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United Airlines' Demands are Disastrous

Date: November 5, 2004

Flight attendants Promise to Fight over Every Dime

CHICAGO - United Airlines declared war on its employees today, proposing cuts in wages, benefits and work rules.  The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Airlines Master Executive Council received the latest litany of United Airlines' demand for concessions that totals $137,614,000 annually.  This demand is over and above the annual $314 million already sacrifice by flight attendants and the hundreds of millions of dollars United's management intends to extract from employees by terminating their pension plans. The union promised to fight the company 'over every dime.' 

Greg Davidowitch, president of the United Airlines Flight Attendant Master Executive Council, today made the following statement regarding United's demands:

"The Company's demands are disastrous.  If management stands by these stipulations they will destroy United Airlines.  We're not going to let that happen.  We will fight them at the bargaining table and we will fight them in court.  AFA will not stand by and let management destroy the flight attendant career and United Airline.

"The devastating effects these proposed changes will visit upon the flight attendants is not the product of real need but managements' desire.  What is most tragic about what the company is attempting to do is that it will be viewed by many if not most of our members as a plan of employee liquidation.  The Company's demands from flight attendants are not fair, equitable, nor necessary for a successful reorganization.  Management and their lawyers are doing this because they think they can get away with it under the protection of bankruptcy."

The leadership of the United Flight attendants will convene a special meeting beginning Friday, November 12, 2004.

More than 46,000 flight attendants, including the 21,000 flight attendants at United, join together to form AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.unitedafa.org

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