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(5.31.24) Two weeks of intensive mediation at the National Mediation Board (NMB) offices in Washington, D.C., failed to produce an agreement with American Airlines. These sessions followed three weeks of mediation in DFW.  Per the request of the NMB, we cannot release particular details. We remain apart on the key economics of the deal plus the company’s completely unacceptable demand for scheduling concessions.

More information about the status of bargaining and the upcoming steps will be forthcoming.  We believe the Board will call the parties in for one last ditch effort in the next two weeks but that has not been set. We believe we will have more information from the NMB on Monday and will send an update. If we are unable to reach an agreement, the matter will be before the NMB to determine if we will be released. While these delays are frustrating, we also know that the company’s ability to stall these negotiations is rapidly reaching an end.

All Flight Attendants need to prepare for a strike. Strike handbooks will be mailed to your address on file with APFA.

Q&A: National Mediation Board (NMB) & Railway Labor Act (RLA)

The NMB is a U.S. government agency responsible for mediating labor disputes in the airline and railway industries. It plays a key role in facilitating negotiations between labor unions and airline management.

The federal mediator initially works with both parties to encourage dialogue and find common ground. The mediator does not have the authority to impose a settlement but aims to assist the parties in reaching a voluntary agreement. A request for release to the NMB is made by a labor union when negotiations with an airline reach an impasse. The request for a release is the union making the argument to the NMB that we are at impasse and should be released to strike. The decision however is up to the NMB.

If the NMB grants the release, a 30-day "cooling-off" period begins. During this period, a federal mediator from the NMB assists in negotiations. If an agreement is reached, it is subject to ratification by the Union members. If no agreement is reached, the process may proceed to further stages, including the possibility of self-help measures after the end of the cooling-off period.

Yes, we have scheduled negotiations dates April 9 - 11 and April 30 - May 2.

We anticipate continuing negotiations while we wait to hear back from the NMB, and it is possible that we could reach an agreement with management. However, this is not likely, given management's lack of movement at recent negotiation sessions.

The timeline can vary and there is no set duration. It depends on factors such as the complexity of the case and the willingness of the parties to negotiate. The process may involve several stages including mediation, a cooling-off period, and the potential involvement of a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB).

As you will notice, the letter requests a “proffer of arbitration” which is the actual wording the Railway Labor Act uses. Under the RLA, the Board proffers arbitration to both parties and when it is rejected that releases the parties into a thirty-day cooling off period. We, of course, have zero interest in arbitrating our contract and believe we need a strike deadline to force the company to settle this dispute.

Under the Railway Labor Act, once we are in mediation the NMB sets the timing and location of negotiations. Additionally, the ball is in the Company’s court so they can settle this contract at any point by passing a proposal which meets our needs.

No, we can only participate in a job action against the company after the 30-day cooling-off period has expired. Any job action prior would be considered illegal, and involved employees would face discipline and the Union could be held liable for any financial impact to the company. It is important to follow the direction of the Union during this critical time. Read Negotiations Update #28: Illegal Self-Help Tactics for more information

Under the RLA, we must request a "proffer for arbitration." However, one or both parties can agree to the arbitration request, which would begin a 30-day cooling off period. APFA has no intention of agreeing to binding arbitration.

Flight Attendants fall under the RLA because the RLA covers employees engaged in the transportation industry, including airlines.

Most private sector workers are covered under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the NLRA workers are able to strike once the contract expires. So recently auto workers and Hollywood actors and writers were able to strike without permission of the government. Airline and rail workers are governed by the RLA which has additional hoops we must go through before exercising our right to strike.

Negotiations Process Videos

APFA Requests Release from NMB

Why Do Negotiations Take So Long?

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Federal Mediation Begins

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The Importance of Being Dues Current

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Securing the Contract We Have Earned

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99.47% of participating Flight Attendants voted yes to authorize a strike!

“Today, we sent a clear message to American Airlines management: We are fired up and ready for a contract. They ignore this strike vote at their peril. Our contributions to the success of American Airlines must be recognized and respected.”
— APFA National President Julie Hedrick

Management now sees 26,000+ of us standing behind our Negotiating Committee. Thank you for taking the time to vote. Thank you to our fellow American employees and Union Siblings across airlines, occupations, and industries who joined our picket lines today. The #SolidaritySummer continues!

