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United Airlines Flight Attendants Overwhelmingly Vote to Strike

Date: April 3, 2001

WASHINGTON, DC – United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, have overwhelmingly voted to authorize CHAOS™ strikes should the company move forward with its purchase of US Airways without first securing a waiver from the flight attendants.

Ninety-seven percent of United flight attendants who cast valid strike ballots voted “FOR” a strike. Seventy-two percent of flight attendants eligible to vote returned their ballots in the expedited voting process. Less than three weeks was allotted from the time the ballots were mailed to the flight attendants (stationed around the globe), until yesterday’s count date. The flight attendants were forced to move quickly in their strike vote to ensure the ballots were counted before the airline could possibly close on its merger transaction.

“The flight attendants have voted to uphold our contract and protect our careers,” said AFA Master Executive Council President Linda Farrow. “If United illegally moves forward with its merger transaction, we will strike with CHAOS™.”

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 that would allow the airline to own and operate US Airways legally under the flight attendant contract.

United originally planned to complete its merger with US Airways this week, however the company postponed the purchase. In an April 2, 2001 report in Aviation Daily, United CEO Jim Goodwin said he is hopeful to have a DOJ decision in mid-May, meaning CHAOS™ strike actions could disrupt Memorial Day weekend travel and the busy summer travel season.

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.

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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