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Flight Attendants Demand Florida Withdraw AA-US Airways Merger Suit

Airlines & Airports | American Airlines | James Shillinglaw | October 06, 2013

Flight Attendants Demand Florida Withdraw AA-US Airways Merger Suit

Flight Attendants unions (APFA) for American Airlines and US Airways, flush from their success in getting Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to withdraw from the U.S. Justice Department lawsuit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, are calling on Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and attorneys general from five other states to do the same.

“Florida, particularly South Florida, is home to about 2,500 American flight attendants that are in need of good wages and long term job security, but General Bondi is standing in the way of that,” said Laura Glading, president of APFA. “Pam Bondi’s participation in the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit demonstrates a lack of understanding of what the merger means for her constituents. Everyone -- business travelers, tourists, and airline employees -- stand to benefit from the new American. We were able to explain that to General Abbott in Texas and we’d like to do the same in Florida.”

Unable to compete with United and Delta, which had recently merged with Continental and Northwest, respectively, American Airlines was forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 2011. It is clear that in order for American to be competitive, it needs to merge with US Airways, according to APFA. The merger plan has had the strong support of employees at both companies since its inception. But the Justice Department and attorneys general from seven states and the District of Columbia filed an eleventh-hour lawsuit to block the merger in August.

Last week, members of Florida’s congressional delegation sent a letter to General Bondi urging her to support the merger. The letter was authored by Rep. Alcee Hastings and signed by Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankle, Frederica Wilson, Joe Garcia, and Patrick Murphy.

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