American Eagle Flight Attendants Question Merger Benefits

          American Eagle Flight Attendants Question Merger Benefits

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Sept. 17, 2013

Concerns over Outsourcing and Competitive Disadvantage for Workers

DALLAS, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --American Eagle Flight
Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are
increasingly concerned about their future in the American/US Airways merger.
Executives promise growth, but a steady stream of outsourcing appears to be
the plan for their work. The 1,800 American Eagle Flight Attendants are
seriously questioning the benefits of a merger where wholly owned carriers of
the proposed new airline are already being pitted against each other.

"More and more regional carriers are operating the same point-to-point service
as mainline jets, selling tickets to passengers as part of the mainline
network. Yet workers at the regionals are expected to accept second- and
third-rate pay and benefits because management creates artificial competition
on labor costs," stated Robert Barrow, AFA President at American Eagle. "The
fact is that American Eagle Flight Attendants contributed to a profitable
subsidiary of American Airlines prior to the bankruptcy, but we were expected
to cut costs to cover the failed strategies of management at American. To
date, American Eagle Flight Attendants have not been shown how our
contributions will be valued at the new airline. This merger may not be good
for all workers."

As part of the bankruptcy process, American Eagle Flight Attendants ratified
substantial concessions in July 2012 with the promise that doing so would
retain as much of American's regional flying as possible and position American
Eagle for future growth. Since that time, the new American merger partners are
calling many of the shots in how the merger, if consummated, will play out.
All the while, American Eagle's regional flying erodes steadily through
outsourcing:

  oNovember 15, 2012 – AMR closes its American Eagle base in Los Angeles and
    outsources the existing flying to non-owned, SkyWest Airlines.
  oJanuary 2013 – AMR announces it will begin outsourcing American Airlines
    regional flying to a non-AMR-owned carrier, Republic Airlines. The
    outsourced flying means that Republic will be flying 47 Embraer 175s which
    represents a significant portion of American Eagle's current route
    structure in its Chicago hub.
  oFebruary 2013 – AMR announces plans to outsource some of the flying in its
    DFW hub to Express Jet, a non-owned carrier. Express Jet brought in 12
    aircraft to fly routes previously flown by American Eagle.
  oMarch 31, 2013 – AMR closes its American Eagle hub in San Juan, Puerto
    Rico and later enters into a code share agreement with Seaborne Airlines
    to provide regional feed.
  oJune 2013 – US Airways approaches ALPA at American Eagle for more pilot
    concessions to fly new EMB 175 aircraft, while not even a year earlier
    pilots and other workers agreed to concessions with the promise that new
    flying would come with it.
  oJuly 2013 - The pilots represented by ALPA at American Eagle reject the
    additional concessions pushed by US Airways management, and management
    turned to PSA pilots for an agreement to fly this new aircraft.
  oAugust 13, 2013 Department of Justice anti-trust lawsuit filed.

"American Eagle Flight Attendants deserve to know what their role will be in
the new combined carrier. Actions by management to date, quite frankly lend
legitimacy to the Flight Attendants' concerns. AFA leaders encourage US
Airways management to present coherent plans that assure us contributions of
American Eagle Flight Attendants will be valued through good jobs at the new
American," concluded Barrow.

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world's largest Flight Attendant
union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader
in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 years. Serving as the
voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the
media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession
by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight
Attendants at 19 airlines, including 1800 at American Eagle, come together to
form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America
(CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afaeagle.org.

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)
 
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