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3.14.12 – (LAA) – 1113 Terms Sheet Discussions, Firing of Gailen David

The 1113 Terms Sheet discussions with NMB and the Company resumed yesterday afternoon at F/U.

The discussions yesterday centered on Retiree Medical.

Yesterday, was the first day of our scheduled nine (9) days of negotiations. We continue to have our economic and financial advisors dissect the company’s term sheet cost outs and have scheduled meetings this week on this topic.

Last week APFA as well as TWU and APA requested binding arbitration from the NMB. On Monday the NMB sent a letter to AA requesting comments regarding the request. The company has until 4:00 pm ET on March 19 to provide comments.

We will keep you updated with any new developments.

Gailen David, who has recently become something of a folk hero within the APFA community, was fired this afternoon.

Since bankruptcy, Gailen has taken to the Internet to make a series of satiric videos.

Apparently management does not see them as humorous but rather considers them as grounds to invoke Rule #24 which states, “Consider the welfare of the Company and your fellow employees. Perform no act that is detrimental to either.”

APFA will continue to support Gailen, as we would any Flight Attendant who the Company has unjustly terminated. In fact, during the APFA convention two weeks ago the Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting him.

The following is an excerpt of that resolution:

WHEREAS, against this extraordinary background Flight Attendants have the need and the right to express their concerns and criticism of the Company business model and misguided operation; and

WHEREAS, all workers and managers must respect the industrial free speech rights of our Flight Attendants and other co-workers; and

WHEREAS, the APFA must vigorously defend such rights,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the APFA provide full legal and institutional support to member Gailen David and any others who appropriately exercise their speech rights in an attempt to promote dialogue regarding the critical situation that Flight Attendants are facing at American Airlines utilizing respectful Parody or serious discourse.

(The full resolution will be added to the APFA website at a later date in accordance with Policy Manual time limits.)

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