When two unions are representing one pool of workers agree to come together to do joint negotiations for a single contract it will generally strengthen the collective voice of the respective unions’ members.
This is what took place with US Airways flight attendants last week, whose company merged with American Airlines.
The flight attendants at American have been members of the APFA – or Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
US Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), voted to ratify an Agreement on Bargaining and Representation between AFA and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) along with a Negotiations Protocol Agreement with American Airlines management, according to a release the AFA-CWA released.
The agreement establishes a joint negotiations protocol for a single contract at the New American Airlines with the assurance of improvements in one year for all 24,000 Flight Attendants.