Negotiations Update (Jan. 30, 2014)

Fellow Flight Attendants,

We had our first bargaining session with United Airlines management just over a year ago in December 2012.  The negotiations that have taken place in the intervening 12 months have been slow.  Slow for the Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC), slow for Flight Attendants, and after 13 sessions with management we only have 4 Tentative Agreements to show for our efforts.  The JNC is frustrated with the pace, and we’ve heard from Flight Attendants that you are frustrated as well.

In an effort to address the frustrations and questions out on the line the JNC has put together the following update to show you what has taken place over the last year, and where we find ourselves today.  This newsletter will recap all of the bargaining sessions we have had with United management over the course of 2013 giving you a month by month look at our work.  We are also providing you with a review of each subject that has either been agreed to, or is still being negotiated over.  Instead of rhetoric we are providing you with simple bullet points to illustrate what the JNC is trying to achieve and what United management is trying to achieve.  When you review the subjects that are still being discussed, you will see there are areas where we are in agreement.  However, there are areas where we are in stark disagreement.  We believe you will see why we have not reached more tentative agreements after negotiating for a year.

All that said, as the new year begins, the JNC is preparing to redouble our negotiations efforts both at the table and with all of you the Flight Attendants we represent.  In the coming weeks we will be polling the membership regarding subjects which are on the table, and described in this newsletter, as well as on the subjects which are yet to be negotiated over.  The poll will be conducted by an independent third party research firm based on input from the JNC and LEC Presidents.  The polling firm will be randomly contacting Flight Attendants from Continental, Continental Micronesia and United Airlines so that we receive feedback from a statistically valid cross section of the membership.  We are also developing flash polling to gather more instant feedback from Flight Attendants on a wide range of subjects.  This innovative new way of hearing from you will be available through the OurUnited website as well as via ONE representatives across the system.

As we communicated to you when negotiations began in 2012, this is a process which no one asked for.  This merger, which United management is still struggling to successfully complete, was not of our choosing and was in fact forced on us.  All of us on the JNC are committed to bringing these negotiations to a successful conclusion and in order to do that we need you.  Whether you are called upon to participate in the random polling, or you answer one of our flash polls, or you have a conversation with a ONE representative, or you give your feedback to your LEC President, your involvement is critical to our success.

Thank you for being an engaged member of our Flight Attendant community.

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