American Airlines Flight Attendants Welcome Merger Announcement
Labor Plays Key Role in Creating Nation’s Largest Airline
EULESS, Texas -- February 14, 2013
The Association of Professional Flight Attendants enthusiastically welcomed
today’s announcement that American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to a
APFA President Laura Glading said, “It’s been a long, tough road but the
result is well worth it. Today’s announcement proves that everyone benefits
when labor has a seat at the table. The new American will provide job security
and fair compensation and benefits for all employees. It will also be a great
option for the traveling public. I'm looking forward to working with our new
colleagues as our companies’ operations and cultures combine. Flight
attendants are eager to help build a strong and competitive airline and
restore American’s prominence.”
In April of 2012, four months after American Airlines filed for bankruptcy
protection, its unions announced that they had reached agreements with the
management of US Airways in the event of a merger. APFA quickly recognized the
value of merging the two carriers and worked for the ensuing year to bring the
deal to fruition.
American Airlines’ Chapter 11 proceedings provided an unanticipated avenue to
build one of the largest and most competitive airlines in the world in terms
of network, passengers, and fleet. This merger will provide flight attendants
at the new American Airlines with a fair and competitive contract and much
improved job security.
Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA)
Founded in 1977, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is
the largest independent Flight Attendant union in the nation. It represents
the 16,000 Flight Attendants at American Airlines. APFA Members live in almost
every state of the nation and serve millions of Americans as they travel the
nation and the world. Laura Glading is serving in her second four-year term as
president of the union. For more information visit apfa.org.
Leslie Mayo, 949-510-7272
Anthony DeMaio, 202-292-3355
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