This is APFA National Communications Coordinator, Jeff Pharr, with a Special Hotline Update from Washington D.C for Tuesday, October 19, 2010.
Earlier today, APFAís President Laura Glading and Negotiating Table Team made a presentation to the National Mediation Board’s (NMB) Chief of Staff, Dan Rainey, and Director of Mediation, Larry Gibbons. The presentation consisted of what has transpired over the past two years and also recapped what has happened over the last five months in the industry that could affect negotiations.
We explained that after two and one-half years of negotiations, the Team and our Membership are incredibly frustrated. That frustration will continue to build until we know there is an end in sight. For that to occur the NMB must put pressure on the company by releasing us into the 30-day cooling off period. We also pointed out that American is the only party benefiting from these protracted negotiations as they continue to save $1M a day in Flight Attendant sacrifices.
Mr. Rainey and Mr. Gibbons assured us that they would be briefing the three members of the Board about our meeting and making a recommendation regarding our request for a release. Unfortunately, they had no idea how soon they would be meeting with the Board members or how soon thereafter the members would respond to their recommendation.
As soon as we hear anything from the NMB, it will be reported via this Hotline.