Rally for Contract Negotiations Results in Call for Strike Vote
May 18, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas – At a press conference today, American Eagle Master Executive Council union representatives authorized the call for a strike vote by their members.
"We have used the statement ‘Enough is Enough' over and over again and indeed, we have endured enough abuse," said Reggie Salas, AFA American Eagle Master Executive Council President. "It's time to put our words into action."
The vote will allow union members to decide whether they wish to strike in the event that contract negotiations become stalled and the National Mediation Board releases both parties. The remaining scheduled round of negotiations is to be held June 1-2, 2005. AFA has officially put the company on notice that if a contract is not agreed upon at this time, CHAOS™ preparations will commence.
The press conference was preceded by a rally at the American Airlines annual shareholders meeting.
American Eagle flight attendants and their supporters rallied this morning in response to management's refusal to recognize flight attendants' contribution to the success of the airline with acont ract that includes improvements in pay, benefits, and scheduling that would bring Eagle flight attendants' compensation and work rules in line with similar carriers in the industry.
More than 46,000 flight attendants, including over 1,600 from American Eagle, join together to form AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afanet.org.