Read the August 30, 2023 Results Announcement Here

99.47% of participating Flight Attendants voted yes to authorize a strike!

“Today, we sent a clear message to American Airlines management: We are fired up and ready for a contract. They ignore this strike vote at their peril. Our contributions to the success of American Airlines must be recognized and respected.”
— APFA National President Julie Hedrick

Management now sees 26,000+ of us standing behind our Negotiating Committee. Thank you for taking the time to vote. Thank you to our fellow American employees and Union Siblings across airlines, occupations, and industries who joined our picket lines today. The #SolidaritySummer continues!

Read the August 30, 2023 Results Announcement Here

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6.14.24 – Negotiations Update #61: Negotiations Continue Next Week

This week, we continued our struggle for our contract at the National Mediation Board (NMB) offices in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of our mediation session, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su joined our talks with all three NMB members.

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6.13.24 – Negotiations Update #60: Negotiating Committee Update From Washington, D.C.

The National Mediation Board has directed the parties to continue bargaining tomorrow (Friday). Your Negotiating Committee continues our fight for a fair contract and will provide more details as they become available.

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6.12.24 – 32 U.S. Senators Urge NMB To Resolve Prolonged Contract Negotiations

Sen. Sanders and 31 Senators Call on National Mediation Board to End Delays and Allow Airline Workers to Strike If Agreements Can’t Be Reached. Today, 32 U.S. Senators wrote to the National Mediation Board (NMB)

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6.05.24 – Negotiations Update #59: Immediate Call To Action!/ APFA Board Of Directors Statement

Click here for an immediate call to action! Send a letter to CEO Robert Isom telling him that “My Union Speaks for Me!”.

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6.05.24 – Negotiations Update #58: Management Negotiates Directly With Flight Attendants

Yesterday afternoon, AA management approached APFA with a proposal to increase pay rates by 17%, effective June 1st, 2024, without reaching an agreement on our contract.

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6.03.24 – Negotiations Update #57: Negotiations Scheduled For The Week Of June 10th, 2024

As communicated last week, the National Mediation Board signaled that they would call APFA and American Airlines back to the table for a last-ditch effort in the next two weeks to try and come to a deal.

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5.31.24 – Negotiations Update #56: Intensive Mediation Concludes | Flight Attendants Prepare For A Strike

Two weeks of intensive mediation at the National Mediation Board (NMB) offices in Washington, D.C., failed to produce an agreement with American Airlines. These sessions followed three weeks of mediation in DFW.

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5.25.24 – Negotiations Update #55: Update from Washington, D.C.

Your negotiations team finished the first two days of intensive mediation at the National Mediation Board (NMB) offices in Washington, D.C. On Thursday morning, the parties held separate status conferences with the members of the NMB, followed by negotiations on Thursday and Friday.

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6.14.24 – Negotiations Update #61: Negotiations Continue Next Week

This week, we continued our struggle for our contract at the National Mediation Board (NMB) offices in Washington, D.C. At the beginning of our mediation session, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su joined our talks with all three NMB members.

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6.13.24 – Negotiations Update #60: Negotiating Committee Update From Washington, D.C.

The National Mediation Board has directed the parties to continue bargaining tomorrow (Friday). Your Negotiating Committee continues our fight for a fair contract and will provide more details as they become available.

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6.12.24 – 32 U.S. Senators Urge NMB To Resolve Prolonged Contract Negotiations

Sen. Sanders and 31 Senators Call on National Mediation Board to End Delays and Allow Airline Workers to Strike If Agreements Can’t Be Reached. Today, 32 U.S. Senators wrote to the National Mediation Board (NMB)

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Negotiating Committee

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Negotiations Attorney

Joe Burns

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Chairperson

Julie Hedrick
APFA National President
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Negotiator 1

Reese Cole
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Negotiator 2

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Negotiator 3

Kelly J. Hagan
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Negotiator 5

Brian Morgan
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Wendy Oswald
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Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
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APFA Events

Virtual Quarterly Membership Meeting – July 11

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

APFA Headquarters
1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

M-F: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Call APFA

Contract & Scheduling Desk
M-F: 7:00AM - 7:00PM (CT)
Phone: (817) 540-0108

Chat APFA

After-Hours Live Chat
M-F: 3:00PM - 11:00 PM (CT)
Sat-Sun: 9:00AM - 5:00PM (CT)

APFA Events

Virtual Quarterly Membership Meeting – July 11

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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