The flight attendants unions at American Airlines and US Airways have asked federal mediators for single-carrier status.
As part of its petition to the National Mediation Board, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said it will be the representative of the combined work group. The APFA currently represents the American flight attendants while the Association of Flight Attendants represents US Airways flight attendants.
APFA president Laura Glading called the petition an important step towards a unifed flight attendants work group at the new American.
"Once the NMB makes its determination in favor of APFA's petition, the 8,000 pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants, along with the 16,000 pre-merger American Airlines Flight Attendants, will be represented by APFA. Until a joint contract is reached, however, under an agreement with APFA, AFA-CWA will continue to administer the current US Airways/AFA contract," Glading said in a message sent to flight attendants on Monday.
The two unions had previously agreed on representation and seniority agreements for the two flight attendant groups. It is currently negotiating a new joint contract with American management.
Keep reading for the full letter from Glading.
APFA and AFA-CWA Jointly Petition NMB for Single Carrier Determination
Today in Washington, D.C., APFA and AFA-CWA jointly petitioned the National Mediation Board for single carrier determination. The NMB now must review the petition, and we expect it to determine that the operations of American and US Airways are sufficiently combined to allow a single union to represent the craft and class of Flight Attendants at the new airline. APFA has informed the National Mediation Board that we wish to be the representative of the combined work group. AFA has informed the National Mediation Board that it will not seek to be the representative.
This is another important step towards our collective goal of building the world's greatest airline. Employees are what set successful companies apart. In the case of the new American Airlines, it will be the 24,000 Flight Attendants - the face of the new American - that will put American back on top.
As you know, APFA and AFA-CWA reached a series of agreements that will dictate how the Flight Attendants of the new American will be represented and how a joint contract will be negotiated. The innovative solution paved the way for APFA to take on the responsibilities of representing the combined workgroup. However, the tasks of administering the current contracts and negotiating a joint contract are shared by both unions. Once the NMB makes its determination in favor of APFA's petition, the 8,000 pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants, along with the 16,000 pre-merger American Airlines Flight Attendants, will be represented by APFA. Until a joint contract is reached, however, under an agreement with APFA, AFA-CWA will continue to administer the current US Airways/AFA contract.
On behalf of the entire APFA leadership, I want to thank you for all that you do to make our Union and our airline great.