Scuttlebutt on APFA allowing AA to hire FAs for the LAX-PVG route

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  1. justageek
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    Not surprisingly, the FAs are pissed off that AA is hiring new FAs when there are still furloughed FAs. Here's a story on how it went down...

    http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/02/did-apfa-jump-for-american-air.html

    [excerpt from letter from APFA Chicago to Chicago FAs]

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    These Mandarin speakers will have certain restrictions places on them:
    - They will be placed on the bottom of the seniority list - behind all furloughs.
    - They will be fenced in to LAX-I. If the Shanghai route does not pan out, they will be the first to be furloughed.
    - They will also be APFA members. Would you rather have another 30 APFA members or 30 members of management on these flights? Does Moscow ring a bell? Those Russian "speakers" were not APFA F/A's - they were management positions. By agreeing to let the company hire the Mandarin speakers as F/A's, they will be APFA members - not management.

    Some may say "Why are we giving the company anything, when we don't even have a contract"? I couldn't agree more, and until the BOD meeting, I strongly felt the same way. After our briefing, and after I received all of the facts, I then gained a clearer perspective on why APFA did what they did. I support their decision.

    There were some back door negotiations by 2 TWA F/A's with their Congressman from Missouri. One of these F/A's is none other than the current SLT Chairperson, Tim Hunter. This was unbeknownst to APFA. In a nutshell, the Congressman then contacted Laura Glading and basically pushed her into a corner - either grant the remaining furloughs unlimited recall rights, or he would add an amendment to the FAA Authorization Bill granting the TWA F/A's their full seniority. Plain and simple, APFA was being blackmailed!

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    BTW while the threatened Congressional intervention was clearly sleazy, it's even more disgusting that APFA wanted to deny AA the opportunity to hire Mandarin-speaking FAs for the LAX-PVG route, without obtaining "concessions." Then again, I guess nothing surprises me from airline unions anymore.
     
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    relevant question: Do any of the furloughed ee's speak Mandarin?
     
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