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Phase 2

Prior To Strike

After exhausting all efforts to reach an agreement, (Phase 1) APFA will call for a strike.

Do we automatically go on strike after the 30-day cooling-off period ends?

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 decide the type of strike, the commencement date, and the duration of a strike. APFA members have already authorized the Union to call for a strike with the historic strike authorization vote in August 2023 (99.47%).

How will I know if we are on strike?

Once a strike is called, you will receive immediate and ongoing notifications via APFA hotlines, APFA text messaging system and phone calls from the Strike Center. Therefore, it is important to have your information updated on APFA website.

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 to 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”

Can I be fired or replaced if I participate in any strike actions?

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.

What are “permanent” or “temporary” workers?

Under the RLA, management can put in place “permanent” and “temporary” replacement workers during a strike. If management uses replacement workers, they must complete the FAA-required training for American Airlines Flight Attendants before they can work on AA aircraft. A “permanent” replacement is hired to fill a vacancy with no indication that the job or assignment will terminate once the strike is ended. “Permanent” replacement workers must have completed training and taken a revenue trip or have completed an initial operating experience (I.O.E.) before the end of the strike to qualify as an “employee” under the Railway Labor Act. “Temporary” replacement workers are given no assurance of continued employment beyond the duration of the strike.

Will I be fired if I go on strike and I’m on probation?

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. In addition, per Section 21.A.1, the probationary period cannot be extended unless on a nonpay status for more than 16 days.

What is a SCAB?

When an employer calls in outside replacement workers or when a worker betrays their co-workers by crossing a picket line, they undermine the power of the strike by allowing business to continue as usual, leaving only the workers to suffer the consequences. A SCAB is someone who crosses the picket line and goes to work during a strike. Under APFA’s Constitution Article VII, Section 1.C, a SCAB, also called strikebreakers, may be fined, suspend, 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. A SCAB is also someone who purposely takes a leave of absence or uses sick/FMLA (medical SCAB) to avoid going on strike.

Types of Strikes

Full-on Strike

All Flight Attendants would withhold their services until the company agrees to an agreement. All Flight Attendants are expected to be on strike at base and on layovers at the same time until notified by APFA that the strike is over. Full strikes could have a limited duration. If you are on company property when a strike is called, leave the premises and join the picket line.

Intermittent Strikes

An intermittent strike is a calculated tactic orchestrated to apply pressure on management and keep them guessing at every turn. These strategic work stoppages come in various forms, each designed to disrupt operations. Intermittent strikes can happen anywhere, at any time. We may choose to strike by:

  • Base
  • Non-base city (on layover or outstation)
  • Specific flight(s)
  • Departure time(s)
  • Specific aircraft type

If your flight is impacted, you will receive direct communication from APFA’s Strike Command Center with further instructions. (Please be sure to update your information on the APFA website.)

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).

When will we know what type of strike APFA is planning?

Members won’t know the type of strike action until the last minute. The key to any successful strike is to keep management guessing what the Union and their members will do next. The RLA gives the Union discretion on what actions they can take. Be assured, you will be well informed when it comes time to strike and what is expected of you.

All Flight Attendants should prepare to go on strike. Use the resources provided in this book and APFA.org/Strike. The sooner we plan for a strike, the less stressful it will be.

APFA will notify you when strike actions are called. A strike might not be called immediately after the cooling-off period has concluded.

Examples of Flight Attendant Strikes

American Airlines Flight Attendants’ Full-On Strike of 1993

On November 18, 1993, more than 90% of 21,000 American Airlines Flight Attendants walked off the job in solidarity for a fair contract, just days before the busy Thanksgiving travel holiday. The walkout disrupted holiday travel plans for over 200,000 travelers each day. Five days into the walkout, President Bill Clinton announced that American Airlines and APFA agreed to binding arbitration to resolve the dispute.

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants’ Intermittent Strike of 1993

During the Alaska Airlines intermittent strike, 24 Flight Attendants struck seven flights over a nine-month period without notice to management. Management had a variety of approaches when attempting to respond to their strikes. Some of the Flight Attendants were held out of service with pay and allowed to return to service weeks later. Other Flight Attendants were told they were permanently replaced, but were brought back from the recall list a few weeks later before the Union could litigate the legitimacy of their use of replacements. Finally, Alaska management suspended a group of intermittent strikers and told them they would be held out of service without pay until the strike was over. The courts ruled that these latter suspensions were illegal and ordered Alaska Airlines to reinstate those Flight Attendants with back pay.

Phase 2 Checklist

APFA will inform you when we obtain a release into a 30-day cooling-off period. Below are tasks you should complete during the cooling-off period to prepare for a strike. Download Printable Checklists and Strike Preparedness List

While at Work

  • Remove all personal belongings from AA property, such as luggage stored in Ops.

Medical

  • Schedule medical/dental appointments prior to the strike deadline.

  • Fill or refill a 90-day supply of prescription medicine.

Travel

  • Communicate with individuals on your travel privileges prior to strike deadline and make travel plans accordingly. Assume your travel benefits will be turned off.

  • Download apps for hotels, shared rides, etc., should you be away from home and called on to strike.

  • Assume your travel benefits will be turned off when we strike. Explore options for your return home if you have a layover and are called upon to strike. (Excluding non-rev, AA20, ZED travel, reciprocal cabin jump seat)

  • If flying internationally, ensure you have all pertinent information for U.S. embassies and consulates. This information can also be found on the Strike Resources page

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Phone: (817) 540-0108

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APFA Events

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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

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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