For Immediate Release: January 25, 2013
Contact: Corey Caldwell 202-434-0586
AFA Blasts AMR Outsourcing Regional Flying, Defends Work of
American Eagle Flight Attendants
Washington, DC – Flight Attendants at American Eagle,
represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA),
responded to the recent announcement that AMR Corporation will
begin outsourcing American Airlines regional flying to a non
AMR-owned carrier. AFA American Eagle President Robert Barrow
issued the following statement:
“AMR management’s outsourcing of regional flying is despicable.
This is not only a betrayal of American Eagle employees who have
given up so much to make our airline competitive, it represents
the very corporate hubris that undermines our economy.
“Since American Eagle was forced into bankruptcy, we have been
repeatedly told that it was necessary for all employees to share
equally in the sacrifice. We were told that we have to lower
Flight Attendant costs to be an attractive feeder airline for
American Airlines. We negotiated in good faith and were told
that if we contributed to a leaner American Eagle, our airline
would grow and we would pursue other flying opportunities.
“After pushing back against unreasonable demands, Flight
Attendants were compelled to make cuts and sacrifices by
anti-worker bankruptcy laws, and under management’s deceitful
assertion that our airline would remain competitive and grow.
“After, giving up so much to make our Company viable, management
is now, hypocritically, planning to outsource regional flying.
This imprudent decision is another example of the questionable
judgment by AMR management that landed American Eagle in
“For years, American Eagle has been a profitable subsidiary and
Flight Attendants have been an instrumental part of the overall
success. Our contributions over the past three decades have been
vital to the success of our airline. Together, we have dug deep
and created opportunities for our airline’s future. We lived up
to our end of the agreement. It is time management live up to
AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Eagle and
American Airlines, filed for bankruptcy protection in November
2011. AFA leadership at American Eagle has been fully engaged in
responding to the bankruptcy filing and, along with financial
and legal advisors, remains committed to defending Flight
Attendant rights throughout the process.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest
Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant
issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight
Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice for
Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in
the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight
Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working
conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to
form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications
Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.