Feb 28 Flight attendants at US Airways, which
merged with AMR Corp late last year to form American Airlines
Group, on Friday approved an agreement to change their
union at the merged company.
The US Airways flight attendants are represented by the
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union, while their
counterparts at American are represented by the Association of
Professional Flight Attendants (AFPA).
As a result of the vote, the AFPA will represent the 24,000
flight attendants at the combined airline.
The vote sets the stage for talks on a joint labor contract
to move faster, on a timetable expected to result in an
agreement in place no later than the first quarter of 2015.
The two unions planned to file an application with the U.S.
National Mediation Board in June to ask that the Association of
Professional Flight Attendants be certified as the
representative for flight attendants at the combined airline.
The US Airways flight attendants' vote was the last step before
the labor groups can formalize the change on representation.
Until the board certifies the change, the US Airways
attendants will retain their current representation.
Formed in December, American Airlines Group is the world's
biggest airline. Doug Parker, the former chief executive of US
Airways who took that role at the merged carrier, said in a
statement that the flight attendant vote showed that "the people
of American are working together in an environment of
coordinated, collaborative teamwork and mutual respect."
Shares of American Airlines were up 0.8 percent to $36.83 in