American Eagle flight attendants protest AMR

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by SHON GABLES

WFAA

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 2:39 PM

DALLAS - Several dozen American Eagle flight attendants picketed outside Terminal B at D/FW Airport on Tuesday protesting what they called outrageous Chapter 11 demands.

 

"Nothing has changed except that bankruptcy gives management a hammer and a process to demand unreasonable concessions from workers," said Robert Barrow, union president for American Eagle.

 

Barrow told News 8 that Eagle flight attendants have received protest support from the world's largest flight attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants.

Flight attendants were in uniform but not getting paid during the protest. Its purpose was is to rattle management in an attempt to have them reconsider what attendants have called an attack on their contract, the union said.

 

“Restructuring the company is a difficult but necessary process,” said Bruce Hicks, American Eagle spokesperson.” Every employee group - unionized, independent, support staff and management - will be affected. We are meeting with representatives from each union to negotiate the changes needed to make us successful, and are focused on reaching consensual agreements. Our goal is to exit as a growing, profitable company that preserves thousands of jobs. “

 

If the judge in New York approves AMR's bankruptcy proposals, any deals made with the union will be void.

 

During the tornadic storms that hit North Texas last week, there were millions of dollars in damage to AMR planes. Rivals have pursued mergers and the company's unions are fighting for job security and pay raises.

E-mail: sgables@wfaa.com

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