APFA President Glading To Resign Friday
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Laura Glading, the embattled president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the flight attendants' union at American Airlines, said she will resign effective Friday instead of waiting until the previously announced departure date of Dec. 2.
Glading has been under fire from some of her constituents and some members of the APFA's Board of Directors. She announced her resignation this past weekend; flight attendants still picketed the union’s headquarters on Tuesday prior to the board of directors’ meeting, alleging that collusion and nepotism within American and is merger partner, US Airways, contributed to reduced wages and a lack of a profit-sharing plan.
Glading shared a short note with APFA members, saying “After discussions with the APFA Board of Directors, I have concluded that it will be in the best interest of APFA and our members to have the transition from my presidency begin sooner than I had originally planned. Therefore, I have informed the Board that my resignation will be effective at the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.”
Glading, whose tenure was set to end anyway in less than six months, had already indicated she would not seek re-election.
In her original resignation letter, Glading noted that under her tenure, the APFA went from the airline’s proposal to “gut our contract and eliminate 21,400 jobs, to a merger that would result in the hiring of over 3,000 new Flight Attendants. If not for this incredible, unprecedented accomplishment, the 5,000 most junior Flight Attendants would not even be here today.”
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