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September 21, 2012

Flight attendants union chief applauds buy out response

A message sent by Laura Glading, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, to the union's membership Friday about response to the buy out program offered by American Airlines:

As you know, bidding for the VEOP closed late last night. A total of 2,205 flight attendants chose to take advantage of the voluntary early out.

The tremendous response from those electing to leave the company with the $40,000 that accompanies their exit will benefit the entire membership. In the coming year, flight attendants will be moving up the seniority list and off reserve. And not only will furloughs now be avoided completely, but the VEOP participants will finally be able to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.

Since 1999 when I first started negotiating for APFA, I pushed the company for a dignified path to retirement for our most senior members. And in 2008 as President, it became a top priority for the negotiating team and me. Many of you will remember how long and hard we fought for an early out package worthy of our membership. Too many flight attendants have been living in career limbo for too long.

I am happy these 2,205 will now have the security they need to enter the next chapter of their lives. Thank you for your patience!

Please join me in congratulating our 2,205 colleagues. We thank you and we wish you only the best.

In Unity,
Laura Glading
APFA President

- Bob Cox


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Personally I'm very happy for those who were able to take advantage of this. I think it was a really good deal for them, and it allows those of us more junior to move up in the ranks a bit.

Happy retirements to all!

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