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August 30, 2012

American and US Airways flight attendants jointly support a merger between the carriers

The flight attendants unions at American Airlines and US Airways announced on Thursday that the two unions will work together in support of a merger between the two carriers.

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (American) and the Association of Flight Attendants-Communication Workers of America (US Airways) issued a joint statement this morning saying they will address merger issues, like seniority integration and new contracts together.

"Both unions firmly believe that an American Airlines/US Airways merger is in the best interest of the Flight Attendants at both carriers, and are committed to working to further the goal of that merger," the statement said. "In addition, AFA and APFA share a strong interest in addressing the challenges that will be presented if a merger occurs."

The agreement says the two unions will discuss collective bargaining agreements, share information, talk about representation issues and establish a protocol for seniority integration.

US Airways is interested in merging with American, but has yet to sign a non-disclosure agreement where the two airlines would share financial information prior to a possible deal.

-Andrea Ahles

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DG

Us Airways flight attendants still need to ratify a contract that combines East and West. Their members overwhelmingly voted down their last agreement. This has been going on for over seven years now. Do they really think that joining forces with the APFA is going to help things along? If so, they are delusional.

Not all APFA members are thrilled about this either. Why on earth does anyone want more uncertainty and feel as though they will have to go through a whole new battle with seniority and joint CBAs? A lot of flight attendants realize that we need to right our own ship first and then perhaps enter a merger scenario from a position of strength.

Now that the AFA-CWA has agreed to support a merger, it will be interesting to see what US rank and file have to say about it. It will also be fascinating to see what promises were made by both Doug Parker and Laura Glading. And if by chance this merger does occur, it will be even more fascinating to see how long it takes before the gloves come off and the pretense of cooperation fades away. Both airlines have a pretty rotten history when it comes to labor and mergers.

casual observer

It is hard to accept the fact that you are as valuable as your contract. In this case that means the term sheets. That's life.

TJ

Totally agree DG....

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