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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Kathryn D. Brunelle, a flight attendant who was also chief financial officer of her husband's company, died Monday of a stroke at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Ellicott City resident was 44. The daughter of a career Air Force officer and a homemaker, Kathryn Diane Murphy was born in Wichita, Kan., and raised in Turkey and Texas. She graduated in 1986 from a high school on the Lajes Air Base in the Azores. Mrs. Brunelle earned an associate's degree from Howard Community College.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Audrey Stone doesn't hesitate when asked how long current contract negotiations will last between Southwest Airlines and the flight attendants union she leads. "As long as it takes," Stone said on a recent morning in Baltimore — a city she has called home since 2004 despite regular commutes to Dallas, where Southwest is headquartered. Stone, 36, is one of about 1,200 Southwest flight attendants whose home hub is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where Southwest is the largest carrier.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Audrey Stone doesn't hesitate when asked how long current contract negotiations will last between Southwest Airlines and the flight attendants union she leads. "As long as it takes," Stone said on a recent morning in Baltimore — a city she has called home since 2004 despite regular commutes to Dallas, where Southwest is headquartered. Stone, 36, is one of about 1,200 Southwest flight attendants whose home hub is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where Southwest is the largest carrier.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Kathryn D. Brunelle, a flight attendant who was also chief financial officer of her husband's company, died Monday of a stroke at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Ellicott City resident was 44. The daughter of a career Air Force officer and a homemaker, Kathryn Diane Murphy was born in Wichita, Kan., and raised in Turkey and Texas. She graduated in 1986 from a high school on the Lajes Air Base in the Azores. Mrs. Brunelle earned an associate's degree from Howard Community College.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | July 18, 2006
NEW YORK -- Northwest Airlines Corp. and its flight attendants agreed yesterday on how to reduce wages and benefits by $195 million a year, averting a showdown in which the bankrupt carrier would have imposed its own cuts and risked a strike. Specifics of the proposed contract weren't immediately released. The tentative pact must be approved by union leaders, the airline's 9,300 attendants and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper. Northwest expects attendants to finish voting on July 31, the carrier said.
BUSINESS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 29, 1994
The union representing USAir's 10,000 flight attendants has suspended negotiations over concessions, saying further meetings are fruitless as long as management and USAir's pilots aren't talking.The recess will last at least through Nov. 15, Carol Austin, USAir chapter chair of the Association of Flight Attendants, said yesterday. In the interim, union leaders will meet with flight attendants around the country to update them on the negotiations.Ms. Austin said the flight attendants cannot accomplish much more until it becomes clear how much the company's pilots will give up.The pilots have offered 20 percent pay cuts and said other employee groups also should give up 20 percent in some combination of pay, benefits, work rules and job reductions.
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By Dallas Morning News | November 22, 1993
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The American Airlines flight attendants' strike that stalled travel plans for thousands of passengers has also left 29 flight attendants stranded a continent away.The crews worked flights from Miami and New York City to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early last week but chose to go on strike Thursday morning rather than work on the return flights.But because they did not arrive as visa-carrying tourists and American no longer will claim them as active flight crew members, the strikers are stranded in a legal limbo.
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By Christine Negroni | February 5, 2002
NEW YORK - By inviting the flight attendants who foiled Richard Reid's attempt to blow up an American Airlines jet in December to his State of the Union address, President Bush acknowledged the contribution flight attendants can make to air security and safety. But in the rush to federalize airport screeners and arm pilots with stun guns, it's time to make sure hiring standards and training for flight attendants reflect their significant role. In the early days of commercial aviation, stewardesses were registered nurses.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | February 23, 2000
The union of flight attendants at US Airways rejected an offer for binding arbitration in its 3-year-old labor dispute yesterday, triggering a 30-day "cooling-off" period after which the employees are free to strike or take other action against the airline. The Association of Flight Attendants rejected the National Mediation Board's offer to resolve its stalled contract negotiations with US Airways Group Inc. Under federal law, the union must wait for the cooling-off period to expire before calling a strike, but it can continue to negotiate.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2000
Flight attendants for US Airways threatened to walk out yesterday on as many as 53 daily flights from Baltimore-Washington International Airport unless they reach agreement on a new employment contract with the airline by March 25. But the Arlington, Va.-based carrier countered by repeating its promise to shut the entire airline down rather than subject its customers to a strike. The Association of Flight Attendants released a long list of flights it plans to target with its "chaos" campaign of unannounced walkouts, all of them clustered around cities, like Baltimore, in which US Airways has a large presence.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
A Texas man was indicted in federal court Thursday amid accusations he unsuccessfully tried to open the emergency hatch on an in-air flight from Baltimore to Austin earlier this week, prosecutors said. Randolph B. Robinson, 63, of Austin, was indicted in federal court in western Tennessee. Prosecutors there said Robinson had to be restrained by flight attendants when he tried to open the exits on AirTran Airways Flight 265 on Monday evening while the plane was in the air. The flight was bound from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Austin - Bergstrom International Airport and was diverted to Memphis.
