American Airlines, flight attendants fail to cut costs

Jun 2, 2012 Full story: Reuters 8

American Airlines failed to agree on cost-cutting measures with its flight attendants' union, setting the stage for a judge to rule on voiding the contract for the bankrupt carrier, a subsidiary of AMR Corp, the union said in a statement late on Friday.

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Since: Apr 08

Tulsa, OK

#1 Jun 2, 2012
Bah bye!
Jen Smith

Euless, TX

#3 Jun 4, 2012
No surprise there! The president for the flight attendants couldn't have said it any better when she said: "if the trigger is going to be pulled, we would rather have someone else do it than do it ourselves!" These flight attendants know what they are dealing with and what the stakes are but their integrity and fight for fairness and what's right have once again prevailed. Regardless of the outcome, i find their stance admirable and courageous! This is what a union is all about and this group definitely stands united.
Chubbie Miller

Irving, TX

#4 Jun 4, 2012
Jen Smith wrote:
fight for fairness and what's right have once again prevailed.
AMR is losing millions every day that it flies airplanes and the FA's want everything to stay the same. Greedy is a better description of their attitude, not fairness.
Angry White United Pilot

Everett, WA

#5 Jun 4, 2012
Shut it down now!

Show the government we won't stand for this anymore! It's time for re-regultion.

Bring the economy to it's knees now!
Jen Smith

Lewisville, TX

#6 Jun 4, 2012
Chubbie Miller wrote:
<quoted text>AMR is losing millions every day that it flies airplanes and the FA's want everything to stay the same. Greedy is a better description of their attitude, not fairness.
You obviously have no clue what the workers at AA have been through the last 9 years. The flight attendants are far from GREEDY as you call them. They took BIG pay cuts back in 2003 to help the struggling airline-only to watch year after year their management team stuff their pockets with stock incentives and bonuses. And these flight attendants STILL have yet to get back what they gave up nine years ago!!! How in your right mind can you call this greed??????!!!! They are not asking for anything more than what they deserve-sorry you have such a hard time understanding that
murphy7

Anaheim, CA

#7 Jun 5, 2012
Jen Smith wrote:
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You obviously have no clue what the workers at AA have been through the last 9 years. The flight attendants are far from GREEDY as you call them. They took BIG pay cuts back in 2003 to help the struggling airline-only to watch year after year their management team stuff their pockets with stock incentives and bonuses. And these flight attendants STILL have yet to get back what they gave up nine years ago!!! How in your right mind can you call this greed??????!!!! They are not asking for anything more than what they deserve-sorry you have such a hard time understanding that
Come on Jen, ALL other legacy carriers have given up far more. Ask anyone of those workers how much they lost in the process. You still have all your jobs, benefits, pensions etc. They lost it all. Now their carriers are smoking AA each and every day. Welcome to the new real world where workers share in the costs and remain un protected from the ravages of this economy we find ourselves in.
murphy7

Anaheim, CA

#8 Jun 5, 2012
Jen Smith wrote:
<quoted text>
You obviously have no clue what the workers at AA have been through the last 9 years. The flight attendants are far from GREEDY as you call them. They took BIG pay cuts back in 2003 to help the struggling airline-only to watch year after year their management team stuff their pockets with stock incentives and bonuses. And these flight attendants STILL have yet to get back what they gave up nine years ago!!! How in your right mind can you call this greed??????!!!! They are not asking for anything more than what they deserve-sorry you have such a hard time understanding that
Believe me,I sympathize with you. My wife works in the airline industry. Job loss or less income hurts. Been there done that. Those executives got stuffed pockets because thats how the brass at corporate America get paid and its not unique to the airline industry. Dont think for one minute your leadership was unaware of the compensation plans in place even though they feign amazement whenever the pay plans are revealed. The losses are simple to explain and well documented. Its not a million dollars worth of stock that's breaking the company. The new AA will be leaner meaner and aggressive. The other legacy carriers are back to making what they used as are their workers. Its just based more on input and effort versus senority and protectionism. Ask Southwest how they do it. Their workers are very well compensated.
murphy7

Anaheim, CA

#9 Jun 5, 2012
tulaaretired wrote:
Bah bye!
Really? 78,000 jobs lost before they agree to a merger. The poison pill will be in place--count on that. So you go on counting your pension dollars paid for by all these "bah bye folks" while an entire cities worth of people go broke. Glad you can sleep at night.

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