WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Flight attendants during American Airlines deserted a five-year agreement Sunday, forcing a world’s largest conduit and a kinship for cabin-crew workers into contracting arbitration.
Just 16 votes blocked a agreement – with 8,180 voting for and 8,196 voting against, a Association of Professional Flight Attendants pronounced in a statement.
The rejecting of a agreement affects roughly 24,000 workers and complicates a formation of American Airlines and US Airways. The dual joined final year to form a world’s biggest airline operator. The due agreement enclosed guaranteed raises though finished a profit-sharing plan.
Last month, American Airlines Group Inc., formed in Fort Worth, Texas, reported an all-time best $942 million distinction in a June-through-September quarter, scarcely double a volume that American and US Airways warranted alone final year. CEO Doug Parker likely some-more annals for a fourth-quarter.
Other carriers including United, Southwest and Delta common increase final year, with Atlanta-based Delta profitable out $506 million to employees formed on a 2013 profits.
American Airlines pronounced in a matter that it was “disappointed” by a vote.
The association pronounced a due agreement “would have supposing extremely some-more mercantile value and most improved work manners than a agreement that will be dynamic by arbitration.”
The initial settlement assembly is scheduled for Dec 3, a kinship said.