American's Flight Attendants are Calling on the DOJ to Investigate "Employee Price-Fixing"

Angry They Can't Vote on New Contract for the Second Time in Eleven Years, They Want to Know Why
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EULESS, Texas - Dec. 6, 2014 - PRLog -- Flight attendants at American are angry at their union for agreeing to an industry average post-merger contract that denies them the opportunity to vote for the second time in eleven years, and they're calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate how it happened.

Some flight attendants are also questioning how an agreement reached between their union president and the CEO of U.S. Airways is even valid citing that their union constitution doesn't allow for it. Flight attendants argue that APFA's representational bargaining authority is between American and it's flight attendants, not U.S. Airways and American's flight attendants.

Also at issue is the meeting that was held between U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker, U.S. Airways President Scott Kirby and APFA President Laura Glading, which was organized and attended by the president's cousin, a senior executive at U.S. Airways. This meeting took place at a time when the CEOs of both airlines were having ongoing merger talks.

Rock Salomon, a Boston based flight attendant, is asking how an undisclosed meeting that delivered a negotiation's process which guaranteed the newly merged airline the lowest flight attendant labor costs of the airline's peers is even legal. "It's price-fixing for employees," stated Salomon.

With dropping fuel prices and lower capacity, American is set to see it's profit margin increase beyond that which the airline has already described as "historical."

Flight attendants want to know why they can't share in the airline's success when it was employee concessions that made it all happen. "[The executives] treat us like a piggybank," stated Samuel Morales, a Dallas based flight attendant,  "They come and turn us upside down every time they need money."

In a previous statement, Mr. Parker stated that "employees don't impact the daily profits," and this has struck a nerve with flight attendants given the friendly relationship the CEO has with their union leader.

"If the two can work together to deliver historical profits, wrote Morales," surely they can work together to deliver flight attendants a contract worth ratifying. The fact that they won’t has raised some eyebrows."

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