American’s flight attendants threw in with US Airways in its attempt to take over American in bankruptcy.
Both airlines’ flight attendants agreed on a dollar value for their contract as part of that arrangement. In other words, they set a minimum amount that the airline would spend on raises for flight attendants if the merger went through. They’d negotiate a contract, but if negotiations fell through there was an agreed-upon floor.
The increased cost above the separate US Airways and American flight attendant contracts was going to be a minimum of $112 million a year.
American agreed to give spend $193 million a year more on the flight attendants’ contract. However, flight attendants narrowly rejected that contract. Some believed they should get profit sharing too.
But by rejecting the contract, all they were entitled to was the smaller $112 million raise.
Nevertheless, the President of American’s flight attendants’ union asked the airline to give them the full $193 million anyway. And American did.
Many flight attendants weren’t happy, and the President of their union announced her resignation and then sped up her departure last month. She bore the brunt of criticism as being too close to management. One of her cousins is a legacy US Airways executive, now with American. If true, it seems to have benefited her members. But she could no longer manage her rank and file.
Now a group of American flight attendants have retained an attorney and are calling for a Department of Justice investigation of their ‘imposed contract’. (HT: Traveling Better)
The drama with American’s flight attendants still pales in comparison to the America West-US Airways pilot disputes which still haunt the process of getting to a single seniority list at American, of course.