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US Airways flight attendants picket in Phoenix

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Hundreds of picketers gathered outside Sky Harbor Airport's Terminal 4 on Wednesday. Flight attendants from US Airways are demanding a new contract and more money.

They won't strike over thanksgiving and probably not for the winter holidays either.

6,700 flight attendants with US Airways picketed about a new contract and warned they could strike if a deal isn't made.

Flight attendants from are frustrated it's been 14 years and no new contract.

"Hypothetically could it be around the holidays, it could be, but most importantly look into the first quarter January, February when our passengers come in for spring break, baseball season, spring training. But we would rather not get there. We would rather have a contract," says Deborah Volpe, Association of Flight Attendants.

They say the airline is making money, but they are not. Some don't make much more than $20,000 a year for a full-time job.

"Some of them in low twenties... for myself, a 26-year flight attendant that tops out at $37,059," says Volpe.

Now the obvious question is -- what does US Airways have to say about this situation and the chances of coming to an agreement with its flight attendants? The company has declined an interview.

The flight attendants feel the time is right and US Airways will give them a raise they can accept.

We asked: "If you have not had a contract in 14 years what makes you think you will get one now?"

Volpe: "Why would we not? Our company wants to merge with American Airlines, we're asking them to settle with our flight attendants first before we go into another merger."

If the flight attendants can't get a deal from US Airways, the next step is to ask the National Mediation Board to release the union and the airline from negotiations.

Then there would be a 30 day cooling-off period. After that the flight attendants could go on strike.

This would not happen soon, but it could happen in a few months -- all this while US Airways is trying to merge with American Airlines.

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