Under cost-cutting pressure from American Eagle management, Association of Flight Attendants leaders voted Thursday to send a tentative agreement to a vote by the 1,800 American Eagle flight attendants.

“We forced onerous concessions off the table, mitigated the ones we accepted and negotiated early snap-backs for some of them,” said Robert Barrow, president of Eagle’s AFA master executive council. “There are no pay cuts or wage freezes.”

The carrier’s flight attendant, who will vote from Wednesday through Sept. 5, will decide “if this is an agreement that they can live with in the context of bankruptcy wherein all the negotiating advantages lie with management,” Barrow said.

That’s two of the three American Eagle unions with tentative agreements.

Negotiators with the Transport Workers Union reached a deal July 20 with American Eagle management covering fleet service employees and mechanics and related employees. TWU members will vote on those deals starting at 12:01 a.m. CDT Aug. 13 and ending at noon CDT Aug. 24.

The third union, the Air Line Pilots Association, is still talking to management. We hear that the talks are moving to ALPA headquarters in the Washington area next week.

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