Monday, November 27, 2023
Solidarity and Speaking with One Voice
As we move forward with our fight for the contract we deserve at American Airlines, we will face many challenges and opportunities. One thing is clear: by a 99.47% strike vote, we demonstrated to management that we are united in seeking a fair contract and a recognition of the worth we bring to this carrier. We are the face of American Airlines, and through COVID, we kept this operation running and, in reality, saved this airline. We know how to come together and make things work.
But we also know we are 27,000 Flight Attendants with varying opinions and ideas. We welcome them all. That’s why, for the first time, with the full support and encouragement of the elected base presidents, we opened up our bargaining process, believing in transparency. We have included all Flight Attendants every step of the way, from our opening proposals to our latest comprehensive pass. This contract belongs to all of us, and we all have an equal say in our future.
We are up against a company that operates very differently, and we need to fight smart. As we move towards a release, we must speak with one voice. One thing we can agree on is regardless of our views, we are all Flight Attendants– we understand the importance of unity.
Every action we have taken, from our strike vote to securing a release from the National Mediation Board (NMB), is based on discussion and analysis with experts. Our strategy includes thorough consultation with your base leadership and a broad grouping of rank-and-file activists comprising your contract action team.
We are asserting our right to strike and will continue to make clear to the company and the federal government that we need significant improvements. Our comprehensive campaign involves a media strategy, a political strategy, and direct action to pressure our employer to do the right thing and recognize our worth.
As we move forward, things are going to intensify. We encourage all Flight Attendants to check our official sources for information and to send feedback through official channels, through your base presidents, contract action team, and negotiators. Especially when it comes to actions, whether it be how to approach the NMB or any form of what can be considered self-help.
We are confident in our strategy and our cause. One of our slogans is always to believe in the Members, which applies here. The commitment and solidarity displayed by all 27,000 of us inspire the industry and the entire Labor Movement. By acting together and staying strong, we will prevail.
Continue to wear your red WAR pin, red lanyard, and bag tags until we secure the contract we’ve earned.
Your APFA Negotiating Committee
Kelly J. Hagan
Joe Burns, Lead Negotiating Attorney