The JNC has concluded a week of bargaining with United management in Denver.
We spent a couple of hours with the company Monday afternoon reviewing their proposal on Military Charters and CRAF flying.
Tuesday, building off of discussions we had in Chicago last month, we traded proposals with the company on the Commuter Policy; and despite making genuine efforts to address their stated interests and concerns, we did not reach an agreement. Additionally we presented yet another round of counter proposals on Flight Crew Lounges and Passports, Visas and Immunizations. At the end of the day the company gave us another proposal on Alcohol & Drug Testing.
Wednesday, the JNC made a timely counter proposal on Uniforms, and after a lot of work on our part, developed and presented another good faith attempt to meet Flight Attendants’ and United’s needs with respect to Alcohol & Drug Testing. At the end of the day management presented us with counter proposals on Duty Free, Flight Crew Lounges and Onboard Crew Rest.
Thursday was spent trading proposals and discussing the parameters of Alcohol & Drug Testing.
On Friday we reached a Tentative Agreement on Alcohol & Drug Testing.
The JNC is well aware that many Members are frustrated with the pace of Joint Contract Negotiations. We are too. That said, we are also aware that Flight Attendants expect to maintain our working conditions, correct what is deficient and make overall improvements to our Contract. We understand the Membership’s desire for this to happen … yesterday. We want to make it happen as quickly as possible – however it takes two to tango. We are prepared to meet with management more frequently, but they do not want to.
We will continue to advance the interests of the Membership, and take every opportunity to wrap up an Agreement that addresses what Flight Attendants have told us are issues of importance. However, all Flight Attendants should understand we are not willing to wrap up an Agreement solely on United’s terms. The JNC remains committed to the best Flight Attendant Contract in the industry and we will stay the course to achieve it.
Negotiations will resume the week of August 5th in San Francisco.
Cindy Commander, CAL
Cynthia Iverson, CMI