Flight attendants at Eastern Airlines fighting to save more than 1,000 jobs are proposing a two-tiered, work-reduction scheme they say would save Eastern $15 million annually and let them stay on the carrier's payroll.

Mary Jane Barry, president of the Transport Workers Union's Miami branch, said a survey of 1,000 Eastern flight attendants showed that senior attendants were willing to share weekly work schedules, cutting their working time - and pay - in half.Hundreds of others, Barry said, would accept long-term leaves from active service while remaining employees of the financially troubled airline, which is a subsidiary of giant Texas Air Corp.

"The (union) was excited about the plan we had developed," she said. "Our plan could enable (Eastern) to avoid laying off one single flight attendant."