US Airways Flight Attendants Celebrate Creating World’s Largest Airline With American Airlines
Washington, DC –The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) issued the following statement today by AFA US Airways President Roger Holmin as US Airways grew into the world’s largest airline through its merger with American Airlines.
“Today, we ring the bell to honor our past and celebrate our future. Our history was made by little airlines that could – and did. US Airways Flight Attendants have spent entire careers building unity. And today, we stand up for the opportunities that come with building the world’s largest airline.
“We proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our new American flying partners and we cheer the end of the American bankruptcy. All Flight Attendants and frontline workers at the New American know what it is to sacrifice. There is no doubt it is our turn to experience the benefits of our success. (more…)
The Company would save tens of millions of dollars by eliminating the high-quality US Airways 100% and 90% health care plans and replacing them with a concessionary 80% plan which is more costly and contains worse provisions than the US Airways plan. The APFA standard plan (80%) premiums are almost three times higher than the 80% USA/AFA plan. Yet the APFA plan includes deductibles twice as high and the plan has worse features.
Premium Comparison (2013 Plan)
|Employee||EE Plus child(ren)||EE plus Spouse||Family||EE Share of Total Premiums|
|APFA Standard 80%||$70.69||$127.25||$183.81||$247.43||18 percent rising to 21%*|
Note: Under the AFA/USA agreement the portion of employee costs will remain constant, while *under the APFA CLA the percentage employees pay and deductibles will rise over course of the Agreement. (more…)
Inside this edition:
Our Contract provides a me-too with the pilots for per diem. This means our per diem will increase as of January 2014. The company has already begun programming to ensure the payroll system reflects this increase for our January pay, which will be seen on our February 15th paycheck. (more…)
We need a Voice and a Vote. US Airways AFA leaders strongly believe any discussion about our future contract and representation must take place in open forum with all affected Flight Attendants. This is about all of us.
AFA proposes joint Town Hall meetings in each of our Flight Attendant bases, with enough advance notice to allow Flight Attendants the opportunity to plan to attend. And in the meantime, AFA and APFA leaders can focus on maximizing our collective leverage.
These joint Town Hall meetings will provide a unified presentation of an agreement between our unions on bargaining and representation. AFA is adamant that any agreement must be subject to your vote. In the unfortunate event that an agreement is not reached, we can still use the joint Town Hall meetings to present thorough information for Flight Attendants to review options and make an informed choice about our future. AFA commits now to attend with our attorneys, professional negotiators and merger committee members to ensure all of the experts are in the room to answer your questions.
January 21 – MIA
January 22 – CLT
January 23 – PHL
January 24 – NYC
February 3 – STL
February 4 – DFW
February 5 – PHX
February 6 – LAX
February 7 – SFO
February 11 – BOS
February 12 – RDU
February 13 – ORD
February 14 – DCA
*proposed dates subject to change based on schedule collaboration with APFA.
AFA US Airways E-Line – Tuesday, December 3, 2013
In this Edition:
Let’s focus on our collective strengths. There are good contract provisions in each contract and we should work together to incorporate the best of both contract according to the priorities set by all 24,000 Flight Attendants. We support an expedited bargaining process because Flight Attendants rightfully want to see improvements to your compensation, benefits and quality of life as soon as possible. Putting our airlines together increases revenue and makes the corporation stronger. We need to join together to get the same results. (more…)
New Video Summary
If you missed the video messages from our AFA Committee over the holiday, now you can get caught up in just 4 minutes. Check out this summary version and if you want a little more detail, use the links below to watch the extended versions – including the Contract Comparison Video. We have to Stand Up and stand together to fulfill the promise of an industry-leading contract at our New American.
24,000 Flight Attendants Deserve A Voice and a Vote
Inside this edition:
Important AFA Video Update
Despite thousands of requests from Flight Attendants, unfortunately Laura Glading declined AFA’s repeated invitations to keep the scheduled meeting in New York today. AFA President Roger Holmin and our AFA committee were in place today and ready to resolve outstanding issues.
Please review these important video messages from AFA US Airways President Roger Holmin and our AFA Committee to receive a full briefing on the status of our discussions with APFA and a contract comparison.
November 27, 2013, 11:00am Eastern – Judge Sean Lane moments ago approved the DOJ settlement and paved the way for American Airlines to exit bankruptcy through a merger with US Airways.
The merger has not yet closed, but is expected to in early December.
