Unions of new American flight attendants reach deal

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The union that represented the pre-merger American Airlines flight attendants will represent 24,000 flight attendants at the new American, following an agreement struck between two unions.

AFA represents US Airways' pre-merger flight attendants while the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) represents the pre-merger American workgroup.

"Within the next six months the unions will jointly file for a single carrier determination from the National Mediation Board after which time APFA will be certified as the collective bargaining representative for the craft and class of flight attendants at the new American Airlines," say the two unions in a statement.

The agreement between the two unions is subject to agreement with American's management and a vote by the pre-merger US Airways flight attendants. Negotiations on a joint collective bargaining agreement will begin in 2014.

"This agreement paves the way for our combined membership to negotiate the industry-leading contract we deserve," says Roger Holmin, Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-CWA President at US Airways.

American and US Airways closed their merger on 9 December.