United Airlines Flight Attendants Continue to Work with Union Coalition to Refine Plan
September 19, 2002
CHICAGO –Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, United Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch issued this statement today following his meeting with the leaders of the other unions representing workers at United:
“The United Union Coalition met again today. We are continuing our work to refine the framework for a plan that will enable the company to access near-term lending, avoid bankruptcy and address the airline’s long-term needs.
“All parties understand the seriousness of the situation and the timeline United faces with respect to significant financial obligations coming due. We had expected to present the framework to CEO Glenn Tilton on approximately September 19, but we are more focused on refining the plan to make it right, than we are on getting it done fast.
“No one should conclude that the extra time taken in developing the plan is a set back. I continue to work with AFA’s analysts and the leaders and analysts of the other unions to refine the plan to ensure that it meets the needs of United, the Air Transportation Stabilization Board, and United’s Board of Directors. Once finalized, the framework developed by the Coalition will enable United to successfully supplement its application for a loan guarantee.”
The United Union Coalition meeting included representatives from AFA, Airline Pilot’s Association; the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Districts 141 and 141-M; the Professional Airline Flight Control Association; and the Transport Workers Union of America.
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.unitedafa.org.