Flight Attendants Support United’s ATSB Loan Application
July 29, 2002
CHICAGO – United Airlines Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch sent the following letter to Governor Edward M. Gramlich, Chairman of the Air Transportation Stabilization Board, supporting United Airlines’ pending application under the Air Carrier Loan Guarantee Program. The following is the text of the letter:
“The Flight Attendants at United Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, fully support United Airlines' pending application under the Air Carrier Loan Guarantee Program available under the Air Transportation Safety and System Stabilization Act currently before the Air Transportation Stabilization Board.
“Recognizing there are serious issues management needs to address at United Airlines, we believe the efforts undertaken by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jack Creighton have positioned our airline on the road to recovery. The problems at United Airlines are not insurmountable and in fact many of the initiatives undertaken by Mr. Creighton demonstrate the company's commitment to our airline's future.
“As Flight Attendants, we continue to be an incredible asset to this airline, not just because of our responsibilities as inflight safety professionals, but because our Collective Bargaining Agreement forces the parties to meet each year to analyze United's Flight Attendant costs and adjust them accordingly to ensure that they do not rise above the average of the industry.
“On behalf of United's 26,000 Flight Attendants, we are convinced that an Air Carrier Loan Guarantee is the most effective solution to United's post-September 11 liquidity challenges. Accordingly, the Association of Flight Attendants at United Airlines believes approval of its loan guarantee application is consistent with the purposes of the Air Transport Safety and Stabilization Act and is in the best interests of the United States airline industry, the flying public, the United States economy, and all the employees at United.”
More than 50,000 flight attendants, including the 26,000 flight attendants at United, join together to form AFA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. Visit us at www.afanet.org or www.unitedafa.org.