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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
In its forced retirement, the Boeing DC-10 sits just off a main runway at BWI Marshall Airport, a grim reminder of the slim margin between a successful landing and a tragic one. Stripped of its logos, engines and usable parts, the wide-body jet - once a chartered troop carrier - now serves as a training platform for firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Rescuers hope that in its second life, the plane can help save human lives. No one died four years ago in the violent landing of World Airways Flight 8535.
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Susan Reimer | April 3, 2013
You can have your women in combat. You can have your women who lean in. You can even have your woman secretary of state who visits 112 countries. But my new heroes are women on planes with babies. Flying back and forth across the country over the holiday weekend, I met a lot of these road warriors. It seemed their children were never in a good mood, and neither, I'm guessing, were the childless passengers who suddenly found the plane had become an airborne day care center. Just imagine if every time you boarded a plane, you knew nobody in the cabin wanted to sit near you. That they'd rather sit next to the snoring fat guy who takes up a seat and a half than you and your babies.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2012
Emergency response teams and hazardous materials crews responded to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airporton Thursday afternoon after a flight attendant on an inbound Southwest Airlines flight fell ill, airport officials said. About 4:25 p.m., Southwest Flight 709 from Norfolk, Va., arrived at the airport with a flight attendant in need of medical attention, officials said. The flight had originated in Denver and was bound for Chicago and later Dallas, but its stop in Baltimore was scheduled, officials said.
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By Janell Sutherland | October 3, 2011
In the latest Amazing Race, teams get the heck out of Taiwan so they can get down in Indonesia. With two eliminations coming up, who will survive? And who will think of the children? Since the Taiwan-to-Indonesia air route isn't too popular, all the teams bunch up on the same flight. Then they take the same overnight train, and finally splinter off during the Great Taxi Race to a remote cave. The spread during the taxi race seems to follow the teams throughout the episode, which is how Grandma and Grandpa pull themselves out of last place, even with a rope-untangling speed bump.
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By Herb McMillan | April 20, 2011
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, this is your Captain (and State Delegate) Herb McMillan. We've leveled off at our cruising altitude, but you need to keep your seat belts fastened. We're in for a rough ride. Here's why. Our route of flight isn't what I voted for, but the liberal flight planners in our General Assembly think the economic weather is improving. Looking to the left, you see they increased state spending by another billion dollars, and that we project $1.4 billion deficits for years to come.
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By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1999
US Airways and the union representing its 9,000 flight attendants have asked a federal mediator to intervene in negotiations for a new employment contract, amid demands from the union that the airline share its newfound profitability with employees.The Association of Flight Attendants has been negotiating a new contract with the Arlington, Va.-based airline for more than two years, but has had "very, very little progress," according to Lynn Lenosky, president of the union's division of US Airways employees.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2011
Flight attendants for AirTran Airways plan to picket at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and other locations over the next six weeks to protest what the workers view as stalled contract negotiations with the airline. The workers, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, say they are frustrated by a lack of progress in contract negotiations and will begin picketing on Monday at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. They plan the last of the protests on Friday, April 1, at BWI. If a tentative agreement is not reached by April 1, picketing will continue in six more cities, the union said in a statement.
NEWS
August 11, 2010
We don't agree with the way JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater expressed his aggravation with airline travel and his job — haranguing a misbehaving passenger via the plane's PA system, grabbing a beer from the beverage cart, then sliding down the plane's emergency exit chute — but the incident does serve as an example (albeit an over-the-top one) of the angry skies of summer travel. Getting on a plane these days is an occasion brimming with opportunities for irritation.
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