United Airlines Flight Attendants Welcome Airline’s New CEO
September 5, 2002
CHICAGO – Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, United Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch issued this statement today following his Wednesday meeting with the leaders of the other unions representing workers at United, at which the airline’s new CEO, Glenn Tilton was introduced by outgoing CEO Jack Creighton:
“United’s employees met today to do the work that the airline’s recently replaced management team failed to do -- lay the framework that will provide United with a strategic plan for the airline’s return to its former status as the premier air carrier in the world. We will continue to meet with the other labor groups at United and the new management team until we have solved our airline’s short-term and long-term problems.
“The Flight Attendants are encouraged that in Glenn Tilton, United seems to have finally found a leader with a vision. We look forward to working with our new CEO in developing a solution that provides for the stabilization of our airline outside of the bankruptcy process, protects the long-term best interests of United’s front-line employees, and doesn’t blame employees for United’s troubles.
“The Flight Attendants approve of the shake-up in the senior executive suite that came with the naming of the new CEO, and we look forward to a new relationship being cultivated at United, where the focus needs to be put on employees being led, rather than just supervised. The old management team created an adversarial relationship. In the coming days, we hope to see Mr. Tilton show through his actions that the future of United will be established through a collaborative process.
“A loan guarantee from the Air Transportation Stabilization Board may be part of United’s recovery plan. However, in the Union Coalition meeting we reiterated to Mr. Tilton that the Flight Attendants are extremely troubled that the White House is not using the ATSB process to stabilize the industry, but to unilaterally cut the pay of airline workers through a forced restructuring of the industry.”
The United Union Coalition meeting included representatives from AFA, Air Line Pilots Association, International Association of Machinists, Transport Workers Union, and Professional Airline Flight Control Association.
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.