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APFA issues this statement to American CEO Doug Parker

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) National President Lori Bassani issued the following updated statement on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash and the 737 MAX 8:

“Our Flight Attendants are very concerned with the recent Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash, which has raised safety concerns with the 737 MAX 8. Many respected global carriers are grounding the planes. We are calling on our CEO Doug Parker to strongly consider grounding these planes until a thorough investigation can be performed. While we cannot draw premature conclusions, it is critical to work with manufacturers, regulators and airlines to take steps to address our important safety concerns. The safety of our crews and passengers is paramount. Our flight attendants will not be forced to fly if they feel unsafe. Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones of crew and passengers who perished aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya.”

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American Airlines flight attendant union demands investigation into company’s involvement in demeaning sex object video

APFA issued this statement:

A video that went viral last night has prompted the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) to demand that American Airlines (AA) CEO Doug Parker conduct an independent investigation of Management’s involvement in the incident. The video, which was posted on Twitter, captured a skit of individuals portrayed as Flight Attendants promoting sex appeal as an attraction to AA’s most prominent and lucrative passengers, those with premium Executive Platinum status. It is set to the musical score of “Big Spender.”

Reportedly, the skit was part of a fundraising auction and event with AA customers. AA Senior Management has represented to the APFA that it has nothing to do with the private skit or event.

APFA wants to know the details of Management’s involvement. Where was this skit performed? How was it allowed to be performed at an AA event? How did private members get a list of other Advantage members to hold this allegedly private event? Did the Company donate any resources for the event? Why was AA’s logo involved? What is AA’s relationship to the sponsor of the event? Will AA take responsibility or try to shift blame?

“This cannot be happening in today’s environment. We will not tolerate our profession being objectified in a sexist manner,” said APFA National President Lori Bassani. “We want the facts about the Company’s involvement and we want answers.”

APFA wants to be included in the independent investigation. “Let us get to the bottom of what really happened. A Facebook statement is not enough.”

American Airlines’ flight attendant union supports American Federation of Government employees

APFA union has issued this statement:

Today marks day 27 of the Government shutdown and our Nation’s airports are feeling the impact. At DFW Airport yesterday, TSA workers hosted a rally to show their frustration with how the shutdown is impacting them.

Lori Bassani, National President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) made the following statement yesterday in support of the TSA Union members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

“TSA workers are an instrumental part of the aviation industry, ensuring the safety and security of our crews and passengers every day. As Flight Attendants, we feel safer due to the important service our AFGE Brothers and Sisters provide. Today and every day we stand shoulder to shoulder with AFGE members and urge the Government to end this shutdown and pay their employees for their critical part in keeping our country secure.”

APFA pushes back against the DOJ and its objection to the American-US Airways merger

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The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) has issued this statement, backing up management’s response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcement of a lawsuit against the proposed American Airlines-US Airways merger:

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, representing more than 16,000 Flight Attendants at American Airlines, pushed back hard against today’s announcement that the Department of Justice would file suit to block the merger of American and US Airways.

“The fact that Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department have decided to stand in the way of this merger is outrageous and the height of hypocrisy,” said APFA President Laura Glading. “Their actions are only serving to prop up the duopoly they created and they’re doing it at the expense of consumers, the industry, and the employees of American and US Airways.”

Following major mergers of their own, Delta and United have emerged as the dominant carriers in the aviation industry and their vast networks have attracted the high-value business travelers airlines need in order to be profitable. Frequent flyers have left American in droves in favor of carriers with more routes and destinations. The American/US Airways merger will give these travelers a viable third option.

“The reason American is in bankruptcy is because it couldn’t compete in the environment created by the airline mergers of the past few years, which occurred with DOJ’s blessing. Now the game is in the third quarter and they want to change the rules,” Glading said. “It’s ludicrous.”

After decades of uncertainty, including bankruptcies, liquidations, and job losses, the mergers of Delta/Northwest and United/Continental helped move the aviation industry towards a stable and healthy competitive environment. The American/US Airways merger is the final piece of the deregulation puzzle that will provide long-term stability after 30 years of tumult. Without the merger, consumers and workers should expect more uncertainty and more failed airlines.

The DOJ suit claims that American can thrive on its own which is puzzling considering that each and every interested party that has examined this deal has arrived at the opposite conclusion. In reality, the merger has the strong support of airline executives, investors, and workers because everyone knows that neither carrier can compete as a standalone. Any recent success American has enjoyed can be credited to the employees whose wages and benefits were slashed in bankruptcy and to the consumer confidence the merger plan has generated.

For Flight Attendants, the merger will provide job security for thousands of middle class wage earners. The new American is the light at the end of a long tunnel for APFA members that have lost billions of dollars during the industry’s downturn.

“We’re going to continue to fight for this merger and we’re prepared to bring the fight to federal court, the halls of Congress, and the White House, if necessary,” Glading said. “Everyone needs this merger – airline investors, workers, and the flying public especially.”