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United Airlines, Flight Attendants to Resume Wage Discussions

Date: February 1, 2001

WASHINGTON, DC –United Airlines and its flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, will resume discussions on raising flight attendant pay after a three-month hiatus. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Last week, members of United’s management team, including CEO Jim Goodwin, made a presentation detailing the airline’s acquisition agreement with US Airways to AFA United’s Master Executive Council. Flight attendants at the meeting reminded management that they must take things one step at a time. First, flight attendants must receive industry leading plus pay increases based on the standards used for other employee groups pay at United, before discussing the merger.

“United’s flight attendants deserve an industry-leading raise,” said AFA’s United MEC President Linda Farrow. “The company must be committed to making our fair wage proposal a reality, proving that flight attendants are a valued workforce at United.”

Wage talks initially began in October. In a letter to Farrow dated November 2, the company acknowledged that flight attendants deserve an industry leading plus raise. Frank Colosi, United’s director of people services and onboard service wrote, “AFA has, in our view, made a persuasive demonstration that United should re-evaluate flight attendant pay levels in light of the standards applied in the settlement of other United contracts.” However, the flight attendants have seen no progress since November.

The 26,000 United Airlines flight attendants are joined together in AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. Visit us @ www.afanet.org.

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