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American flight attendants may get additional raises


American Airlines flight attendants may get higher pay raises than what was awarded by an arbitration panel over the weekend.

According to a hotline message sent on Monday, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said American chief executive Doug Parker is willing to put higher pay raises back in to the contract.

“Yesterday, Doug Parker responded to APFA President Laura Glading’s December 8th letter requesting a meeting to discuss the possibility of restoring wages beyond the arbitrated award. APFA is pleased to report that Parker has expressed a willingness to put wages back into our JCBA and has agreed to meet with the APFA Board of Directors and the Joint Negotiating Committee to discuss the details in a Board Briefing being scheduled for Thursday,” the message said.

Flight attendants had previously rejected a contract with the higher wage rates by 16 votes out of 16,000 cast. An arbitration panel then awarded a contract that was worth $81 million less than the rejected agreement.