UAL Retirees OK New Benefits
June 10, 2004
CHICAGO — The United Airlines Retiree Coalition today announced an agreement with United Airlines that provides insurance benefit modifications for 50,000 of the bankrupt airline’s retirees, their spouses and dependants.
“Our top priority was to come to an agreement that protects the well-being of thousands of committed employees who have devoted their careers to making United Airlines a success,” said Association of Flight Attendants United Master Executive Council President Greg Davidowitch. “The retiree coalition banded together during our airline’s most difficult time in history to formulate an innovative plan that addresses the company’s financial need and minimizes the impact on our dedicated retirees.”
With this agreement, all United employee groups, both active and retired, will take part in the company's restructuring. Full details of the agreement will be released upon formal submission of the accord to the bankruptcy court for approval.
“This agreement balances the company's need to remain competitive while acknowledging the fixed income of retirees,” said IAM District 141 President Randy Canale. “The substantial resources of several AFL-CIO unions and dedicated retiree representatives working together made this fair and equitable agreement possible.”
The Coalition is comprised of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM), Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), Professional Airline Flight Control Association (PAFCA), Transport Workers Union (TWU), International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE), Pilots Section 1114 Committee and Salaried & Management Section 1114 Committee.
More information will be available on the web sites of IAM District 141, http://www.iam141.org/, the Retired United Airlines Employee Association, and the PAFCA, http://www.pafca-ual.com/. 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 http://www.unitedafa.org/.