American and flight attendants begin single contract talks

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American Airlines and its two flight attendant unions have begun negotiations on a single contract covering all of its cabin crews.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) representing legacy US Airways employees and Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) representing legacy American employees submitted their opening proposal to the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier on 24 April, they say in a joint statement.

Talks are expected to take about 150 days with a new agreement complete by early 2015 with the help of the US National Mediation Board (NMB), they say.

“Flight attendants are ready to take full advantage of the benefits of the US Airways/American merger,” says Roger Holmin, AFA US Airways president, in a statement. “By using the combined strength and resources of our two unions, we are prepared to negotiate the best contract at the world's biggest airline.”

Negotiations will follow the agreement reached by the unions and airline outlining the process, which was ratified by flight attendants in February.

American and US Airways merged in December 2013.