This is Leslie Mayo, National Communications Coordinator, with an APFA Hotline Update for Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
Today APFA and management met in the DFW area for a second day of talks. Negotiations are scheduled to conclude tomorrow and we will update you with information as it becomes available.
During AA’s bankruptcy, it has been made evident that the company cannot tolerate the test of time as a standalone airline should AA succeed in exiting bankruptcy without a merge. APFA’s goal is to ensure our members’ careers during these negotiations. After extensive research by our professionals as well as the pilots’ and TWU professionals, along with Wall Street Analysts nationwide, all signs point to a bright future that combines the networks of AA and US Airways. The combined network and synergies alone are hailed as a huge positive and it would be irresponsible to ignore this fact. If we negotiate with a short term focus of simply exiting bankruptcy, with AA as a standalone plan while ignoring the importance of a possible merge with US Airways, we will be doing so under the same management style and plan that we have been operating under since 2003. You can be sure we will be right back in bankruptcy in a few short years. To that end, please stay close to the APFA Hotline and our web site for up-to-date information. BE INFORMED!
Ballots were mailed on Wednesday, June 26, 2012 to flight attendants based at IOR for the position of Vice Chairperson. Voting is open from 10am CT June 26 thru 10am CT July 26, 2012. All votes must be cast by 10am CT July 26, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact the National Ballot Committee at 817-540-0108 x8311 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APFA is planning a lobby day on Capitol Hill on July 18, 2012. APFA members in good standing are invited to participate. Our elected officials remain keenly interested in the AMR bankruptcy.
If you are in the Washington D.C. area or can get there by plane, train, or automobile, put on your tattered blue uniform and join us! It will be a full day on the Hill, beginning with a kick off meeting and briefing at 0830. Wrap up and reception will take place that afternoon/evening. It is important that you RSVP for planning purposes, as space is limited. We will send out an agenda and details once finalized. RSVP by Wednesday July 11, 2012, to Liz Marko or Julie Frederick .
That’s it for now. Thank you for calling the APFA Hotline.