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USA: American flight attendants on strike

They plan to mobilize close to the Christmas and New Year holidays

Flight attendants of American Airlines are planning a strike ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays. This is a move with which the sector union wants to stimulate progress in negotiations with the company, which does not intend to grant contractual increases, with salaries stuck until 2019. However, federal law makes it difficult to organize a mobilization.

And so the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) presented a petition to the National Mediation Board in recent hours, asking for permission to strike in 30 days. In the meantime, the American Airlines Pilots (AAP) union has also taken up the demands of the cabin crew of Southwest Airlines, who intend to abstain from work if the company does not grant them a new contract. 

The union is asking for an immediate increase in salaries of +35% for American Airlines pilots and then an annual increase of +6% in salaries, with a contract valid for three years. Instead, the airline offers an increase of +11% upfront, which can go up to +18% during the period when travel demand is highest, followed by annual increases of +2%. The union also wants higher social security contributions and more rest time.

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