Thursday, January 25, 2024
Last week, APFA National President Julie Hedrick submitted a letter to the National Mediation Board (NMB) stating that contract negotiations are at an impasse and Flight Attendants should be free to strike American Airlines. Read the letter to the NMB here.
This week, the NMB responded, acknowledged receipt of the letter, and gave the company until February 2nd to respond to our request. The Board also agreed to APFA’s request for a status conference with APFA and American Airlines. The Board set the status conference on March 13th, 2024, at the NMB offices in Washington, D.C. At this meeting, APFA will be able to further make our case for a release directly to all three Board members.
Under the status quo provisions of the Railway Labor Act, both parties must continue negotiating. Our next scheduled meetings with the company are the week of February 5th, 2024.
In the meantime, we must keep our fight at the forefront of the media and the traveling public. Make a plan to join our February 13th Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action picketing event and RSVP here. The current industry standard economic framework does not address our economic needs, and 100,000+ Flight Attendants standing in solidarity will send a resounding message to all airline management, our elected officials, and the public.
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