AMR Merger Settlement Approved by Bankruptcy Judge (Bloomberg)
American Airlines parent AMR Corp won bankruptcy court approval of the deal it reached this month with regulators to complete its $17.2 billion merger with US Airways and create the world’s biggest airline… Full article >
We Are Ready to Meet with APFA Anytime
We are hopeful we can meet at our previously agreed date of November 27th this week and we are willing to continue our meeting over the Thanksgiving holiday, if necessary. We know that a real commitment to discussing the issues can lead to resolution and strong unity that will benefit all 24,000 Flight Attendants. This is both our desire and our responsibility.
Bottom line: Members want us to meet. We encourage APFA representatives to join us.
Q & A on the Status of Negotiations
Was there a final Agreement between AFA and APFA reached this summer?
No. During the summer, AFA and APFA explored options to reach an agreement. APFA has published two documents which they claim somehow represented an agreement. The first is clearly marked “Points to Discuss” which obviously does not represent an agreement. The second is a document called the “Strategic Partnership Agreement” which they have published with a huge watermarked APFA DRAFT on the document. Simply put, there was no agreement. (more…)
AFA continues to believe that AFA and APFA should sit down to resolve our outstanding issues of seniority, bargaining and representation. For that reason the AFA committee plans to be in New York City next week ready to take part in our previously scheduled meeting with APFA. By separate communication, AFA US Airways President Roger Holmin has once again invited APFA President Laura Glading to set aside our differences and in the best interests of 24,000 Flight Attendants at the New American meet to resolve our issues.
The overwhelming feedback we are receiving is Flight Attendants want AFA and APFA to figure out a solution to our outstanding issues. We cannot do that if we do not meet, which is why for the last several months, we have been pressing APFA to sit down to resolve the issues between our two unions. (more…)
Source: Dallas News
Author: Terry Maxon
The latest issue in the private antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines and US Airways is whether federal law requires a 60-day waiting period before the carriers can finalize their merger.
In a filing last Friday, the plaintiffs said the airlines must wait. In a filing Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, American said emphatically that there’s no requirement to wait. (more…)
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…)
US AIRWAYS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS REVIEWING TERMS OF DOJ SETTLEMENT
Hopeful Merger Continues to Provide Opportunities for Frontline Workers
Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing US Airways Flight Attendants, today issued the following statement from AFA US Airways president Roger Holmin after the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement with US Airways/American Airlines. The resolution of the anti-trust lawsuit will now be submitted to Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane for approval.
“AFA is carefully reviewing the terms of this agreement to ensure that the merger continues to provide a positive future for US Airways Flight Attendants. Today’s settlement is a tribute to the powerful advocacy of Flight Attendants and other workers who tirelessly encouraged the DOJ to discuss viable options that would allow for the completion of the world’s largest airline. (more…)
The merger between US Airways and American Airlines offers incredible opportunity for Flight Attendants. The many benefits include improved flying opportunities, security from being part of the world’s largest carrier, and the new company’s strengthened economic position. These are all causes to be excited about the merger.
Yet, as in any merger we must be vigilant to protect our interests as we know from experience we cannot trust our management team to do so. For that reason, ever since the merger was announced your AFA US Airways leadership has worked diligently to protect our interests in several key areas: seniority, representation and bargaining.
On the seniority front, we are hopeful that AFA and APFA will work out an agreement to the benefit of flight attendants. The parties have agreed in concept of how to integrate seniority and are in the process of finalizing the details. (more…)
Source: The Hill
Author: Keith Laing
Posted On: 10/25/13 12:24 PM ET
A group of 26 state Chambers of Commerce is pushing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to allow the merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines.
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit that argues the proposed merger would violate federal antitrust laws because the companies have too many similar flight destinations.
However, the leaders of 26 state and city Chambers of Commerce said the companies should be allowed to merge like other airlines that have combined forces in recent years. (more…)
October 23, 2013
Washington, DC – US Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), continued to tout the benefits created by a US Airways/American Airlines merger as mayors from seven hub cities penned a joint letter to the Department of Justice asking to reconsider its lawsuit.
“We applaud the mayors from Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth and Miami-Dade County for taking a strong stance in support of the merger. These mayors recognize that a US Airways/American combination will help advance their local economies, attract new business and provide real opportunities for workers,” said Roger Holmin, AFA President at US Airways. (more…)
Today, the mayors of Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Worth and Miami-Dade County sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to reconsider the DOJ lawsuit against the merger. The mayors wrote, “we know the airline industry creates jobs, supports local business, attracts new business, and promotes infrastructure growth. Nowhere are these benefits more apparent than in cities- like ours- with airline hubs. But the Justice Department’s recent action seeking to block the combination of American Airlines and US Airways puts those benefits at risk…”
Source: Dallas News
Author: Terry Maxon
Unions representing American Airlines pilots, American and US Airways flight attendants and US Airways ground workers asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to let them file a brief in the antitrust case of American and US Airways.
