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Flight attendants’ union backs Spirit-Frontier merger | NEWSRUX

A Frontier Airways airplane taxis previous a Spirit Airways plane at Indianapolis Worldwide Airport in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.

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The union that represents flight attendants at Spirit Airways and Frontier Airways on Tuesday backed the carriers’ deliberate merger, clearing a labor hurdle among the many greatest employee teams on the airways.

The Affiliation of Flight Attendants-CWA stated it reached a so-called “merger transition settlement” with Frontier’s father or mother that prohibits flight attendant furloughs in the course of the merger, along with guaranteeing different protections.

“We assist the required regulatory approvals that may enhance competitors, enhance shopper choices and expertise, and preserve and develop good union jobs,” Sara Nelson, AFA’s president stated in a union announcement.

The settlement comes a day after JetBlue Airways launched a hostile takeover bid for Spirit. Spirit Airways rejected JetBlue’s $33 per share, all-cash bid earlier this month. JetBlue on Monday made a young supply of $30 a share and urged Spirit shareholders to vote towards the Frontier-Spirit tie-up at a June 10 assembly.

JetBlue’s flight attendants are represented by the Transport Employees Union. Its president, John Samuelsen, advised CNBC final month that TWU would search to characterize a mixed JetBlue-Spirit flight attendant group if that deal occurred.

Both airline mixture can be topic to Justice Division approval.

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