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AFA union calls on American CEO Doug Parker to “treat all employees equally”

Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) has issued this statement about the recent flight attendant base closures of Envoy Air in Los Angeles, Miami, San Juan and now New York City. Envoy Air has been shrinking in size, both in the number of bases and employees. Here is the full statement by AFA:

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Flight Attendant leaders from 18 airlines, representatives of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), unanimously adopted a resolution in support of Envoy Air Flight Attendants. Envoy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group (AAG). The AFA Flight Attendant leaders from across the aviation industry called on American CEO Doug Parker and Envoy Air President Pedro Fabregas to work with AFA to mitigate the impact of several Flight Attendant base closures on the hard-working Envoy Flight Attendants.

“Closures in Los Angeles, Miami, San Juan, and now New York City have displaced hundreds of Flight Attendants, uprooted them from their families and friends, and without any consideration from the AAG management team,” said Envoy AFA MEC President Robert Barrow. “We’re calling on American CEO Doug Parker and Envoy President Pedro Fabregas to act in the best interest of the airline and its dedicated employees by providing reasonable opportunities for Flight Attendants at Envoy Air.”

AAG is making record setting profits, but yet refuses to honor their frontline employees’ contributions to the success of the Envoy operation. While Doug Parker announced a 4% wage increase for Flight Attendants and other employees working American’s mainline operation, the Flight Attendants serving the same passengers for American Eagle at Envoy have been asked for cuts from their contract.

“At our board meeting last week, we passed a resolution in solidarity with our sisters and brothers at Envoy Air,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson. “With our union’s backing, we’re calling for equal treatment, an option of a Voluntary Separation Package, and that management stop their heavy-handed actions towards employees and their hard-earned collective bargaining rights.”

As the world’s largest Flight Attendant union, AFA supports Flight Attendants, as well as Flight Attendants around the world, in their fight to secure fair and equitable working conditions.

“Mr. Fabregas says he’s working to minimize the impact on Flight Attendants following the base closures, but true leadership would result in making good on that statement in a way that is meaningful to Envoy Air’s first responders – its Flight Attendants,” said Barrow.

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Air Wisconsin CRJ200 flight evacuated after passenger’s lithium battery sent smoke into the cabin

Air Wisconsin (American Eagle) (Appleton) flight ZW/AA 4010 from Charlotte to Richmond on Saturday (April 25) with Bombardier CRJ200 (CL-600-2B19) N430AW (msn 7719) was evacuated after landing at Richmond. The 42 passengers and three crew members safely evacuated the regional jet on the taxiway after a lithium battery from one of the passengers sent smoke through the cabin according to NBC Channel 12. The flight attendant used the fire extinguisher to douse out the fire in the hand luggage according to the report.

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Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. N430AW in US Airways Express colors arrives at the Charlotte hub.

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American Airlines to use electronic flight attendant manuals

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American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) was the first airline with a paperless cockpit, and now American’s cabins are also paperless. The airline is the first mainline carrier to provide flight attendants with electronic manuals, accessible through a handheld tablet.

“The accessibility and functionality that the tablet provides our flight attendants will greatly improve their work environment,” said Hector Adler, vice president of Flight Service for American Airlines. “The tablet allows us to reduce our dependency on paper products and to share important safety information with our flight attendants more quickly. This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us at American as we modernize our processes and provide our employees with the best tools to do their job, and provide better service to our customers.”

American no longer relies on printing and shipping updates for flight attendant manuals, saving the company $300,000 annually. As a result, flight attendants can now update their manuals in a matter of minutes and search for items in seconds, improving work efficiencies. Switching to the lightweight 5.3-inch Samsung tablet from the nearly 5-lb. paper manual will save the company nearly $650,000 in fuel annually based on current fuel prices. The tablets also will help reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by 2100 metric tons – or 4.6 million pounds annually.

American’s flight attendants began using eManuals exclusively on September 1, after a six-month test-evaluation period, with oversight from the FAA. In addition to the manual, the tablet provides real-time updates to flight attendants about premium customers, special meals, connection gates, special services and other information.

American’s first flight attendant training class that trained solely on the tablet will graduate in October. The eManuals will roll out to US Airways flight attendants after the two carriers achieve a Single Operating Certificate, planned for mid-2015.

American’s pilots were the first to use an Electronic Flight Bag through all phases of flight. The 1.2 pound iPad replaced a 35-pound kitbag, cutting the risk of injury and saving an estimated $1.2 million of fuel annually.

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A second US Airways flight diverts to Ireland due to flight attendant illness

US Airways (Phoenix and Dallas/Fort Worth) had a second European flight divert yesterday (May 19) due to flight attendant illness. This incident follows the previous incident on May 10. Both flights originated in Venice, Italy.

Flight US 715 with an Airbus A330-200 with 238 passengers and 12 crew members from Venice to the Philadelphia hub was forced to divert to Ireland again after five flight attendants and this time a passenger felt ill according to this report by CNN.

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