Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Negotiations Update #33
Management Returns Economic Proposal
We received management’s initial economic proposal at our last federally mediated session. As part of our transparent negotiations, we are including details of the proposal below.
The key elements of management’s proposal include:
- An eleven (11) percent wage increase on date of signing which matches the current Delta rates, which have a top rate of $76 per hour.
- Two (2) percent increases in the remaining years of the agreement with a five-year duration.
- Boarding pay at half of your hourly rate for each boarding period.
- Profit sharing increased (pool 10% up to $2.5B pretax and 20% above).
- 401(k) contribution increase from 3% to 5%.
- 401(k) match increase from 2.5% to 4%.
- Training and required travel day only pay increased from current $75 per day to $150 per day.
We view this as a starting proposal. We have much more bargaining to do before reaching an agreement. While the company moved in certain areas, many important issues remain unaddressed, and we are far apart on wages.
Although we remain far apart, 99.47% of the voting Membership authorized a strike if necessary, and we are determined to reach an agreement that meets the needs of American Airlines Flight Attendants. We will provide more information and analysis as we proceed in bargaining.
Details of the proposal are listed below along with APFA’s current position on economic matters.
Section 03- Compensation
3.A- Hourly Rates
- APFA proposal: 35% increase at date of signing at all pay steps; 6% yearly increase thereafter.
- Company proposal: 11% increase at date of signing at all pay steps; 2% yearly increase thereafter.
- Contract duration: APFA proposed three (3) years; company proposed five (5) years.
- APFA proposed signing bonus/ retroactivity; company not interested.
- APFA proposed increases after the amendable date; company not interested.
3.B- Reserve Guarantee
3.C- Premium Pay
3.D- Holding Time
3.F- International Pay (NIPD)
3.H- Drug Testing
3.I- Foreign Language Speaker Premium Pay
3.J- Holiday/Incentive Pay
(New) Boarding Pay
(New) Night Pay
(New) Reserve Override Pay
(New) Black Flag Pay (in addition to Red Flag pay)
Section 04- Expenses
4.A- Per Diem
4.C- Crew Meals
Section 08- Vacation
Section 8.A- Vacation Accrual
8.B- Vacation Pay and Credit
Section 09- Sick Leave
9.C- Sick Leave Accrual
Section 26- Insurance, Retirement, and Other Benefits
- Increases in health care premiums capped at 6% per year. (company not interested)
26.D.5- Sick Leave Bank Upon Retirement
26.G- 401(k) Contribution/Match
Section 29- Training
Section 29.E.- Training Pay
Training and required travel day only pay:
Web-Based Training (WBT):
New- Profit Sharing
Our next week of federal mediation is scheduled for September 19th-21st in DFW.
For more details on company and union proposals, visit the negotiations statuspage.
Continue to wear your red WAR pin and red lanyard throughout the negotiation process. Management knows we are unified, and that gives us power at the bargaining table.
Your APFA Negotiating Committee
Kelly J. Hagan
Joe Burns, Lead Negotiating Attorney