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Today, the National Mediation Board issued its determination that American and US Airways constitute a single transportation system (single carrier) for purposes of union representation of the Flight Attendant craft or class. This finding comes after APFA and AFA jointly filed a single carrier application, pursuant to the Agreement on Bargaining and Representation (ABR) that the unions reached late last year. With today’s decision, the 24,000 Flight Attendants have moved one giant step closer to being united as APFA members.
“Once again, we see our hard work paying off. The NMB’s quick and decisive investigation indicates that the unions and the company have worked together to make this merger a success,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “Flight Attendants in particular saw the problems that beset other mergers and found a way to avoid them. Now we’re well on our way to an industry-leading contact and the opportunity to share in the new American’s success.”
All that remains is a required 30-day period, beginning today, during which another union may file an application supported by a showing of interest of at least 50% of the combined workgroup. We’re confident that won’t happen. Per the ABR, AFA has already informed the National Mediation Board that it does not seek to be the representative, and Flight Attendants can expect APFA to be certified as the representative of all Flight Attendants at the new American soon after the 30-day period closes. AFA will continue to administer the current AFA-US Airways contract until a joint collective bargaining agreement is reached. After that, AFA will continue processing outstanding grievances that arose under the AFA-US Airways contract.
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