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American’s Flight Attendants Celebrate Settlement Announcement



  American’s Flight Attendants Celebrate Settlement Announcement

   APFA President Laura Glading: Flight Attendants’ Hard Work has Paid Off

Business Wire

EULESS, Texas -- November 12, 2013

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, representing 16,000 flight
attendants at American Airlines, cheered the announcement today that the
Justice Department has accepted a settlement in its antitrust suit against
American Airlines and US Airways.

This is the culmination of well over a year of hard work. APFA recognized the
value of the merger plan and executed a creative strategy to bring the deal to
fruition. From the halls of Congress to the board rooms of Wall Street,
American’s flight attendants convinced every major stakeholder that their
airline needed a merger partner in order to compete with the remaining legacy
carriers Delta and United. This is the first time a merger has been completed
in bankruptcy and it could not have occurred without the support of organized
labor and the strong advocacy of the APFA.

“This is fantastic news not only for all the employees of the new American,
but for consumers and the industry,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “I
want to thank our flight attendants for stepping up and making the case for
this merger. Clearly, our voices were heard at the Justice Department. There
is strength in unity.”

After striking labor agreements with US Airways management, APFA used its
position on the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee of American’s ongoing
bankruptcy trial to advocate for the merger plan. When the Justice Department
sued to block the merger in August, APFA took to Capitol Hill to rally support
for the deal. As the strongest labor advocate for the merger, APFA President
Laura Glading was put on the witness list to testify in support.

APFA was a relentless and unwavering advocate for the merger plan since its
inception in April of 2012. The turning point of the deal came when APFA
forced American into sharing proprietary financial information with US
Airways. APFA was the last to hold out on a labor agreement with American
following Section 1113 proceedings. American, needing a contract with its
flight attendants to establish its cost structure, had no choice but to
entertain the merged option when APFA refused to give in.

About 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 as well as several countries
and serve millions of Americans as they travel the nation and the world. In
2003, APFA played a major role in keeping American Airlines solvent and out of
bankruptcy by giving back an employee bailout of $340 million in annual salary
and benefits, for a total of over $3 billion and counting. APFA had been in
negotiations with American for almost four years when the carrier filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on November 29, 2011. Laura Glading, a
34-year flight attendant, is serving her second four-year term as president of
the union.

Contact:

For  APFA
Leslie Mayo
communications@apfa.org
or
Anthony DeMaio, 202-292-3355
ademaio@oneillandassoc.com
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