Joint Contract Negotiations Update – Jan 18, 2013

The JNC has completed a second negotiations session with United Airlines management this week in Los Angeles.  The tenor and tone of bargaining was very different than what we encountered in our first session last month in Chicago.  We are pleased to report that we reached a tentative agreement on the language for Missing, Interned, Hostage or Prisoner of War.  We then presented our proposal on Crew Meals, and are in the midst of a good discussion regarding Flight Attendants’ interests on this topic, which will continue when Negotiations resume.

Earlier in the week we listened to a presentation from the Company on Drug & Alcohol Testing and how it is currently handled at the three subsidiary airlines.

We are encouraged by our work here in Los Angeles compared to our last session, but needless to say we’ve still got a ways to go. The research and proposal development we have been working on over the last five months has provided a solid foundation for Contract talks, and our continuing work together as a team makes us confident of our future progress.

While we’ve been at the negotiating table, members of Continental, Continental Micronesia and United Communications, Membership Engagement and Negotiations Support Committee conferenced in Chicago.  We are working together to identify ways we can develop a campaign to communicate our progress and strategy and how you can support our negotiations.

Next week the JNC will reconvene in Chicago to continue our research on outstanding topics and developing proposals.

Negotiations are scheduled to resume on February 18, 2013 in Seattle.

In Solidarity,

Cindy Commander, CAL
Greg Davidowitch, UAL
Kathleen Domondon, CMI
Joey Guider, CAL
Suzanne Hendricks, CMI
Cynthia Iverson, CMI
Jack Kande, UAL
Kevin Lum, UAL
Marcus Valentino, CAL


Our path to successful negotiation is built upon our solidarity.

  • Solidarity, in turn is based upon interdependence with each other.
  • Although it may at times appear we sometimes have different interests (ways of doing things), ultimately our top priorities are on common ground.

As we work toward our mutual interests in negotiations ask:  How does management perceive us?  Are we unified or fragmented?

When we stand together and support our negotiations, our power is increased.  Management will take notice of this, and we gain leverage in achieving our goals.

As we gain momentum in our negotiations process, our success will depend on how well we demonstrate this solidarity.  Each of us should begin to consider how we will participate in this process, and achieve success.