Late United Airlines Contract Draws World-Wide Protest

Jan 05, 2010, 16:43 ET from Association of Flight Attendants

Angry Flight Attendants Picket Airports Around the World

CHICAGO, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), will conduct a world-wide protest over the failure of United Airlines management to negotiate a new contract on time. Over seven years ago flight attendants took deep cuts in pay and then management destroyed their working conditions and cancelled their pensions. Those cuts were scheduled to conclude January 7, 2010 as the Contract becomes amendable.

Negotiations began early on April 6, 2009 as part of an agreement between the union and the company with the intention of having a new flight attendant contract in place by January 7, 2010. Flight attendants are working at 1994 wage levels in the year 2010 and working 48% more compared with 2002 schedules and staffing. When United exited bankruptcy CEO Glenn Tilton alone took a bonus that could have provided a 10% pay raise for all 15,000 flight attendants. AFA-CWA members are angry that management has not discussed the improvements envisioned, seeming only interested in delaying a new Contract for flight attendants.

International Protests - Local Times and Contact Person:

Frankfurt (FRA) Arrival between Hall B & C, 10 am - 12:30 pm

Local Contact: Dirk Schultz, (069) 97390483

Hong Kong (HKG) United departures, 10:30 am - 1 pm

Local Contact: Jack Kande, 852-9831-7448

London Heathrow (LHR) 10 am - 11 am

Local Contact: Saad Bhatkar, 07815442394

Tokyo-Narita (NRT) United curbside 3 pm - 5 pm

Local Contact: Rick Gonzalez, 090 2206-1924

U.S. Domestic Airport Picket Lines - Local Times and Contact Person

Atlanta (ATL) United departure level, 8 am - 11 am

Local Contact: Christina Archille, 404-824-8116

Boston (BOS) United departure & arrival, 11 am - 2 pm

Local Contact: Lina Bowers, 603-502-3457

Charlotte (CLT) United departure level, 8 am - 4 pm

Local Contact: Keith Biolek Austin, 305-776-0014

Chicago (ORD) United departure door 1G, 11 am - 1 pm

Local Contact: Sara Nelson, 202-286-1973

Denver (DEN) Levels 4, 5 & 6 at United, 9 am - 12 pm

Local Contact: Ken Kyle, 303-913-6978

Honolulu (HNL) United check-in level, 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Local Contact: Ed Kalahiki, 808-348-5975

Las Vegas (LAS) Zero level at curbside, 10 am - 1 pm

Local Contact: Laura Harsh, 702-544-9849

Los Angeles (LAX) Terminal 7 at United, 11 am - 2 pm

Local Contact: Darren Shiroma, 310-480-9913

Miami (MIA) United departure level, 12 pm - 4 pm

Local Contact: Angela Curlee, 305-812-3871

New York (LGA) United departure & arrival, 10 am - 2 pm

Local Contact: Ken Diaz, 845-893-6327

San Francisco (SFO) United departures, 10 am - 12 pm

Local Contact: Chris Black, 650-773-6813

Seattle (SEA) United departure level, 8 am - 12 pm

Local Contact: Diane Tucker, 206-910-8110

Washington DC (IAD) United departures, 2 pm - 5 pm

Local Contact: Andreas Curlee, 571-209-7943

More than 55,000 flight attendants, including the 15,000 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

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants