United Airlines Flight Attendants Begin Contract Negotiations
Contract Goals Set to Rebuild Career and Reinvigorate the Middle Class
"Today is full of hope. Flight attendants are committed to rebuilding our career and improving our lives," said
Negotiations begin as union and company negotiators exchange opening proposals today. The contract becomes amendable on
"For far too long, corporate interests have trumped those of flight attendants," said Davidowitch. "Our experience is similar to working families throughout our country; recent years have been extremely difficult for flight attendants. Even so, we take pride in our work as safety professionals and our place in the enduring American workforce. We are committed to negotiating a contract that rebuilds our career and compliments the Administration's agenda to reinvigorate the middle class."
Flight attendants have been working under concessions since 2002. During United's bankruptcy flight attendants shouldered concessions that caused over 30% reduction in pay, the loss of 10,000 jobs, the burden of greater costs for healthcare, working longer hours away from their families and the termination of their pensions. During Chapter 11 and since United Airlines emerged from its 38-month bankruptcy in
"We had to negotiate concessions all through the bankruptcy, but this time is different. Only twice before in twenty-five years have we had the opportunity to negotiate for improvements. We will do whatever it takes to achieve an on-time agreement that meets the needs of United flight attendants," stated Davidowitch.
More than 55,000 flight attendants, including the 16,000 flight attendants at United, join together to form AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.unitedafa.org.
SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants