Wednesday, July 24, 2024
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The Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), representing about 28,000 American Airlines flight attendants, announced that the latest round of negotiations with American Airlines did not result in an agreement. This development moves the union closer to a potential strike, although the flight attendants cannot strike without permission from the National Mediation Board (NMB).

The NMB must first determine that negotiations are at an impasse and that further bargaining would be unproductive, a process that can be lengthy and complex, making it difficult for airline workers to strike. Last year, the NMB denied a request from the union to be released from federal mediation.

American Airlines stated that it will continue negotiations to reach an agreement beneficial to its flight attendants, expressing optimism that an agreement is within reach and looking forward to scheduling additional negotiation dates.

Negotiations for a new contract began in January 2020 but were paused during the pandemic, resuming in June 2021. Earlier this month, American Airlines offered its flight attendants immediate wage increases of 17%, an offer that was unanimously rejected by the APFA.

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