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American Flight Attendants Kick Off Bargaining on Heels of Strong Q1 Earnings Report
“What’s good news for American is great news for Flight Attendants,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “As the face of this airline, we will continue to work hard to make the company a success. [American CEO] Doug Parker knows that, and I feel confident that we’ll reach an agreement that recognizes the Flight Attendants’ contribution and commitment to the new American.”
“Today’s record-breaking earnings for the new American Airlines is monumental for both our airline and our Flight Attendants,” said Roger Holmin, AFA-MEC President. “The Flight Attendants at American Airlines deserve a record-breaking contract, which reflects our contributions in making this merger a reality. This contract should set our 24,000 Flight Attendants apart and establish us well above the rest of the industry.”
APFA was one of the earliest and most vocal supporters of the American-US Airways merger, predicting that the combined airline would be better able to compete with network carriers United and Delta. Indeed, that has so far been the case as American outperformed both those carriers, as well as Southwest, in the first quarter. Previously, American’s best Q1 was in 1998 when then-parent company AMR reported $290 million in earnings. Flight Attendants at the new American are seeking an industry-leading joint collective bargaining agreement that recognizes their prominent role in the company’s success.
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