Leaders of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, in a strongly worded message to the membership overnight, found nothing to cheer about in Wednesday's ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane.
In a post on the union hotline, APFA warned its members:
Late this afternoon, the Bankruptcy Court issued a blistering indictment of the labor unions on American Airlines' property. The Court summarily rejected all but two arguments the pilots made in the Section 1113 hearing, including convergence - the argument that the company's ask would put the pilots below industry standard. Most of the pilots' arguments were identical to ours.
And this, a very strongly worded recommendation by the leadership that members vote for the pending contract offer from American:
It is more clear today than ever before that the best path for our membership is to accept the LBFO and continue to work towards achieving a merger with USAirways. We can now say with certainty that the Section 1113 process will leave flight attendants worse off than the LBFO. There is little doubt that the end result, should we reject, will be 2,000 furloughed flight attendants and many many more on reserve.