Flight Attendant leaders from American Eagle, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), today unanimously approved the recent tentative agreement and will now send it out to the over 1,800 Flight Attendants for a vote. AFA American Eagle leadership convened a special meeting to review the terms of the agreement, announced on July 27 and, after a review of the provisions, recommended that the membership vote to ratify the deal.
“This process has been difficult and has taken an enormous amount of time and effort, but AFA was successful in pushing back against outrageous contract cuts first proposed by management. We forced onerous concessions off the table, mitigated the ones we accepted and negotiated early snap-backs for some of them. There are no pay cuts or wage freezes. It is now up to American Eagle Flight Attendants to decide if this is an agreement that they can live with in the context of bankruptcy wherein all the negotiating advantages lie with management,” said Robert Barrow, AFA President at American Eagle.
AFA is preparing member meetings at each Flight Attendant base to outline the tentative agreement and answer questions. A comprehensive summary and the full language of the tentative agreement will be provided to each Flight Attendant. Ballots will be mailed out the week of August 5 and the count date is scheduled for September 7.
American Eagle is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, with Flight Attendant domiciles in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, San Juan, Los Angeles and JFK-LaGuardia.
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 over 65 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 at 21 airlines come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.