Wednesday, August 23, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Paul Hartshorn, Jr.
American Airlines Flight Attendant Union to Announce Strike Vote Results at Pickets Across U.S.
American’s 26,000+ Flight Attendants demand a new contract with improvements they’ve waited on for years; they head into Labor Day with pickets to demonstrate frustration with management.
EULESS, Texas (August 23rd, 2023) – On August 30th – the Wednesday before Labor Day – American Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), will hold a series of informational pickets at twelve Flight Attendant bases across the U.S. Announced at these pickets will be the results of the strike authorization vote, a crucial step toward striking. Contract negotiations with American Airlines have not produced a contract that includes the improvements to pay, onboard staffing, and quality of life that Flight Attendants need to see.
The Flight Attendant contract at American Airlines became amendable over four years ago. APFA has passed proposals on every section of its collective bargaining agreement. Further, the union has invoked the services of the National Mediation Board by filing for federal mediation, a necessary step to reach an agreement as outlined by Section 6 of the Railway Labor Act.
After the APFA Board of Directors authorized a strike authorization vote of the membership, the 26,000+ American Airlines Flight Attendants began voting for strike authorization on July 28th. The strike authorization would allow APFA to call a strike.
If the parties cannot reach agreement in federal mediation, the union could request to be released into a thirty-day cooling-off period, after which 26,000+ American Airlines Flight Attendants would be free to strike the world’s largest carrier.
“Labor Day should take on a whole new meaning for American Airlines management this year,” said Julie Hedrick, National President of APFA. “It’s long past time for significant increases in compensation and improvements to our working conditions. We are ready to bring these negotiations to a close, or we may be ready to strike.”
What: Results of the strike authorization vote announced to Flight Attendants as they picket in twelve cities across the U.S.
Who: Flight Attendants will eagerly await the results of the strike authorization vote, in which 26,000+ American Airlines Flight Attendants could make their voices heard as to whether APFA will continue down the path to a strike.
East Coast: (Boston, Charlotte, Washington National, NYC-LaGuardia, Orlando, Miami, Philadelphia): 1100-1300 ET.Central Time Zone: (Chicago/ O’Hare, Dallas/ Ft. Worth): 1000-1200 CT.
West Coast: (Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix): 1100-1300 PT.
BOS: New Location: Statehouse front steps/sidewalk, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02133
CLT: Charlotte/ Douglas International Airport, NW corner of Wilkinson Blvd/Josh Birmingham Pkwy intersection.
DCA: Washington National Airport, Terminal 2, ticketing level, North Terrace.
DFW: Dallas/ Ft. Worth International Airport, Terminal D, departures, door D40.
LAS: Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport, Terminal 1, level 1, near door #16
LAX: Los Angeles International Airport, between T4 & Tom Bradley terminal, departures level.
LGA: New York/ LaGuardia Airport, Terminal B arrivals/ parking area (outside, past the MTA bus pickups, near the corner of 94th Street).
MCO: Orlando International Airport, Terminal B, American Airlines curbside check-in.
MIA: Miami International Airport, Terminal D, upper level, Door 1.
ORD: Chicago/ O’Hare International Airport, Departures, between T2 and T3 sidewalk.
PHL: Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A West.
PHX: New Location: IAM Sky Harbor Lodge 2559, 2727 W. Baseline Rd., Suite 16, Tempe, AZ 85283