The peaceful protest was the third time flight attendants staged a picket since November.

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Flight attendants at Fort Worth-based American Airlines held an informational picket at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on Tuesday. The move comes as the union representing the workers continues negotiating with the carrier to raise their pay.

The flight attendants called on American’s CEO to initiate the pay bump, referencing the airline’s recent financial report, where it made over $800,000,000. The union is also reportedly seeking staffing improvements.

One of nine pickets

American’s flight attendants last received a pay raise four years ago, according to The Dallas Morning News. The union that represents the crew members is the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA). Representing 25,000 flight attendants, the union wants to keep the issue in front of the traveling public as the busy summer travel season is on the horizon.

The picketing, one of nine taking place around the country, happened outside Terminal A at DFW, which is exclusive to American’s flights. Flight attendants carried signs that read, “$803,000,000 reasons for a pay raise,” pointing to the airline’s profit in fourth-quarter 2022.

Another sign said, “We are waiting for Robert,” which was a direct call to the carrier’s CEO, Robert Isom. A veteran at American, Isom recently completed his first year as CEO after working alongside the airline’s previous CEO, Doug Parker, for 20 years.

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“To have labor peace”

Alin Boswell, the assistant to the National President of the APFA, said that the appropriate time for American to provide a pay raise for its crew members is now, considering its profitability has returned, and its demand has remained high. Boswell, too, called on Isom to initiate a raise, according to The Dallas Morning News.

“Robert has been around this airline for a long, long time. This is no surprise. He knows he needs to get contracts done, to have labor peace, and that just makes for a better travel experience for everybody.”

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According to Julie Hedrick, the National President at the APFA, negotiations with the oneworld airline are at a critical phase.

“We are working harder than we have ever worked,” Hedrick said.

Staffing improvements

The APFA President also said the union is pushing American to improve its staffing so that flight attendants could better serve passengers. Tuesday’s picket marks the third time since November that the carrier’s flight attendants staged protests at airports nationwide.

Last month, the APFA and American filed for federal mediation with the National Mediation Board to expedite contract negotiations. American Airlines Spokesperson Sarah Jantz said the airline is “proud of the progress” it has made in negotiations with the union.

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American has been negotiating contracts with its flight attendants and pilots since 2019. The Dallas Morning News also reported that the carrier’s pilots have also ramped up their pressure with a strike authorization vote set to take place this month.

On Friday, Isom reportedly reiterated to American’s pilots that he is prepared to match pay raises that pilots at Delta Air Lines recently approved. A proposed contract would boost pilot’s pay by $8 billion over a four-year period.

Source: The Dallas Morning News


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