Flight Attendant Union Protects American Eagle Flight Attendant Jobs
December 16, 2011
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) this week was successful in securing contractual voluntary leave options for American Eagle Flight Attendants who wish take time away from work. This voluntary furlough program was announced after American Eagle management announced plans to shutter a portion of the operation, displacing over 100 Flight Attendants.
“AFA will continue to focus on protecting Flight Attendants and their families,” said Robert Barrow, AFA president at American Eagle. “In the midst of this difficult time, we will ensure Flight Attendants are included in the process to restructure. Every American Eagle Flight Attendant is invested in the success of the airline and it is gratifying that we are able to provide protections for even our most junior members.”
The AFA American Eagle contract provides protections for a voluntary furlough with benefits prior to any Flight Attendant being subject to involuntary furlough. AFA leadership at American Eagle is committed to working with management for innovative and creative ways to help reduce the impact of the bankruptcy process on Flight Attendants. In addition, AFA has retained bankruptcy counsel with Kennedy, Jennik & Murray, drawing the New York firm’s extensive experience representing unions in bankruptcy. AFA represents over 1,500 Flight Attendants at American Eagle.
“It is important that we get through this process expeditiously, yet cautiously, so that we can once again focus on a brighter future for all American Eagle Flight Attendants,” added Barrow.
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 24 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.