Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Labor Softening Up to Alliances?

The Associated Press ran a story a few days ago indicating that the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union representing American Airlines' flight attendants, is supporting the airline's bid to receive antitrust immunity for the oneworld Alliance.  See Union Backs American Airlines Antitrust Immunity, Assoc. Press, Oct. 29, 2009 (available here).  From the story:

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants said Thursday airlines that have forged global alliances have benefited from strong job and revenue growth. That puts the flight attendants at odds with the pilots' union at American, which opposes immunity and says the deal with BA and Iberia will lead to job losses.

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The president of American's flight attendants' union, Laura Glading, said immunity offers the best chance to protect and create jobs at American. A third union at American, the Transport Workers Association, which represents about 25,000 ground workers, endorsed the antitrust immunity bid in June.


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