United Airlines Flight Attendants Announce CHAOS™ Strike Ballot Results at April 3 Chicago Press Conference
March 29, 2001
WASHINGTON, DC – CHAOS™ strike actions could be coming soon to United Airlines. The airline’s flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, will announce the results of their strike ballot count at a press conference on April 3. The announcement will be made near the United Airlines ticket counter between doors 6 and 7 on the upper level at Chicago O’Hare airport at 12:30 CST.
Since the strike ballots were mailed on March 15, flight attendants have been conducting meetings and demonstrating at airports worldwide to show support for a strike should United move forward with its purchase of US Airways without first getting an agreement on a waiver to the scope provision of the flight attendant contract. Pickets, leaflets and rallies are scheduled at some of United’s largest hub airports including, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Boston and LaGuardia on the days surrounding the strike vote announcement.
If United goes forward with its purchase of US Airways without an agreement on a waiver from the flight attendants, it will be a unilateral change in the contract and a “major dispute” under the Railway Labor Act. The United flight attendants will then respond with CHAOS™ strike actions to the major dispute first initiated by the airline. The United flight attendant strike threat is the only current dispute in the airline industry that is not subject to regulation by the National Mediation Board, a 30-day “cooling off” period or intervention of a Presidential Emergency Board.
Create Havoc Around Our System™, is AFA’s trademarked strategy of public information and targeted work actions using random, unannounced strikes. Strikes or any other kind of job action cannot begin unless the U.S. Department of Justice approves the merger and United goes through with the purchase of US Airways without an agreement on a waiver.
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