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Flight attendants support American Airlines and US Airways merger

  • The union for flight attendants of American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK) asks its members to contact state attorneys general in select states to reconsider joining a DOJ action to block the merger between American and US Airways (LCC +2.7%).
  • "A merger is good for employees and it is good for U.S. consumers," says the group.
  • After several states joined the suit, the hurdles for the carriers to reach a quick settlement became higher.
This was corrected on 08/20/2013 at 03:03 PM.
Comments (13)
  • robandcindy2
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    You need to check your sources:

     

    This is from the APFA Hotline:

     

    APFA Hotline - August 19,2013

     

    CALL TO ACTION. IT IS TIME TO MOBILIZE AND FIGHT BACK!

     

    The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the merger with US Airways. As you know, there were six states’ Attorneys General who joined the DOJ lawsuit: Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Virginia, and Tennessee. In addition, the District of Columbia also joined.

     

    Many of you have been requesting what you can do to help in our fight.

     

    For our first call to action we are asking that every Flight Attendant please contact the above Attorneys General immediately and include the following points:
    Dear Attorney General:

     

    1. I am contacting you to reconsider your opposition to the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines. As a Professional Flight Attendant since (insert year you started flying), I know what the merger means to me and to the thousands of other American Airlines employees. Never before have the employees and management worked so hard and well together all in an effort to save these two great companies. A merger is good for employees and it is good for U.S. consumers.

     

    http://bit.ly/13P1ehl
    20 Aug 2013, 12:45 PM Reply Like
  • mako26
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    always count on unions to look out for their members.just ask the former hostess employees,...
    20 Aug 2013, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • jackooo
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    The unions look out for themselves. IT IS A FOR PROFIT BUSINESS!!!
    20 Aug 2013, 01:46 PM Reply Like
  • Asymmetrical Investing
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    You got it wrong, the point of the flight attendants letter is to convince the state AG's to drop the lawsuit. So, this is a positive development for the merger going forward, especially if any of the AG's agree to pull their support.

     

    My view is that both LCC and AAMRQ are buys as I expect the DOJ ultimately to reverse itself, likely with some concessions from the combined carrier.
    20 Aug 2013, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • PLANEDAVE
    , contributor
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    The flight attendents union supports the meger and are urging the members to ask state attorneys general to oppose DOJ blocking the merger not join the DOJ suit.

     

    "Association of Professional Flight Attendants encouraged members to contact Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the other state attorneys general and ask them to oppose the Justice Department’s lawsuit to block the American Airlines-US Airways merger."
    20 Aug 2013, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • 1356
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    Believe you have the story backwards.
    http://bit.ly/18I2HcB
    20 Aug 2013, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • US757
    , contributor
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    You have this backward, they are urging them to oppose the DOJ.
    Here's the letter:
    Dear Attorney General:

     

    1. I am contacting you to reconsider your opposition to the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines. As a Professional Flight Attendant since (insert year you started flying), I know what the merger means to me and to the thousands of other American Airlines employees. Never before have the employees and management worked so hard and well together all in an effort to save these two great companies. A merger is good for employees and it is good for U.S. consumers.

     

    2. The merger will provide job security for tens of thousands of workers across the country. Neither of these companies can adequately compete with Delta and United and failure of one or both would result in the decimation of jobs, less competition, higher airfares, and fewer options for the flying public.

     

    3. I hope you will reconsider your participation in this ill-advised lawsuit and instead support a stronger, more profitable, and consumer-friendly merged air carrier.

     

    Please join us in supporting the merger between American Airlines and US Airways; it is what’s best for our country
    20 Aug 2013, 02:00 PM Reply Like
  • scottlee1234
    , contributor
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    You are 180 degrees out of sync!
    20 Aug 2013, 02:00 PM Reply Like
  • craigdfw
    , contributor
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    You have the story *backwards*!! Your headline is *wrong*!! You need to reread the Dallas Morning News article you have linked to this and modify your headline!
    20 Aug 2013, 02:00 PM Reply Like
  • AsicsRunner
    , contributor
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    The union has asked its members to contact AG and ask them to "reconsider your opposition to the proposed merger"...

     

    The state AG think they can stop higher fares but how do you run a company when a good year is a 2% profit? Airlines are a crazy industry and airplanes and fuel are expensive.
    20 Aug 2013, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
    , contributor
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    Aye, so it is the union heads. Are these the same type of guys that drove (GM) to bankruptcy with their endless strikes and refusal for a pay cut?
    20 Aug 2013, 11:36 PM Reply Like
  • gstanleyjr
    , contributor
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    I lost $10,000 on Friday the 13th when the NEW American Airlines AAL replaced the old American Airlines AAMRQ and I have yet to hear or read about this. How come? It's a travesty, I was there for American when they were in bankruptcy and this is what I get? Nine hundred shares became 59 with a -$4717 loss and 450 shares became 32 with -$5,300 loss. I'm furious and way not a happy camper.
    15 Dec 2013, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    It might take a month or so to get the cash. That's what happened when (GILD) bought Triangle Pharma.
    31 Dec 2013, 02:18 PM Reply Like
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