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News Release

Release #02.041
May 14, 2002 


American Eagle and American Airlines Pilots and Flight Attendants to Conduct Unity March at Annual AMR Shareholders Meeting

FT. WORTH, TX – The pilots and flight attendants of American Eagle Airlines and American Airlines will conduct a Unity March at the annual meeting of AMR shareholders on Wednesday, May 15, between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. The informational picketing will be held adjacent to the American Airlines Training and Conference Center near DFW International Airport. Unions represented on the picket line include: Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), representing American Eagle pilots; Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing American Airlines pilots; Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), representing American Eagle flight attendants; Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) representing American Airlines flight attendants; and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) who are organizing the passenger service professionals of American Airlines and American Eagle.

"It’s time to inform AMR management that it needs to start cooperating with all of its unions, instead of working against us. That is why we’ll be marching shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow union members," said Capt. Jim Higgins, chairman of the ALPA American Eagle Master Executive Council. "Our unity as ‘All American’ employees is extremely important to us as professional flight crews, and we feel management should recognize us as such and respect the contribution we make as AMR employees," Higgins added.

"We are concerned about the future of our company; the security of our families is tied to a successful, growing airline with a unified, motivated workforce. We feel that our management’s harsh interaction with its unionized employees and its pitting one employee group against another jeopardize that goal," Higgins said.

Below are details of the informational picketing:

Where: American Airlines Training and Conference Center — Main Gate, 4501 Highway 360, Ft. Worth, Texas. The Media Center will be on the Hwy 360 Service Road inside the traffic cones near the main entrance.

When: Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Formed in 1931 and affiliated with the AFL-CIO, ALPA is the world’s oldest and largest pilots union, representing more than 62,000 pilots at 42 airlines in the United States and Canada. ALPA’s website is

Founded in 1963, APA is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. American Airlines and TWA LLC are subsidiaries of AMR Corp. (NYSE: AMR).

More than 50,000 flight attendants, including the 1200 flight attendants at American Eagle, join together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. Visit the AFA website at

APFA celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. The union was certified by the NMB in May 1977. APFA now represents over 25,000 flight attendants at American Airlines and TWA-LLC. The union is headquartered in Euless, Texas. Visit the APFA website at

CWA represents more than 700,000 workers in communications and information services, media, broadcast and publishing, higher education, health care and public service, the airline industry, and manufacturing.


ALPA Contact: James Magee (972) 896-5317

APA Contact: Greg Overman (817) 302-2250

AFA Contact: Dawn Deeks (202) 712-9799 x804

APFA Contact: George Price (817) 540-0108 x8308

CWA Contact: Mike Lo Vuolo (817) 868-9933