CONGRESSWOMAN MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI) INTRODUCES AIRLINE FIRST RESPONDER WORKPLACE FAIRNESS ACT
For Immediate Release
January 25, 2012
Contact: Julie Fredrick (817) 437-8830
(Euless, TX) APFA and members of the Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions are proud to announce Congresswoman Mazie Hirono’s Airline First Responder Workplace Fairness Act (HR 3824). Today, Ms. Hirono introduced legislation that promotes fairness and safety for flight attendants. APFA President Laura Glading said, “This is legislation APFA leadership has been pushing for and helping to draft for some time, and its introduction in the House represents a major victory over management on the subject of Flight Attendant fatigue. This is significant legislation because it continues to recognize the incredibly important role we play on board the aircraft as first responders. Congresswoman Hirono’s bill is a testament to APFA’s efforts on Capitol Hill and our active participation in the Coalition.”
APFA is the first union to endorse Ms. Hirono in her bid for U.S. Senate.† Ms. Hinoro is leading the polls for the open Senate seat from Hawaii and that lead continues to grow.
About APFA – Founded in 1977, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is the largest independent Flight Attendant union in the nation. It represents more than 16,000 Flight Attendants at American Airlines. APFA Members live in almost every state of the nation and serve millions of Americans as they travel the nation and the world. In 2003, APFA played a major role in keeping American Airlines solvent and out of bankruptcy by giving back an employee bailout of $340 million in annual salary and benefits, for a total of over $2 billion and counting. APFA had been in negotiations with American for almost four years when the carrier filed for chapter 11-bankruptcy protection on November 29, 2011. Laura Glading is serving in her first four-year term as president of the union.
Bankruptcy Update – January 25, 2012
The National Mediation Board (NMB) has notified the Unions of a meeting scheduled with American. The NMB has requested that APA, APFA, TWU and the company meet in Dallas on Wednesday February 1, 2012.
We will provide additional information via this hotline as it becomes available.