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Strike FAQ

No. All members, including those on probation, have a legal right to strike under the provisions of the Railway Labor Act. You cannot be fired or disciplined for striking. All members, both off and on probation, will be expected to participate in any strike called by the Union. You will have to strike or you will be a SCAB.

Based on the Railway Labor Act, after five years of negotiations and not getting the contract we deserve, we are entitled to self-help after the 30-day cooling-off period. One of the effective self-help tools is to strike. This shows management we stand in solidarity and demand an industry-leading contract.

Yes, if both parties agree to meet.

Strikes are a way for workers to leverage their collective power to bring attention to their grievances and negotiate with their employers for better working conditions.

Robert Isom earned $31.4 million, which is 1,162 times of new-hire flight attendant’s yearly salary. Upper management received promotions and bonuses. American Airlines upgraded the catering facility, purchased 260 aircraft and established new headquarters. No, American Airlines will not go bankrupt if we go on strike. It is time to show American Airlines to invest in its front-line workers.

The We Are Ready (WAR) campaign was established in 2023, and membership overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike (99.47%). This strike handbook will be your guide to prepare you for every phase of the process. We have established a strike page with all the necessary information and a Strike Command Center to assist you. Contact your local base Strike Coordinator to learn how you can get involved!

APFA membership voted in 2023 to authorize a strike (99.47%). After the 30-day cooling-off period, APFA leadership will communicate the commencement date of the strike and the type of strike via APFA hotlines, text messaging, and phone calls. Please be sure to have your information updated on APFA.org.

APFA leadership will communicate the commencement date of the strike and the type of strike via APFA hotlines, text messaging, and phone calls. Please be sure to have your information updated on APFA.org.

The strike type will be communicated via APFA hotlines, text messaging, and phone calls. Please be sure to have your information updated on APFA.org.

No, please stand by and wait for the communication from APFA. A strike can be called at ANY TIME after the 30-day cooling-off period ends. APFA leadership will communicate the commencement date of the strike and the type of strike via APFA hotlines, text messaging, and phone calls. Please be sure to have your information updated on APFA.org.

Depending on when we are released and the strike strategy, it is possible. Please stay tuned for all the information in hotlines.

Please wear your red lanyard and WAR pin (above the wings) and display the “Ready to Strike” bag tag. Share the APFA social media graphics or information with your friends and family. Every picket we hold is a chance for media attention to get our message out. The louder our collective voices are, the stronger our solidarity is in pressuring the company to give us the contract we deserve.

The only official communication regarding the strike will be from APFA via APFA hotlines, text messaging, and phone calls. Please do not accept any information from management or social media. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Strike Command Center.

If a strike has been called, please professionally inform your supervisor that you are exercising your legal right to strike, and interfering with your legal right is against federal law. DO NOT engage in arguments and withdraw from the conversation. Please get the supervisor’s name and contact the strike coordinator/ center. Please DO NOT go to work, or you will be a SCAB.

No. It is against American Airlines policy to call in sick; if you are not ill, you can be terminated for abusing the sick system. In addition, if you call in sick during a strike, you will be considered a medical SCAB.

The APFA Policy Manual Section 16.A.5 states “No dues obligation shall accrue for an APFA member for any month in which a strike action in which that member participates exceeds 14 days of that month.”

No, you cannot be fired for engaging in a legal strike action authorized by the Union. However, APFA DOES NOT condone violence against or harassment toward anyone for any reason. All members must always conduct themselves in a professional manner, including during a strike. Any inappropriate behavior could result in termination.

Based on past experience, management will most likely cancel all personal leaves and vacations before a strike deadline. Management will attempt to contact anyone on such leave or vacation by all means possible. Please get in touch with the local strike coordinator to join the pick line. You DO NOT NEED to contact management to inform them that you will be exercising your legal right to strike.

If the strike is declared, DO NOT go to work, or set foot on company premises aside from participating in activities on the picket line. You do not have to contact the company and inform them you are going on strike. Please join a picket line and offer support.

Again, if the strike is declared, DO NOT go to work or set foot on company premises aside from participating in activities on the picket line. You do not have to contact the company and inform them you are going on strike. Please join the picket line and offer support.

No. The company cannot punish you for exercising your legal right to strike. You will not receive any attendance and/or performance points for legally striking.

DO NOT pick up the phone. Instead, plan on joining a picket line and offering support.

DO NOT report to the airport if you are on a domestic layover. You will have to leave the company-paid hotel. You DO NOT need to answer phone calls from crew scheduling or management. Coordinate with your crew to make plans to get home. Once you return home, please join a picket line, and offer support.

There are no extra funds available for APFA to pay the travel expenses for all striking Flight Attendants. Please start saving up for the travel funds should you be away from home and called on to strike.

Your strike will begin when you land on U.S. soil. If you continue to work after your flight lands on U.S. soil, you will be considered a SCAB.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are considered domestic. Please coordinate with your fellow crewmembers to get home. DO NOT work on any flights or you will be considered a SCAB.

If a strike has been called, please professionally inform your supervisor that you are exercising your legal right to strike, and interfering with your legal right is against Federal law. DO NOT engage in argument and withdraw from the conversation. You will have support from APFA’s Strike Command Center or the local strike coordinator.

No. Based on past experience, please assume all your travel benefits will be revoked when we strike. You will not be able to access any employee travel benefits.

Under the RLA, management can put in place permanent replacement workers during a strike. If management uses permanent replacement workers, they must complete the FAA-required training for American Airlines Flight Attendants before they can work on AA aircraft. All replacement workers will have to complete required training and taken a revenue trip or I.O.E before the end of strike to qualified as an “employee” under the Railway Labor Act. It will be impossible for American Airline to hire 27,000 replacement flight attendants in such a short time.

No, you will not lose your seniority. However, depending on how long the strike lasts, seniority might not be accrued during the strike period.

The President of the United States may establish a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) of the NMB to investigate and issue a report regarding the dispute. The PEB can make non-binding recommendations to attempt a settlement. PEBs are 30 days in duration. If no agreement is reached during the PEB, an additional 30-day cooling-off period is issued, and super mediation continues.

You will betray your co-workers by crossing a picket line; it undermines the strike’s power by allowing business to continue as usual, leaving only the workers to suffer the sequences. As a SCAB under APFA’s Constitution, Article VII, Section 1.C you may be fined, suspended, or expelled from the Union. Those who have SCABbed in the past have found their SCABbing has ostracized them from the Flight Attendant community for their flying careers.

The majority of Flight Attendants walked out in 1993, resulting in a fiveday strike. Remember, solidarity is power; we must all strike to have the same impact as the last strike. There is no definitive answer as to how long the strike will last; therefore, please have a personal strike fund saved in case it goes longer than a few days.

You have the option of continuing coverage. Please refer to the COBRA Questions and Answers section of this handbook for complete instructions.

Currently, only New York and New Jersey allow workers to collect unemployment while on strike. If you are based in those states, please seek more information on the state unemployment web page.

APFA will send out a hotline. If you have any questions or need verification, please contact the Strike Command Center.

APFA will negotiate a back-to-work agreement with management. During that time, please stay up to date with official communications from APFA.

DO NOT initiate any discussion with passengers. When a strike is called, please see Phase 3 for detailed information. Please remember all passengers will need to deplane to avoid a violation of minimum crew.

Please continue to acknowledge your reserve assignment on Crew Portal. You DO NOT need to notify management or crew scheduling that you are on strike.

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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

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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