Update on Negotiations
With this week’s announcement of the Department of Justice settlement of the anti-trust lawsuit, we anticipate events will move rather quickly. The settlement remains subject to approval in US Bankruptcy Court and the company anticipates completing the merger in December 2013.
AFA continues to take steps to protect your contract and your bargaining rights. We believe the best outcome for 24,000 Flight Attendants at the New American Airlines is for AFA and APFA to come together to reach a consensual agreement on bargaining and representation. To that end, AFA US Airways MEC President Roger Holmin sent a letter to APFA President Laura Gladding again reiterating the need for AFA and APFA to meet. Given the announcement of a settlement in the Department of Justice lawsuit, there is no good reason for the parties not to meet. The parties are in discussions about meeting the week of November 25.
Roger also sent a letter to Doug Parker requesting that US Airways management meet to negotiate an MOU (Memorandum Of Understanding) with AFA. During the negotiations for our collective bargaining agreement earlier this year, US Airways management committed to engage in four-party MOU discussions. Given status of talks between AFA and APFA, we are requesting the company meet directly with AFA to negotiate provisions of a MOU/Transition Agreement.
In the coming weeks we will continue to provide information about what is at stake for Flight Attendants. That includes details on the following information as to why the bargaining process contained in the APFA/US Airways Conditional Labor Agreement does not work for Flight Attendants at US Airways, and undercuts an opportunity for all 24,000 Flight Attendants. We will also provide detailed comparisons of the underlying AFA and APFA agreements to demonstrate why it is so important we use a process that includes the best of both contracts. (more…)