US Airways Flight Attendants Usher In New Era at American Airlines
September 2, 2014
NMB Certifies Bargaining Representative for Combined 24,000 Flight Attendant Workgroup
Washington, DC – US Airways Flight Attendants issued the following statement today after the National Mediation Board (NMB) finalized the US Airways/American Airlines single carrier certification process for purposes of Flight Attendant representation:
"Earlier this year, US Airways Flight Attendants secured a voice in the world's largest airline by mapping out a path where our over 65 years of bargaining experience at the world's largest Flight Attendant union would help set the stage for the best possible results. We continue to proudly stand in solidarity with our flying partners at American Airlines to negotiate a contract that allows Flight Attendants to benefit from the merger.
"We are proud of what we have accomplished as members of Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. Throughout the US Airways/American Airlines merger discussions, we were resolute in protecting our contract. Our efforts resulted in an innovative agreement for Flight Attendants that ensured equal participation in negotiations and the continued support of AFA for a smooth transition until the new contract is implemented.
"The AFA/US Airways contract remains in full force and effect until the new agreement is negotiated and implemented. AFA will enforce the contract throughout this period. We will continue to work closely with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants as we work for the best future for all Flight Attendants.
"For nearly seven decades, we helped build the world's largest Flight Attendant union and this year, the AFA Board of Directors unanimously bestowed special lifetime membership in the Association of Flight Attendants for all pre-merger US Airways Flight Attendants. We are, and forever will be, part of our union family."
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 69 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 at www.afacwa.org.