In a Monday motion, the unions said the airlines gave their consent to their filing of an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief. The U.S. Department of Justice, which filed the lawsuit to block the US Airways-American merger, didn’t object as long as the unions filed a single brief. The states that have sided with DOJ haven’t responded, the unions said. (more…)
Source: Dallas News
Author: Terry Maxon
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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane said Sept. 12 he would do so, and sure enough he got around to doing it on Monday.
Judge Lane formally confirmed the plan of reorganization proposed by American Airlines and parent AMR, with a caveat that he wasn’t passing judgment on an antitrust lawsuit that could block the plan’s implementation.
A key part of the plan is that American will merge with US Airways to form American Airlines Group Inc. as American exits bankruptcy proceedings. We won’t know if it’ll be able to do that until American resolves an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice to block American’s merger with US Airways. (more…)
American Airlines is announcing its quarterly earning results on Thursday. Most likely, they’ll post another quarter of profits following success in recent quarters in turning around the bankrupt company. Ordinarily, that would be cause for celebration. There’s more to life than quarterly profits, of course, but workers and managers at established businesses normally like the idea of profitability—except at American Airlines, where good financial results may do more harm than good. (more…)
Source: ABC News
Author: DAVID KOENIG AP Airlines Writer
Posted On: October 17, 2013 (AP)
After years of losses, American Airlines is making money by boosting revenue and cutting labor costs.
The nation’s third-largest airline is doing well enough to add dozens of new planes to its fleet, announce new flights to China, and set aside money for profit-sharing with employees.
Parent company AMR Corp. said Thursday that it earned $289 million, or 76 cents per share, in the third quarter. That’s a turnaround from a loss of $238 million, or 71 cents per share, a year earlier. AMR’s adjusted profit was a record $530 million. That figure doesn’t include bankruptcy-reorganization costs and other special items. (more…)
Source: USA Today
Author: Bart Jansen
Posted On: 3:20 p.m. EDT October 16, 2013
A group of 68 Democratic House members wrote to President Obama, urging the Justice Department to drop its lawsuit against the proposed merger of American Airline and US Airways.
The letter dated Oct. 15 is headed by Reps. Marc Veasey of Texas, where American is based, and Ed Pastor of Arizona, where US Airways is based. The letter was signed by seven Texans, five Arizonans and a variety from states where the airlines have major hubs, such as six Floridians. (more…)
Source: Dallas News
Author: Terry Maxon
Posted On: 11 October 2013 10:26 AM
American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Inc. suffered a double setback Thursday when a court official said they shouldn’t get the names and documents they were seeking as they fight a government lawsuit.
Special master Richard Levie wrote Thursday that American Airlines and US Airways aren’t entitled to know the names of third parties who were interviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice before that agency filed a lawsuit Aug. 13 to block the carriers’ merger.
Levie also turned down most of the carriers’ request for Justice documents generated when Justice officials didn’t fight four other large airline mergers between 2005 and 2011. He did recommend that the airlines get one set of documents requested.
His report now goes to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who will decide whether to accept his recommendations.
The airlines can appeal to Kollar-Kotelly. They didn’t indicate Thursday if that’s in their plans.
“We are reviewing the special master’s ruling and will consider all of our options,” American and US Airways said in a joint statement. “We are confident in our legal position and our ability to win this case.”
Washington, D.C.-based lawyer David Balto, who handled antitrust cases when he was with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, said Levie’s decision was not a surprise. It also wasn’t a big setback for the carriers, Balto added.
“I think it was pretty much what was expected and not a significant loss for the airlines,” he said. “There’s still a ton of discovery left to be done. Kollar-Kotelly obviously wants the parties to have a full trial in court.”
In general, Levie acknowledged the reasons that the airlines would want to know the names of the people who talked to Justice officials before the lawsuit was filed, as well as the facts derived from those interviews.
He also said he understood why the carriers would like to see Justice Department documents that analyzed the four mergers: US Airways and America West Airlines Inc. in 2005; Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Inc. in 2008; United Airlines Inc. and Continental Airlines Inc. in 2010; and Southwest Airlines Co. and AirTran Airways Inc. in 2011.
But he concluded that the information sought was privileged and not subject to disclosure by the department.
Levie said that the information sought “qualifies for protection under the work product doctrine.”
Balto said the airlines have been able to make a point even if they can’t have the department’s papers on its analyses of other mergers that weren’t opposed.
“In part they made the request to raise the issue with the judge,” Balto said. “One of their themes is going to be: ‘You approved all these other mergers, and why is this merger different from the other mergers you approved?’”
The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 25 in Washington.