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Association of Professional Flight Attendants
Proudly Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines
Office of the President
November 20, 2013

Roger Holmin
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA
501 Third Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001
Dear Roger:
Last year, US Airways announced its intention to merge with American. For the better part of two years,
APFA has worked tirelessly to make this merger happen. Flight Attendants can triumph at long last. This
should be a time for celebration, renewed cooperation, and unity. But no sooner had the ink dried on the
Justice Department’s settlement than AFA-CWA ramped up the kind of divisive rhetoric and tactics that
are crippling the labor movement. It is clear now that AFA-CWA is fully committed to trying to force a
representation election at the new American. I cannot express how disappointed I am in the way you and
your colleagues have chosen to conduct yourselves.
Last Friday, you sent me a letter stating, in no uncertain terms, that the agreement APFA and AFA-CWA
had been working toward since the spring was no longer on the table. For months, you and I have sat
across that table hammering out the details of this agreement – one that puts Flight Attendants first. In the
agreement we had addressed your concerns, including the bargaining timeline, and it provided the
protections all Flight Attendants need – including the arbitration backstop. The agreement also creates a
joint negotiating committee consisting of members from both APFA and AFA that would put together
contract openers based on the best provisions of both contracts. It is a win-win. Now you want to throw
all that hard work away. According to the demands in your letter from Friday, my team and I are to arrive
at our meeting on November 27 prepared to discuss a completely different proposal. One drafted by AFACWA without our input whatsoever. Roger, we simply cannot do that.
In light of your recent letter, earlier today I convened a special conference call of the APFA Board of
Directors. We discussed your proposal and your ultimatum. The Board decided unanimously that we
cannot abandon months of cooperative discussions simply because the powers that be at AFA-CWA have
changed their minds. The APFA Board remains fully committed to the Strategic Partnership Agreement
we were so close to finalizing. Since that appears to no longer be up for discussion, there is no point in
our meeting on November 27th. Instead, the APFA leadership has chosen to focus on the many tasks at
hand that affect or will affect the Flight Attendants of the new American.
1004 West Euless Blvd. • Euless, Texas 76040
Tel: (817) 540-0108 • Fax: (817) 540-2077
Roger Holmin
November 20, 2013
Page 2
Despite what some of the AFA leadership have been spreading to your membership and to ours, you and I
both know that APFA has been extremely patient, even forgiving, throughout our representation
discussions. We have accommodated all of AFA’s challenging internal politics. We tolerated a 10-week
pause in our discussions while you tried to oust your International President. We even looked the other
way as AFA operatives began to raid us and mislead our membership with a coordinated propaganda
campaign. Personally, I cannot count how many attacks on my character – including some from the AFACWA International Vice President – I have ignored. Rather than engage in this sideshow, we continued to
work towards an agreement because we knew it was in the best interest of the Flight Attendants.
We cannot allow AFA-CWA’s antics to sap our energy and resources. As American prepares to exit
bankruptcy and merge with US Airways, we have a higher responsibility. APFA must focus its attention
on the critical issues Flight Attendants will be facing in the coming months. Our agenda is full. Our
negotiating team is preparing to achieve an industry-leading contract. Our contract department is
implementing a bridge agreement. We will be processing the most valuable equity claim any Flight
Attendant union has ever seen. We have profit sharing to distribute and new hires to welcome.
As president of the APFA, elected by a direct vote of the membership, it is my responsibility to focus on
the task at hand. I cannot afford to submit to AFA’s obvious ploy to distract and divide us. As for what
could have been: it will always weigh heavily on my heart.
The work goes on.
In unity,
Laura Glading
cc:

Veda Shook
Sara Nelson
Rick Knuth
Diane Tucker
Joe Burns
Larry Cohen

1004 West Euless Blvd. • Euless, Texas 76040
Tel: (817) 540-0108 • Fax: (817) 540-2077

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Letter from-laura-glading-roger-holmin-afa-112013

  • 1. Association of Professional Flight Attendants Proudly Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines Office of the President November 20, 2013 Roger Holmin Association of Flight Attendants-CWA 501 Third Street, NW, 10th Floor Washington, D.C. 20001 Dear Roger: Last year, US Airways announced its intention to merge with American. For the better part of two years, APFA has worked tirelessly to make this merger happen. Flight Attendants can triumph at long last. This should be a time for celebration, renewed cooperation, and unity. But no sooner had the ink dried on the Justice Department’s settlement than AFA-CWA ramped up the kind of divisive rhetoric and tactics that are crippling the labor movement. It is clear now that AFA-CWA is fully committed to trying to force a representation election at the new American. I cannot express how disappointed I am in the way you and your colleagues have chosen to conduct yourselves. Last Friday, you sent me a letter stating, in no uncertain terms, that the agreement APFA and AFA-CWA had been working toward since the spring was no longer on the table. For months, you and I have sat across that table hammering out the details of this agreement – one that puts Flight Attendants first. In the agreement we had addressed your concerns, including the bargaining timeline, and it provided the protections all Flight Attendants need – including the arbitration backstop. The agreement also creates a joint negotiating committee consisting of members from both APFA and AFA that would put together contract openers based on the best provisions of both contracts. It is a win-win. Now you want to throw all that hard work away. According to the demands in your letter from Friday, my team and I are to arrive at our meeting on November 27 prepared to discuss a completely different proposal. One drafted by AFACWA without our input whatsoever. Roger, we simply cannot do that. In light of your recent letter, earlier today I convened a special conference call of the APFA Board of Directors. We discussed your proposal and your ultimatum. The Board decided unanimously that we cannot abandon months of cooperative discussions simply because the powers that be at AFA-CWA have changed their minds. The APFA Board remains fully committed to the Strategic Partnership Agreement we were so close to finalizing. Since that appears to no longer be up for discussion, there is no point in our meeting on November 27th. Instead, the APFA leadership has chosen to focus on the many tasks at hand that affect or will affect the Flight Attendants of the new American. 1004 West Euless Blvd. • Euless, Texas 76040 Tel: (817) 540-0108 • Fax: (817) 540-2077
  • 2. Roger Holmin November 20, 2013 Page 2 Despite what some of the AFA leadership have been spreading to your membership and to ours, you and I both know that APFA has been extremely patient, even forgiving, throughout our representation discussions. We have accommodated all of AFA’s challenging internal politics. We tolerated a 10-week pause in our discussions while you tried to oust your International President. We even looked the other way as AFA operatives began to raid us and mislead our membership with a coordinated propaganda campaign. Personally, I cannot count how many attacks on my character – including some from the AFACWA International Vice President – I have ignored. Rather than engage in this sideshow, we continued to work towards an agreement because we knew it was in the best interest of the Flight Attendants. We cannot allow AFA-CWA’s antics to sap our energy and resources. As American prepares to exit bankruptcy and merge with US Airways, we have a higher responsibility. APFA must focus its attention on the critical issues Flight Attendants will be facing in the coming months. Our agenda is full. Our negotiating team is preparing to achieve an industry-leading contract. Our contract department is implementing a bridge agreement. We will be processing the most valuable equity claim any Flight Attendant union has ever seen. We have profit sharing to distribute and new hires to welcome. As president of the APFA, elected by a direct vote of the membership, it is my responsibility to focus on the task at hand. I cannot afford to submit to AFA’s obvious ploy to distract and divide us. As for what could have been: it will always weigh heavily on my heart. The work goes on. In unity, Laura Glading cc: Veda Shook Sara Nelson Rick Knuth Diane Tucker Joe Burns Larry Cohen 1004 West Euless Blvd. • Euless, Texas 76040 Tel: (817) 540-0108 • Fax: (817) 540-2077