To recap (and for those not as familiar with the story), American bought TWA out of bankruptcy in 2000. At the time, there were minimal protections for seniority during airline mergers. The good folks of TWA had their names stapled to the bottom of the AA seniority list. That meant that the highest seniority people from TWA were still lower than the lowest seniority person at AA. In a job where seniority determines things like when you work, where you work, and when you can take vacation, this was a huge blow.
Now, with the prospect of another merger (with US Air) on the horizon, the former TWA'ers are asking Congress to intervene. Our dear Laura had this to say:
"The union in question, the APFA, has acknowledged that it 'really screwed up' on the integration of the TWA employees when American acquired its company.
'When we merged with TWA, the company did give them top pay but we stapled them to the bottom of our seniority list,' APFA President Laura Glading said in an interview last year with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 'That was a mistake. But we did.'
The APFA says now that it is doing 'everything possible to protect the interests of each of our members,' including the former TWA flight attendants."
What a load of crap!
It's nice that Laura admits that it was a mistake to marginalize the TWA flight attendants. But she is now the APFA President. She could right this wrong with a stroke of her pen.
While I'm not a TWA'er, I totally support their cause, and wish them luck in pursuing this with members of Congress. Lord knows Laura Glading isn't going to lift a finger to fix this problem.