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June 19, 2014

Envoy flight attendants union criticize American management for sending regional jets to another carrier

The Envoy Air flight attendants union criticized American Airlines management for contracting with another carrier to fly new regional jets for the airline.

The Association of Flight Attendants, which represents the Envoy Air workers, said its flight attendants gave concessions during American's bankruptcy process and were promised a fresh start and new airplanes.

"The equipment is being sent to another company which had no connection to the financial restructuring in which we engaged to insure that our company would achieve the profitability it now enjoys – the same profitability which allows it to obtain this new aircraft.  For both American Airlines and Envoy Air management to now turn their backs on our award-winning employees by providing no comment as to the future of our airline is unconscionable," the union said.

Keep reading for the full letter from the union.

UPDATE: American issued the following statement in response to AFA's criticism of the airline placing 20 new Embraer E175 aircraft with Compass Airlines.

"As you are aware, Envoy spent several months in early 2014 negotiating with Envoy pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that would have placed American’s firm order of E175s on the Envoy certificate. Envoy pilots chose not to ratify the resulting Tentative Agreement (TA) which is a decision American and Envoy respect. Envoy continues to be an important part of American Airlines Group. While new, larger aircraft will not be placed on Envoy certificate in the near-term, AAG does hope Envoy will be able to fly larger and more cost-effective aircraft in the future." 

-Andrea Ahles

ENVOY AIR FLIGHT ATTENDANTS CALL ON MANAGEMENT TO MAKE RIGHT ON AIRCRAFT COMMITMENTS

Open Letter Issued after Industry Competitor Receives New Aircraft Pledge from American Airlines

Washington, DC – Envoy Air Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), issued the following statement after American Airlines management announced the placement of 20 new Embraer 175 regional jets with an industry competitor:

“The hard working professionals across our company have made the American Eagle brand the gold standard within our industry for over 25 years.  We were promised a fresh start after bankruptcy, with a new look, new energy and, most of all, new airplanes. American Eagle (now Envoy) employees, whether represented by unions or not, selflessly gave the concessions demanded by management in order to secure these new airplanes and bring our company into a new era of prosperity after emerging from a very dark period in our history. 

“What thanks have we received? Apparently NONE. The equipment is being sent to another company which had no connection to the financial restructuring in which we engaged to insure that our company would achieve the profitability it now enjoys – the same profitability which allows it to obtain this new aircraft.  For both American Airlines and Envoy Air management to now turn their backs on our award-winning employees by providing no comment as to the future of our airline is unconscionable.

“The demoralizing effect of these misguided decisions continues to weigh heavily on our operation, while long term damage from the loss of in-house profits, loss of qualified pilots, and continued contraction of our aging fleet is quickly approaching critical mass.

“AFA calls upon management to do something very simple, something very American: Make it right. Honor your commitments. Take the high road. Give your 16,000 employees the tools required to return our company to the best-in-class leader we always have been. Now is the time to set Envoy Air on the correct course.”

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 68 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us atwww.afacwa.org.

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Ray Sharradh

Maybe the flight attendants need to take up their grievance with the pilots' union? If the pilots' union wont' alter their contract to allow for these larger state-of-the-art Embraer E-175 aircraft, the airlines' hands are tied, leaving them no option but to place the new aircraft with another, more sensible airline.

John

American Airlines was out of BK and in the black financially when they demanded concessions from the Eagle (Envoy) pilots. The pilots said "NO" to less pay and benefits just to have a shiny new jet. American Airlines and Envoy management are to blame yet again by trying to make the Envoy pilots pay for the new airplanes.

John Baker

"Pilots' union won't' alter their contract to allow for these larger state-of-the-art Embraer 175 aircraft." Really? FALSE. Our contract has E-175 competitive rates on them already. So that gives management the option to place the aircraft with envoy right there. Ohhh by alter you mean cap and freeze our pay scales, increase our health insurance and freeze our per diem for ten years. Yeah we'll get right on that....

Jon Patrick

The pilots already altered their contract to the tune of $43 million in concessions. The pilots were told these concessions were necessary to refleet the airline and become more competitive. After receiving these concessions, management came back to the pilot group demanding more concessions or they would place the aircraft elsewhere.

TrinityDawn

That is not correct, Ray. In 2013 we had an 8 year concessionary bankruptcy contract imposed on us in court. Never mind that American Eagle was a profitable entity BEFORE being dragged into bankruptcy with AMR. As part of the (8 year!) bankruptcy contract, we agreed to pay rates for the EMB-175, and in exchange for agreeing to the contract, we were told by AMR management that we would be re-fleeted. When Parker and his cabal came in, their hired union buster demanded industry bottom compensation for us to keep our jobs and get the airplanes we were promised. There is NOTHING stopping AAG from giving us more efficient airplanes other than the worst corporate greed and egotism I have ever seen. We told them "no" twice due to simple supply and demand (pilot labor shortage does not equal pay cuts!) and now they are intent on punishing us as a labor group. Parker can talk all he wants about turning over a new leaf in employee relations, but we know it's all just a lie.

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