American Eagle Flight Attendants Increase Action Against Parent Company AMR
May 26, 2005
Fort Worth, Texas - In keeping the promise made last week at AMR shareholders meeting in Fort Worth, American Eagle flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, will continue their battle for a new contract by picketing and leafleting at five airports where the airline has bases.
"Our flight attendants are ready to legally do what ever it takes to get a fair and equitable contract," said Reggie Salas, AFA American Eagle Master Executive Council President. "Our next round of negotiations, June 1 & 2, will be crucial in determining if we take a system wide strike vote and if we continue our actions against the company."
Picketing has been planned at the following airports with the largest protest expected in Dallas/Ft Worth, the headquarters for AMR, the parent company of both American Eagle Airlines and American Airlines:
Dallas/Fort Worth - Terminal A, upper level sidewalk between gates 16 through 24
Local contact: Derrick Ricketts 214-334-9885
Chicago O'Hare - Terminal 3 - upper level doors 3D & 3E
Local contact: Laurette Espeland, 630-918-9481
Miami - Concourse D - in front of American Eagle ticket counters
Local contact: Joe Oxidine 352-463-0562
Los Angeles - Terminal 4 - in front of American Eagle ticket counters
Local contact: James Alexander 619-410-3001
San Juan - Below the Teodoro Moscoso bridge
Local contact: Armando Ramos 787-728-6425
American Eagle flight attendants have been negotiating a new contract for over four years, while the company has increased its flights, plans to take possession of 18 new aircraft this summer, and continues to hire new employees.
Many flight attendants feel that the company refuses to recognize their contribution to the airline's success and that management has been bargaining with them in bad faith.
"American Eagle management is pushing our flight attendants to the breaking point, while they continue to offer substandard proposals at the negotiating table," said Derrick Ricketts an AFA spokesperson and American Eagle flight attendant. "Enough is enough. This contract is about more than just money: It's about our quality of life; it's about having a career rather than just a job; it's about Eagle management rewarding our years of hard work and dedication to the success of this airline."
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