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A Message from Laura Glading, APFA President
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By now, you’ve all heard the terrific news that the DOJ announced a settlement on our merger with US Airways earlier today. I was able to share this news with members of my base at the JFK Roadshow this morning which made the news that much more meaningful.

The next legal step in this process is a final approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy court which is scheduled for November 25, 2013, ironically, the day we were scheduled to go to trial with the DOJ. Following that, we can anticipate exiting bankruptcy the first half of December.

What does that mean? For starters, it means we will begin receiving our equity stake in the new American in the form of unrestricted stock beginning on the day we exit. It also means that the LBFO will begin to be replaced by the Conditional Labor Agreement (“CLA”) as modified by the MOU and its associated improvements.

Congratulations to all flight attendants at both airlines. It would not have happened without your support. We have a lot to look forward to and still have work to do. I remain hopeful that we can reach agreement with AFA-CWA on how best to represent the flight attendants at the new American so we can get the contract we all deserve for building the world's leading airline.

Tomorrow, I will be at the Miami roadshow along with the the APFA negotiating team and our advisors beginning at 11:00 a.m. Come join us if you can in the auditorium, Concourse D, Miami Airport, 4th Floor.

Lastly, please take a moment to remember our colleagues from AA Flight 587, several of whom were my friends. I am pleased that there is now some new hope associated with today's date.

Here’s to the memory of those we lost 12 years ago today. We will never forget...
Deborah Fontakis
Barbara Giannasca
Wilmer Gonzalez
Joseph Lopes
Michele Mills
Carol Palm
William Valdespino
Edward States, Captain
Sten Molin, First Officer

In Unity,
Laura
 

Laura Glading
APFA President
president@apfa.org


ABOUT APFA: The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, founded in 1977, represents the more than 16,000 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 has served on the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee where she continues to advocate for American Flight Attendants. In February 2013, American and US Airways announced their intention to combine the carriers. Achieving a merger inside of 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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