United Airlines Flight Attendants Overwhelmingly Vote to Strike

Walkout Could Hit by Mid-May, Putting Memorial Day Weekend

And Busy Summer Travel Season at Risk



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Association of Flight Attendants

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines flight attendants,
 represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, have
 overwhelmingly voted to authorize CHAOS(TM) strikes should the company move
 forward with its purchase of US Airways without first securing a waiver from
 the flight attendants.
     Ninety-seven percent of United flight attendants who cast valid strike
 ballots voted "FOR" a strike.  Seventy-two percent of flight attendants
 eligible to vote returned their ballots in the expedited voting process. Less
 than three weeks was allotted from the time the ballots were mailed to the
 flight attendants (stationed around the globe), until yesterday's count date.
 The flight attendants were forced to move quickly in their strike vote to
 ensure the ballots were counted before the airline could possibly close on its
 merger transaction.
     "The flight attendants have voted to uphold our contract and protect our
 careers," said AFA Master Executive Council President Linda Farrow. "If United
 illegally moves forward with its merger transaction, we will strike with
 CHAOS."
      Create Havoc Around Our System(TM) is AFA's trademarked strategy of
 public information and targeted work actions using random, unannounced
 strikes.  Strikes or any other kind of job action cannot begin unless the U.S.
 Department of Justice approves the merger and United goes through with the
 purchase of US Airways without an agreement on a waiver that would allow the
 airline to own and operate US Airways legally under the flight attendant
 contract.
     United originally planned to complete its merger with US Airways this
 week, however the company postponed the purchase.  In an April 2, 2001 report
 in Aviation Daily, United CEO Jim Goodwin said he is hopeful to have a DOJ
 decision in mid-May, meaning CHAOS strike actions could disrupt Memorial Day
 weekend travel and the busy summer travel season.
     The United flight attendant strike threat is the only current dispute in
 the airline industry that is not subject to regulation by the National
 Mediation Board, a 30-day "cooling-off" period, or intervention of a
 Presidential Emergency Board.
     The 26,000 United Airlines flight attendants are joined together in AFA,
 the world's largest flight attendant union.  Visit @ http://www.afanet.org .
 
 

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines flight attendants,
 represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, have
 overwhelmingly voted to authorize CHAOS(TM) strikes should the company move
 forward with its purchase of US Airways without first securing a waiver from
 the flight attendants.
     Ninety-seven percent of United flight attendants who cast valid strike
 ballots voted "FOR" a strike.  Seventy-two percent of flight attendants
 eligible to vote returned their ballots in the expedited voting process. Less
 than three weeks was allotted from the time the ballots were mailed to the
 flight attendants (stationed around the globe), until yesterday's count date.
 The flight attendants were forced to move quickly in their strike vote to
 ensure the ballots were counted before the airline could possibly close on its
 merger transaction.
     "The flight attendants have voted to uphold our contract and protect our
 careers," said AFA Master Executive Council President Linda Farrow. "If United
 illegally moves forward with its merger transaction, we will strike with
 CHAOS."
      Create Havoc Around Our System(TM) is AFA's trademarked strategy of
 public information and targeted work actions using random, unannounced
 strikes.  Strikes or any other kind of job action cannot begin unless the U.S.
 Department of Justice approves the merger and United goes through with the
 purchase of US Airways without an agreement on a waiver that would allow the
 airline to own and operate US Airways legally under the flight attendant
 contract.
     United originally planned to complete its merger with US Airways this
 week, however the company postponed the purchase.  In an April 2, 2001 report
 in Aviation Daily, United CEO Jim Goodwin said he is hopeful to have a DOJ
 decision in mid-May, meaning CHAOS strike actions could disrupt Memorial Day
 weekend travel and the busy summer travel season.
     The United flight attendant strike threat is the only current dispute in
 the airline industry that is not subject to regulation by the National
 Mediation Board, a 30-day "cooling-off" period, or intervention of a
 Presidential Emergency Board.
     The 26,000 United Airlines flight attendants are joined together in AFA,
 the world's largest flight attendant union.  Visit @ http://www.afanet.org .
 
 SOURCE  Association of Flight Attendants