Flight Attendants Statement on Union Coalition Plan
September 25, 2002
CHICAGO –Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, United Airlines Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch issued this statement today following his meeting with the leaders of the other unions representing workers at United and the airline’s CEO Glenn Tilton:
“Being a part of the solution that assists United in surviving its near-term financial crisis is central to our goal of ensuring that the Flight Attendants’ long-term interests are represented.
“By bringing in a new CEO, Glenn Tilton, United now has the leadership with the vision, plan and commitment needed to turn our airline around. With this leadership in place, AFA and the other Unions at United have developed an alternative framework for a recovery program that will provide United with $5 billion in total labor cost savings over the next five years – including significant savings from management. Now United can successfully amend its application for a loan guarantee from the Air Transportation Stabilization Board, get access to near-term financing, avoid bankruptcy, and rebuild.”
The United Union Coalition includes 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.