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10.23.14 – (LAA/LUS) APFA Press Release ” AA Flight Attendants Set to Capitalize on Carrier’s Profits”

APFA Press Release
AA Flight Attendants Set to Capitalize on Carrier’s Profits


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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 23, 2014) – American reported its third quarter earnings this morning and the news, as expected, was good. As predicted, the new American is already competing with Delta, which posted earnings last week, and United which also released its Q3 earnings today.

“We knew that if American had a chance to merge with US Airways we’d be able to compete. And now flight attendants, with an industry leading T/A, are first in line to reap all of those benefits,” said APFA National President Laura Glading.

APFA members are currently voting on a Tentative Agreement (“T/A”) which would become the contract for the combined flight attendant work group at the new American and the richest in the industry. The agreement contains $193 million in annual improvements, including a $50 million credit for profit sharing.

“There’s more money in this T/A than any of our competitors’ contracts in the industry – including those with even the most generous profit sharing arrangements. This T/A is worth $50 million more annually than Delta’s compensation. That’s over $2,000 per Flight Attendant every year over the life of the Agreement,” said Glading.

As part of its agreement to force the merger, APFA agreed to an expedited negotiations process with a backstop of binding arbitration. The goal was to avoid the pitfalls that beset other airline mergers.

“We fought hard to get the merger done and we’re the most important marketing asset this company has. We told management the way to labor peace was through an industry-leading contract and that’s what the T/A delivers,” said Glading.

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ABOUT APFA: The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, founded in 1977, represents the more than 24,000 flight attendants at American Airlines. In November 2011, American’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Throughout the bankruptcy trial, APFA President Laura Glading served on the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee where she advocated for the American Airlines Flight Attendants. In February 2013, American and US Airways announced their intention to combine the carriers and on December 9, 2013, AA exited bankruptcy and the merger was final. Achieving a merger inside bankruptcy is unprecedented in the industry and would not have occurred without the efforts of American’s labor unions, particularly APFA.

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