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US Airways Flight Attendants will picket outside Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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WBTV confirmed US Airways Flight Attendants will be picketing outside Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Wednesday, November 14th, starting at 2:00 p.m.

It's a system-wide picket.

US Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, tell WBTV this is a clear indication of what they are willing to do "to achieve a fair contract" in the airline's merger with America West.

A vote started this week to authorize a strike to back up demands for flight attendants with both airlines to have a single contract in the merger.

Instructions on how to vote for that strike were sent to 6,700 people.  Both the union and US Airways says there is no fear a strike would be happening before Thanksgiving and no travel plans should be disrupted.

In a statement sent to WBTV, A.F.A said, "We remain focused on achieving a contract that works for all of us and in order to do that, we need to back up our demands by taking action together."

After reaching out to US Airways late Thursday night, WBTV got a response on Friday morning.

"Our flight attendants very narrowly rejected a proposed contract that AFA and US Airways, with the oversight of the NMB, negotiated and AFA presented to its members for a vote" the statement from the airline said. "The vote was 51 to 49 percent. The NMB has told us (and AFA has acknowledged) that if the contract were voted down, they would not schedule additional talks."

US Airways says, "any picketing would be purely informational."

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