EULESS, Texas -- American Airlines flight attendants will vote Jan. 19 on whether to approve a proposed new contract that has received the recommendation of the union's board of directors, a union leader said Thursday.
Patrick Hancock, who was on the negotiating team that worked out the proposed contract in the 11th hour before a planned two-day pre-Christmas strike, said the pact received the approval of the board during a meeting Wednesday.
Hancock said details of the proposed contract would be released Friday via the telephone hotline of the 13,000-member Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
'The board voted to send the proposed contract to the membership with the recommendation that they ratify it,' Hancock said.
'We'll be doing a roadshow (going to the membership and explaining the contract) the first two weeks of January. The ballots will be counted on Jan. 19 at Ernst and Whinney in Fort Worth. Members will receive their ballots in the mail.'
The union reached the tentative contract settlement Dec. 22 three hours before the union was to stage its first strike. The two-day walkout, scheduled to begin at one minute past midnight on Dec. 23, threatened to disrupt the airline's 2,000 daily flights during the busiest travel time of the year.
The agreement apparently allows American to continue hiring new employees at lower wages than current employees, with pay scales merging after seven to nine years.
American spokesman Steve McGregor said the pact is similar to contracts with American's pilots and ground workers that call for wage parity among workers.