Representing the Flight Attendants
of American Airlines

Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

7.23.08 – (LAA) – VBR Results Announced, Restructuring Participation Agreement Decision

Special APFA News Update for July 23, 2008

VBR results have been announced and there has been a long-awaited decision regarding the remaining lawsuits filed over the Restructuring Participation Agreement.

First, the VBR:

This morning the company announced the results of the Voluntary Bridge to Retirement. A total of 307 active Flight Attendants were awarded the VBR. 61 additional Flight Attendants who have been in an inactive status for over 6 months were also awarded the VBR. These numbers include Flight Attendants subject to furlough.

APFA is extremely encouraged by the number of Flight Attendants who took advantage of the VBR which is just the first step towards reducing the number of Flight Attendants who may be furloughed. A breakdown of VBR results by base is posted below.

It will still take Crew Resources until next Tuesday, July 29, to process the results of both the initial Overage Leave and Partnership Flying proffer and the current Overage Leave and Partnership Flying proffer open to those subject to furlough. Although we will not know for certain until next Tuesday, we are encouraged by the number of Overage Leave ballots received. In fact it is very possible that the Company will not be able to award all of the Overage Leave and Partnership Flying requests.

At this point we cannot guarantee that no one will be furloughed. However we have made significant strides towards reducing that number. Our ultimate goal will always be not one Flight Attendant furloughed.

CLICK HERE to view a list of Flight Attendants awarded the VBR by base.

FINAL VBR REQUESTS BY BASE AND DIVISION AS OF 7/22/08

DOMESTIC
 
ALL
INACTIVE
ACTIVE
BOS
9
0
9
DCA
19
4
15
DFW
53
8
45
LAX
25
6
19
LGA
27
12
15
MIA
4
0
4
ORD
17
2
15
SFO
16
1
15
SLT
3
1
2
TOTAL
173
34
139

 

INTERNATIONAL
 
ALL
INACTIVE
ACTIVE
BOS
5
0
5
DCA
1
0
1
IDF
56
8
48
LAX
28
5
23
JFK
40
2
38
IMA
23
5
18
IOR
36
5
31
SFO
6
2
4
RDU
0
0
0
TOTAL
195
27
168

 

SYSTEM TOTAL
 
ALL
INACTIVE
ACTIVE
TOTAL
368
61
307

Our second News Update brings word from our Legal Counsel that the Judge presiding over the remaining two lawsuits filed with regard to the Restructuring Participation Agreement has decided in favor of APFA. In what is referred to as the “Marcoux” case, Judge Gershon of the Federal District for the Eastern District of New York has issued an Opinion and Order granting APFAís motion for a summary judgment, denying the plaintiffs’ motions for summary judgment and class action certification.

Additionally, in a separate ruling, the Court also granted APFA’s motion for summary judgment with regard to the remaining claims in the second lawsuit, referred to as the “Cooper” case.

Regarding the Judge’s decisions, APFA President Laura Glading commented that we may now finally close this chapter in our Organization’s history. As long expected, APFA has rightfully prevailed in these cases, which have distracted our focus and strained our treasury over several administrations. We may now concentrate fully on the task at hand, negotiating for our members the very best contract and recapturing what was sacrificed by our Flight Attendants.

Click Here to see the full text of the Court decisions.

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