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United Airlines Flight Attendants Set Vote on Tentative Agreement

Date: April 9, 2003

AFA leaders unanimously vote to recommend flight attendants vote “FOR” the agreement

CHICAGO – The United Airlines flight attendant Master Executive Council of the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, yesterday unanimously voted to send the tentative agreement on cost cuts that was reached last week out for ratification vote of the members, with a recommendation that flight attendants vote “FOR” the agreement.

“After painstaking consideration and extensive discussion over the tentative agreement and state of our company in bankruptcy, the United Master Executive Council unanimously approved the agreement and endorsed it for ratification,” said AFA United MEC President Greg Davidowitch. “The burden of sacrifices being placed on United Flight Attendants through this tentative agreement is extensive, but Flight Attendants have repeatedly affirmed our commitment to United’s successful restructuring, security for Flight Attendant jobs, and preservation of the contractual provisions that define our jobs.

“This tentative consensual agreement will provide protection for our Membership that court imposed changes would not,” Davidowitch said.

Details will be provided to the flight attendants before being released to the public. AFA representatives will mail the tentative agreement to each flight attendant. Flight attendants around the world will also be able to view an Apr. 15 live web cast of a Chicago-area meeting discussing the terms of the tentative agreement. Meetings will also be held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, DC, and New York City.

Voting will be conducted electronically, via telephone and internet, beginning Apr. 16, with ballots being counted on Apr. 29. Complete meeting and voting information can be viewed at www.unitedafa.org.

More than 50,000 flight attendants, including the 24,000 flight attendants at United, join together to form AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. Visit us at www.unitedafa.org.

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