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11.28.23 – Negotiations Update #42: NMB Denies Request for Release

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

NMB Denies Request for Release

At this time, the National Mediation Board (NMB) has denied our request for release into a 30-day cooling-off period. The Railway Labor Act (RLA) is supposed to protect us, yet here we are, fighting tooth and nail for what we rightfully deserve.

We strongly disagree with this decision. The Company has had our economic proposal since March, and has refused to respond to our comprehensive counter proposals since September. They have been stonewalling us, offering nothing but a single, rigid economic framework that does not address our current economic needs. This is not negotiations; it is a mockery of our efforts.

American Airlines management thinks they can evade the issue, but they are mistaken. We will intensify our pressure on the company but also assert our rights under the RLA. Rather than do the right thing for the Flight Attendants, the company is attempting to drag out bargaining. We are not backing down! 

Over the last twenty years, the NMB has only released two groups of airline workers. As we have stated previously, we believe that the standard applied serves to benefit employers and is not consistent with the provisions or intent of the Railway Labor Act.

We have a right to strike under the Railway Labor Act. For far too long, airline management has exploited workers, funneling profits into their own pockets. The Railway Labor Act was meant to protect us, the workforce, yet it’s been twisted into a tool for corporate greed. 

The NMB indicated that our mediation session scheduled for December 12th-14th will take place as scheduled. If they fail again to present a realistic proposal to resolve these negotiations, we will reiterate our request to be released.

Unity is our greatest weapon. Let us direct our collective anger where it truly belongs – at the feet of American Airlines management. 


Continue to wear your red WAR pin, red lanyard, and bag tags until we secure the contract we’ve earned.

In Solidarity,

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