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​​​Statement from the Association of Professional Flight Attendants National President Lori Bassani

The following is a statement from Lori Bassani, National President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, on American Airlines’ accusing the Transport Workers Union and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers of engaging in an illegal work slowdown: Euless, TX (May 22, 2019) - “Despite the constant problems that have left it ranked last among the major airlines, American Airlines continues to scapegoat and attack its hardworking unionized workforce, who sacrificed much to build the world’s largest airline. The working men and women of the IAM and TWU are critically important assets to the airline, not the problem. But for the past five years, American Airlines management has treated them that way in contract talks by pushing to offshore more of the airline’s maintenance work, critical work that we believe should be accomplished by the highly trained professionals of TWU and IAM, workers who put safety first for our crew and customers. This unnecessarily aggressive litigious attack on its workers is only the latest example of the lack of respect the airline has shown its longtime, dedicated employees. It does no one any good — not the airline, the workers or the passengers — for American to attack the IAM and TWU, who are fighting for fair wages and working conditions, at the same time AA handed out lucrative bonuses and compensation packages to its management. Unionized employees invested in the future and viability of their airline with substantial givebacks and sub-standard contracts during mergers and bankruptcies—now it’s time for American to invest in its workers, its fleet and its passengers to stop playing games with its Unions. We stand wholeheartedly with the hard-working men and women of TWU and IAM.” The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) is the largest independent Flight Attendant Union, representing solely the Flight Attendants of American Airlines. From its beginnings in 1977 to now, APFA members have known both triumph and tragedy. APFA has fiercely advocated for the Flight Attendant profession and has been on the forefront of change for workplace equality, women’s and human rights. APFA focuses 100% of its energy on its members, 27,000+ strong Flight Attendants who share a proud and diverse history of careers as airline safety professionals from multiple legacy airlines.

American Airlines previously announced plans to build a new campus in Fort Worth, but the company revealed Tuesday the project would include a hotel and conference center.


According to The Dallas Morning News, construction on American’s $250 million hospitality center is set to begin within the next two months and should be completed by mid-2021. The facility will include a 600-room hotel and a conference and training facility.

In total, the hospitality center will measure 620,000-square-feet and include office space, retail areas, hotel rooms, dining facilities, a tavern and a 131,000-square-foot conference and training center for employees.

American’s managing director of campus properties, Kirk Hotelling, told The Dallas Morning News the new facility would replace the old flight attendant school and serve as the training location for employees.

When completed, American’s new hospitality center will be located southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Allied Pilots Association: “We Stand with Our IAM and TWU Brothers and Sisters” FORT WORTH, Texas (May 21, 2019) — On Monday, May 20,

American Airlines management announced it had filed for a preliminary injunction against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Transport Workers Union of America. Allied Pilots Association President Captain Daniel F. Carey released the following prepared statement in response: “If American Airlines management really wants to know what’s wrong with this airline, all they have to do is look in the mirror. The problems at American Airlines are not caused by the proud, hard-working men and women of the IAM and TWU. “For the past five years, the IAM and TWU have been engaged in good-faith negotiations with American Airlines management. Throughout this time, management has continued its insistence on offshoring even more of our airline’s maintenance work in the future. APA does not believe that represents the best approach to ensuring the highest standards of safety and reliability. “All of the union-represented employees at American Airlines continue working under bankruptcy-era contracts, years after the conclusion of the merger with US Airways. Meanwhile, the executives at American Airlines continue to enrich themselves through myriad ‘incentive’ programs that are wholly disconnected from our airline’s lagging financial and operational performance. “If American Airlines management truly wants to build a world-class airline, they need to take a hard look at their priorities. Rather than engaging in intimidation and litigation, they should be focusing on ways to deliver the culture change they have long promised. “We stand with our IAM and TWU brothers and sisters in their efforts to maintain a safe operation and secure a fair contract.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union's website is AlliedPilots.org. American Airlines is the world's largest passenger airline

​​From: IAM141 Communications
Date: 5/21/2019 10:04:15 AM
Subject: TWU-IAM Association Responds to American Airlines Lawsui

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2019 — The TWU-IAM Association today issued the following statement in response to American Airlines’ request for an injunction against the Association:

“It is unfortunate that American Airlines has chosen to abandon negotiating with its employees and instead go straight to federal court. The airline is frustrated with the Association for refusing to allow more of our maintenance and repair work to be outsourced to South America, China and Europe. We are also standing strong against cuts to our medical benefits and retirement security. Our members value American Airlines fliers and work hard every day to ensure they have the best experience possible.

The Association is ready and willing to get back to the bargaining table at any time and negotiate a fair joint collective bargaining agreement, but to do so would take a willing partner. We would much prefer to be at the negotiating table than in a legal battle brought on by American. 

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​Teamsters Stand in Solidarity with IAM, TWU Workers at American Airlines WASHINGTON, May 24, 2019

 The following is a statement from Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne regarding American Airlines' ongoing negotiations with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM): "American Airlines has accused the TWU and IAM of participating in an illegal work slowdown. The men and women of the IAM and TWU have been in contract negotiations with American Airlines management to keep the maintenance work from being sent offshore. "The highly trained professionals at the IAM and TWU show their dedication each day as they put the safety of our passengers and crew first when doing their jobs. Sending aircraft maintenance overseas threatens the safety of workers and passengers. We support and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the IAM and TWU in their fight to secure a fair contract." Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

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From: IAM141 Communications
Date: 05/29/19 07:49:20

Subject: American Airlines Unions Stand Strong, Association Thanks Union Affiliates for Their Support

[The Association, The TWU-IAM Association]


American Airlines Unions Stand Strong, Association Thanks Union Affiliates for Their Support

May 29, 2019

On behalf of the TWU-IAM Association, we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), The Allied Pilots Association (APA) and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) for their letters of support in our contract negotiations fight with American Airlines.

Our negotiations with American are not only important for our members, but for the whole airline industry. The Pilots’, Flight Attendants’ and Teamsters’ words of encouragement and solidarity will go a long way in helping us win this battle against corporate greed.

Click here to read APFA’s Letter of Support

Click here to read APA’s Letter of Support

Click here to read Teamster’s Letter of Support
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Find out how you can be there when it counts. Contact your grievance committee today.

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