Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Attendants Strike Cancels 2 of 4 Twa Flights at Will Rogers World Airport

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Attendants Strike Cancels 2 of 4 Twa Flights at Will Rogers World Airport

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Two of four Trans World Airlines flights to and from St. Louis were canceled Friday at Will Rogers World Airport as a result of a strike by members of the Independent Federation of Flight Attendants employed by TWA.

The attendant's union has been granted a 30-day permit to conduct informational pickets at the Oklahoma City airport, according to Morton. Two TWA flight attendants were picketing Friday at the airport terminal.

Passengers leaving Oklahoma City were moved to the remaining TWA flights, or to Ozark Airlines, a subsidiary with parallel flights to St. Louis, said Mario Gallo, local TWA manager.

The airline also offers one Tulsa flight, which goes on to New York for connection with international flights.

Operations should be 100 percent within seven days, Gallo said.

Meanwhile, at TWA's east-west hub in St. Louis, TWA service was reduced by 50 percent, the was told by Dann Oldani, manager of the airline's corporate communications there.

Almost 12 hours after the strike began, TWA officials said they had no nationwide tally on how many flights had been canceled.

"There are some cancellations, but all (domestic) cities are currently being served," said Sally McElwreath, a TWA spokeswoman. "Nineteen of 23 international cities are being served."

She said the airline would provide service on other flights or book passengers on other airlines if TWA flights were cancelled.

Members of the attendants' union walked picket lines at 32 of the 62 TWA locations in the United States, said Karen Lantz, vice president of the union.

Members of the pilots' union, who signed a no-strike contract in January, were not honoring the picket lines, she said.

Jim Coneley, a spokesman for the International Association of Machinists, said he did not know how many machinists were observing the attendants' picket lines.

He said while the union considers crossing a line an individual decision, the organization's general policy is against it. …

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