Special HotLine Update
Wednesday, March 21, 2001
This is APFA President, John Ward with a special hotline message for Wednesday, March 21. The time is approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific time.
After two days of discussion, the APFA Board of Directors has voted unanimously in favor of a resolution which sets forth how the APFA will proceed with respect to the TWA acquisition. The Board authorized the Merger and Acquisition, under my direction, to meet with the company for the purpose of reaching an agreement guided by the following principles:
1. Preservation of the bidding seniority of the American Airlines Flight Attendants.
2. A fence around the TWA St. Louis and JFK bases restricted to the flying currently flown by TWA at such bases.
3. Opportunities for American Airlines Flight Attendants to transfer/proffer to fill vacancies in the fenced bases and to fly trips included within the fence
4. Protections against furlough of American Airlines Flight Attendants.
5. Classification or Pay Seniority and Company, which is retirement credit and vacation accrual seniority, for TWA Flight Attendants based upon their years of service at TWA.
6. No credit for bidding seniority for TWA years of service in the event TWA Flight Attendants transfer from the fenced St. Louis and JFK bases.
I am aware that the subject of the TWA acquisition has understandably been a source of great concern, as well as many rumors and speculations. I would like to thank you for your patience as we sorted out how best to proceed. I applaud the Board of Directors for working diligently to resolve these difficult issues. We will provide more detailed information as it becomes available.
Thank you for your continued support. Please stay on the line.
March 16, 2001
This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with APFA HotLine News for the week ending March 16, 2001.
In Negotiations news, APFA and the Company concluded mediated talks this week without reaching an agreement. The NMB adjourned talks until the week of April 2nd. Both parties have been directed by the NMB to observe a communication blackout concerning the substance of this week’s talks until the resumption of negotiations.
Although the imposed gag order prevents us from reporting the latest details of negotiations, we want to assure you that the APFA negotiating team holds strong in their resolve to do what is necessary to bring you a contract we can all be proud of.
April 12th is our next Informational Picketing event. Let American and our passengers know that we’re tired of AA investing in everything but their own employees. Picketing will be nationwide at the following times:
* Western Division: 9:00 a.m. to noon
* Central Division: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and
* Eastern Division: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please wear your uniform, union pin and wings and join your co-workers at all base cities, satellites, co-terminals and commuter cities. Please check this hotline or the web site at www.www.apfa.org for more information on exact cities as the date draws nearer.
American Airlines has successfully bid for TWA, however, the deal does still require DOT approval and a final order from the bankruptcy court. If approval is given, the deal could close as soon as April. The judge has also approved TWA’s request to deny Carl Icahn any more discounted tickets in a deal made with the carrier six years ago. TWA was strapped for cash and agreed to sell Mr. Icahn an unlimited number of tickets at a 45% discount. In turn, he resold these tickets on his web site www.lowestfare.com. It has been recorded that Icahn will file suit against American.
The APFA Board of Directors will be holding their Annual Convention beginning March 17, 2001 at the Manhattan Beach Marriott in Manhattan Beach, California. All members in good standing are welcome to attend. The Merger and Acquisition Committee will be presenting their research in the TWA Acquisition to your Board. We appreciate all of the feedback you have sent to your Base Chairs, APFA Headquarters and to the Merger and Acquisition Committee. We will update this hotline as events warrant.
APFA Representatives including your Base Chairs, Vice-Chairs, Division Reps and Ad Hocs, will be unable to answer e-mail until the beginning of April as APFA computers are in the process of being switched over to a different vendor. Please contact them at home (numbers are provided in the center section of Skyword) or leave a message at APFA Headquarters.
Northwest’s aircraft mechanics (AMFA) were just put into a 60-day hold by President Bush. Their Presidential Emergency Board hearing begins on Monday, March 19th and continues through the 22nd. Delta’s pilots are awaiting release from the NMB and should receive word shortly. United’s Machinists are awaiting new dates for mediated talks, and AFA is preparing suit against the company as United appears to be going ahead with the merge of US Airways without a waiver from their Flight Attendants.
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to wear your Union Pin, Wings and Nametag and turn your bagtag to 4,3,2,1… Thank you for your support and thank you for calling the APFA HotLine.