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United Airlines Flight Attendants Applaud Congressional Action for Pension Relief Legislation

Date: April 8, 2004

Flight Attendants demand United abandon plan to change retiree health care

CHICAGO — United Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, applaud the actions of the US Congress to provide pension funding relief that will secure employee pension plans and allow United Airlines to successfully restructure.

This afternoon, Congress passed the Pension Stability Act, which fully addresses any concern over United’s liability in funding pension plans. The bill provides a significant benefit for airlines, yielding an estimated $1.6 billion savings in deferred contributions over the next two years. The bill addresses United’s pension concerns and provides an abundance of savings for the airline.

Flight Attendants contend that now is the time for United Airlines to abandon efforts to modify retiree health benefits. “We know that additional concessions from the retirees are totally unnecessary, and United’s financial status following today’s outstanding action by law makers is definitive proof,” United AFA Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch said. “We look forward to Glenn Tilton announcing a positive conclusion to United’s plan to change retiree health benefits so that we may all return our focus to United Airlines’ successful reorganization.

“We are also gratefu l t he action undertaken by Congress underscores the fact and demonstrates that the US government recognizes United’s successful restructuring need not be placed solely on the backs of employees and retirees.”

More than 46,000 flight attendants, including the 26,000 active, furloughed and retired 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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