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UNIONS AT AMR CORP. CONDUCT UNITY MARCH DURING ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING, EMPHASIZE NEED FOR COOPERATION
Management must negotiate in good faith and abide by agreements, say unions
Fort Worth, Texas (May 15, 2002)—Four unions representing pilots and flight attendants for American Airlines and American Eagle conducted a unity march this morning during the AMR Annual Shareholders Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas (NYSE: AMR). On hand were hundreds of employees from various AMR subsidiary companies.
Taking part in the unity march:
- Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), representing the 2700 pilots of American Eagle.
- Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 11,500 pilots of American Airlines and 2,300 pilots of TWA LLC.
- Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), representing the 25,000 flight attendants of American Airlines.
- Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), representing the 1200 flight attendants of American Eagle.
- Communications Workers of America (CWA), which is currently organizing the passenger service professionals of American Airlines and American Eagle.
In all, the unions participating in the march represent a total of 40,400 AMR employees.
"We are asking management to abide by the contracts they negotiate with us," said Captain Jim Higgins, Chairman of the American Eagle ALPA Master Executive Council. "Otherwise, we are forced to ask ourselves ‘when is a deal a deal?’"
"We’re out here today to show support for one another," said Captain John Darrah, APA President. "It’s time for all of the unions at AMR to work together, rather than permit management to drive a wedge between us, as they have attempted to do in the past."
"We are concerned about our collective futures," said John Ward, President of the APFA. "Management’s approach to labor relations threatens our companies’ well being and places us all in jeopardy."
"Management must make a commitment to negotiate in good faith with all of the unions on the property," said Patricia Hoefener, American Eagle MEC President of the AFA. "That commitment is essential to the establishment of a healthy labor-management relationship."
The unions indicated that additional demonstrations of unity would take place in the coming months.
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Founded in 1963, APA is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. American Airlines and TWA LLC are subsidiaries of AMR Corp.
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 Web site is http://www.alpa.org.
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. www.apfa.org
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 us at www.afanet.org.
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.
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