US Air flight attendants gear up for possible strike

The potential strike comes as U.S. Airways is trying to win approval from federal regulators for its proposed merger with American Airlines.

The AFA said on Thursday that Piedmont Airlines, which is owned by U.S. Airways, should focus on the employees it already has.

“Piedmont Flight Attendants want a contract that enables us to share in the success of our airline,” AFA Piedmont President Anita Jwanouskos said in a statement. “We have been key partners for US Airways and Piedmont for years and we fully expect that those efforts be recognized.”

The union said it received the support of 98 percent of its members in a recent vote to strike against Piedmont Airlines.

The company and the labor group have been in negotiations that are being overseen by the National Mediation Board.

The board requires negotiators to wait 30 days before beginning a strike when they walk away from ongoing mediations.