May 19, 2015

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Restoring Fair Competition to the Skies -

Last week, APFA Representatives attended a luncheon at the National Press Club where CEOs from American, United, and Delta participated in a round table discussion, “Restoring Fair Competition to the Skies." They argued that subsidies from the governments of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to their domestic airlines are giving them an unfair advantage and threatening U.S. jobs.  

As a charter member of the Partnership for Open and Fair Skies, APFA is working to preserve fair competition in the international market by pushing the government to enter consultations with Qatar and the UAE to address the unfair subsidies those governments have given their state airlines. These multi-billion dollar subsidies are a violation of existing Open Skies agreements with Qatar and the UAE and they put Flight Attendant jobs - and thousands of other airline jobs - in jeopardy.  

This week Rep. Rick Larson (D-WA) weighed in stating, in part, “I am concerned that the reports that the three [Gulf] carriers’ labor policies are inconsistent with the values we have vigorously protected over the history of our air transportation system…my understanding is that collective bargaining is forbidden and there are reports of women and those belonging to sexual minorities facing legalized discrimination." APFA thanks Rep. Larson for his ongoing support.
ABOUT APFA: The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, founded in 1977, represents the more than 25,000 active flight attendants at American Airlines. In November 2011, American’s parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Throughout the bankruptcy trial, APFA President Laura Glading served on the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee where she advocated for the American Airlines Flight Attendants. In February 2013, American and US Airways announced their intention to combine the carriers and on December 9, 2013, AA exited bankruptcy and the merger was final. Achieving a merger inside bankruptcy is unprecedented in the industry and would not have occurred without the efforts of American’s labor unions, particularly APFA.
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