American Eagle flight attendants voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the bankrupt airline last month. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) said the deal contains “substantial improvements” over management’s original bankruptcy term sheet as well as its so-called Last Best Final Offer. Eighty-seven percent of the AFA members who cast ballots voted in favor of the agreement.
“The bankruptcy laws give companies an indecent and abusive amount of power,” said American Eagle’s AFA president, Robert Barrow. “It is not a fair fight, so we have to fight smart. We did that in the bankruptcy negotiations and fought hard to achieve a deal that preserves our work rules and actually includes wage hikes and other improvements. No one wanted to vote for this agreement, but our members recognized that doing so was in our best long-term interest.”
In Chapter 11 bankruptcy since November 29 along with parent company AMR and American Airlines, American Eagle maintains flight attendant domiciles in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, San Juan, Los Angeles and both international airports in New York City.