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5.10.13 – (LAA) – MOU Transition-Agreement Discussions Continue, AMR Seeks Approval for APA and TWU Memorandum of Understanding, Tablet Training Reminder, No More LBFO on Bankruptcy Exit


APFA Hotline – May 10, 2013

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The AFA-CWA and APFA MOU teams met yesterday in Washington, DC to further prepare for bargaining of the four-party Memorandum of Understanding/Transition Agreement with US Airways and American Airlines. The four-party MOU discussions will commence May 21-23 in Dallas.


This week, AMR filed a motion in bankruptcy court seeking approval for MOUs reached by APA and TWU. Unlike APA and TWU, APFA did not use the CBA reached with AMR during the bankruptcy as the template for the contract that will apply after American exits bankruptcy. Instead, APFA negotiated an agreement with US Airways in April 2012 that will go into effect after AMR is no longer in bankruptcy and merges with US Airways.  In recognizing that this will be the controlling agreement post-bankruptcy, and while a new industry agreement is negotiated, American in its motion to approve the TWU and APA agreements states it “has reviewed” the APFA-US Airways agreement and believes it is “appropriate and will promote the efficient integration of the airlines.”

As a reminder the company has announced its intentions to begin QI removals on a trip by trip basis beginning in June for those FAs who have not completed tablet training.  Once training has been completed please ensure code 25 has been added to your HI*9.


(This item will be repeated frequently until we exit bankruptcy)

Wondering where we came from, where we are now and where we are headed once we exit bankruptcy? Here’s a quick review:
November 29, 2011 – AMR filed for bankruptcy
February 1, 2012 – AMR introduced the Section 1113 contractual cuts it was seeking on all three AA labor groups
July 20, 2012 – APFA Executive Committee votes to send LBFO to membership for ratification as part of merger strategy
August 19, 2012 – APFA membership ratifies LBFO, paving way for merger deal
October 1, 2012 – LBFO goes into effect
February 14, 2013 – AA/US Airways merger announced
3Q 2013 – AMR is expected to exit bankruptcy. This means that the AA Flight Attendants will have lived under bankruptcy cuts for approximately one year (10/1/12 LBFO to Fall 2013 BK exit). This is the shortest amount of time any flight attendant workgroup will have had to live under a contract in bankruptcy.
3Q 2013 (Post-BK) – AA Flight Attendants begin working under the Bridge Agreement APFA negotiated with US Airways last Spring. Review the items that will begin to be restored once we exit. 
2014 – Bargaining for an industry contract begins once single-carrier petition is granted.

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