slip Christmas Rally." Over 100 agents from the different cities are expected to attend.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: This event will include several interesting visuals, including a Christmas tree decorated with pink slips, a giant Christmas card and over 100 employees with signs./
 /CONTACT: Bob Callahan of USWA Organizing Department, 412-562-2550; Gary Hubbard of USWA Communications Department, 412-562-2442; or Anita Dunn, of The Communications Company, 202-547-4970, for the USWA/
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