Gerard Arpey, boss man over at American Airlines, got $5.4 million last year -- and, oh, another bonus worth $6.6 million this week. So reports the Associated Press today -- as well as a press release we just got from something called the Association of Furloughed Flight Attendants, who express their extreme displeasure with Arpey's big bag o' dough-re-mi. Says our press release, Arpey's raking in the big bucks while, at the same time, shoving to the curb former Trans World Airlines employees who were supposed to keep their jobs when AA bought TWA for $500 mil in cash back in 2001. Their pissed-off press release is after the jump. --Robert Wilonsky
American's Arpey Gets $10.2 Million Former TWA Employees Cry Foul
St. Louis, MO -- AMR Corp parent of American Airlines paid Chief Executive Gerard Arpey a total compensation package of $10.2 million for 2006. American Airlines returned to profitability after a five year string of losses.
That has the former employees of TWA crying foul. American Airlines purchased TWA in 2001 and coined the phrase "Two Great Airlines -- One Great Future." After giving job assurances to the TWA employees and Congress for a fast track approval of the acquisition, only seven percent of the entire TWA workforce remains employed. One work group that was most affected are the approximate 4,000 former TWA flight attendants. To date, "Not a single one is employed," states Roger Graham who served TWA for 18 years as a flight attendant.
The flight attendants of the now defunct TWA, many of which had 20 to 40 years seniority, were placed onto the bottom of the seniority list at American by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants union and were the first to be laid off after the 9/11 attacks, with the right to return for five years as vacancies occurred. To date, American Airlines is the only airline that has terminated its flight attendants because of 9/11.
The former TWA attendants are fighting to have their recall rights extended due to the extenuating circumstances of 9/11 and have become quite vocal in recent months. On April 17th, separate and apart from their union, held an informational rally at Lambert St. Louis, International Airport deploring an estimated $160 million in executive bonuses. Those familiar with the situation say only five percent of the executive bonuses would save their jobs by extending their recall rights. The executive bonuses are in addition to the 2006 compensation received by Arpey.
"It's nothing short of greed when one man's annual income could extend the recall rights of 4,000 people, thus saving their jobs. It gives a whole new meaning to 'One Great Future.' The question is, who's?" states Graham.