For Immediate Release: August 27, 2012
Contact: Christopher Clarke 773-391-8000
Ricky Ramirez 847-232-4246
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS AT NEW UNITED AIRLINES COMMENCE HISTORIC SINGLE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) at the new United Airlines today began to set the stage for negotiations on a single contract covering over 25,000 Flight Attendants. These historic negotiations will unify Flight Attendants from pre-merger United, Continental and Continental Micronesia under one agreement. Earlier this year, Flight Attendants from each subsidiary ratified separate contracts, paving the way for joint negotiations.
“Unifying under the world’s largest Flight Attendant agreement is crucial as we continue to build our future together at the world’s largest airline. We are committed to combining the best of our contracts and experiences into an industry leading agreement that best represents all Flight Attendants at the new United Airlines,” said Greg Davidowitch, Marcus Valentino and Suzanne Hendricks, AFA Presidents at United, Continental and Continental Micronesia respectively.
United, Continental and Continental Micronesia Flight Attendants are represented by their own AFA councils, with separate leadership at each. The Joint Negotiating Committee is comprised of the Presidents of each AFA Master Executive Council and two additional Flight Attendants from each pre-merger carrier.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants and retired members come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org and www.rafa-cwa.org.