This is APFA President John Ward with a Special HotLine Message for Tuesday, February the 4th.
Earlier today, the APFA National Officers, along with our counterparts from the Allied Pilots Association and Transport Workers Union, met with American Airlines CEO Don Carty and other members of Senior Management. The Company, today, provided us with a specific breakdown of how much it wanted each work group on the property to contribute towards their stated goal of reducing expenses by $1.8 billion.
These amounts are as follows:
Flight Attendants—$340 million
TWU represented employees (namely, the mechanics, fleet service clerks and others)—$620 million
Agents—$80 million, and
The detailed financial analysis of the Company’s books that APFA began undertaking in mid-December is nearly complete, and the APFA Board of Directors will meet next week in special session to review our analyst’s findings and to determine a specific course of action.
This week, I’ll be meeting with members of the APFA Table Negotiating Committee, analysts and attorneys. In addition, this Friday, February the 7th, all three unions will again meet with Management. The Company has agreed to provide to the unions previously requested information such as how the Company arrived at its $1.8 billion figure as well as additional information regarding Management’s plans to restructure the airline for future success. Unfortunately, today’s meeting put the cart before the horse in that the Company has requested huge concessions before providing these details to the unions. This HotLine will be updated as events warrant. Please consult the APFA web site for additional information at www.www.apfa.org. Thank you for calling.