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Phase 1

Obtaining Release & 30-Day Cooling-off Period

Obtaining Release & 30-Day Cooling-off Period

Proffer of Arbitration

When the NMB believes that further mediation efforts will not result in an agreement, it issues a proffer of arbitration, which is an offer to the parties to arbitrate any remaining issues. If either party rejects the proffer of arbitration, the NMB will release the parties from mediation into a 30-day cooling-off period. It is APFA’s stance that arbitration is not an option in these negotiations as the terms and conditions of employment for American Airlines Flight Attendants should be determined through a ratified collective bargaining agreement, not by an outside party.

30-Day Cooling-off Period

If a proffer of arbitration is rejected by either party, a 30-day cooling-off period begins. During this period, neither Union nor management can engage in self-help actions.

Super Mediation

During the 30-day cooling-off period, the parties will continue to negotiate in a format known as “super mediation.” These mediated negotiations are more intensive and involved in an attempt to reach an agreement during the 30-day cooling-off period. This mediation is facilitated by the NMB. Either party may enter self-help any time after the initial 30-day coolingoff period ends if the President of the United States does not establish a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB).

Presidential Emergency Board (PEB)

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.

Can I engage in my own version of “self-help”?
No. Self-help would be considered any action that harms the company’s revenue stream prior to an official strike announcement. It is critically important that each member not engage or promote non-Union sanctioned activities. Any rogue actions by any member could interfere with negotiations and potentially put their job at risk. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Calling for the stoppage of credit card sales
  • Calling for others to increase their write-ups of mechanicals
  • Encouraging others to not pick up trips from TTS/UBL or to call in sick
  • Using phrases such as “Work to Rule”/Know Your Contract”

What to Expect from Management

Prior to a strike deadline, American Airlines management may attempt the following:

  • Reassure the traveling public that their travel plans will not be impacted.
  • State their intention to shut down the airline rather than let the Flight Attendants take control of the airline’s schedule with intermittent strikes. This may be a tactic by the company to have the government step in with a possible Presidential Emergency Board extension to the cooling-off
    period.
  • Negotiate directly with the Flight Attendants to sidestep negotiating with the Union. Expect management to use tools such as Facebook live events, meetings with inflight crew managers and messages from company leaders. It is important to send a clear message to the company that they need to negotiate directly with the Union. “My Union speaks for ME.”
  • Publish employment opportunities for hiring Flight Attendants in the event of a strike. They may go as far as to state that Flight Attendant positions will not be there for striking Flight Attendants to return to in the event of a strike. This is not true.
  • Use intimidation tactics such a fictitious anti-Union newsletters and social media posts and pages to confuse Flight Attendants on the outstanding issues.

It is important to remember that under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), we will only be able to strike after a 30-day cooling-off period has expired. During this time, it is critically important to remain up to date on the status of negotiations and where we are in the process of a release to strike.

Phase 1 Checklist

Below are some tasks you should complete within the next few weeks to prepare for a potential strike. Completing these tasks will ensure that you’re prepared for when we receive a release from the National Mediation Board (NMB). Download Printable Checklists and Strike Preparedness List

Update Your Contact Information with APFA Immediately

  • Ensure you can log onto the APFA.org website. Reset your password, if needed, and store the password in a safe place.

  • Once logged into APFA.org, ensure your address, phone number(s), and personal email address are correct.

Financial

  • Consolidate high-interest debit/credit cards to lower interest accounts.

  • Apply for “Union-friendly” credit cards that have provisions concerning payments in the event of a strike.

  • Reconsider “big ticket” items in the event of a strike.

Stay informed

While at work

  • Refrain from any discussion with passengers regarding the strike or making any negative remarks about American Airlines

  • Wear your Union-issued red lanyard, red pins (above the wings) and use your bag tags to show solidarity with your fellow flight attendants.

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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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