Grave Concern for United Airlines Prompts Flight Attendants to Call for New Management
August 31, 2004
Ladies and Gentlemen:
United Airlines senior management has attacked our wages, benefits and work rules; they’ve attacked our retirees; and now they’ve attacked our pensions. Yet, they have failed to accomplish what employees have been working to achieve – a successful exit from bankruptcy. Senior management has squandered the extraordinary contributions of employees to the financial and operational turnaround that should have returned United Airlines to its former position as one of the world ' s pre-eminent airlines. United Airlines senior management has devised a business plan which, in addition to termination of pension plans, continues the failed strategy of seeking further concessions from employees who have already sacrificed so much.
We have concluded that there is no choice but to seek new senior management possessing the competence necessary to prepare a workable and fair business plan for the successful reorganization of our airline.
The United Master Executive Council (MEC) met in special session today to review the state of our airline following a long string of failures and a destructive course of action planned by United Airlines current senior management. Discussions held at Local Council meetings, a 97% vote of no confidence in senior management and on-going Membership feedback regarding bad business decisions by senior management have dictated a clear and decisive course of action by our Union. We have concluded that there is no choice but to seek new senior management possessing the competence necessary to prepare a workable and fair business plan for the successful reorganization of our airline.
This afternoon, we sent a letter to Chief Executive Officer Glenn Tilton stating United Flight Attendants and the United MEC have no confidence in senior management to lead this workforce and effectively operate our airline, to prepare a workable and fair business plan or to successfully reorganize. Attached to the letter is a Resolution of No Confidence in the Senior Management of United Airlines unanimously adopted by the United MEC. The resolution concludes that we will take all necessary and appropriate legal steps to seek the replacement of senior management of United Airlines.
This management has failed to recognize that a successful reorganization is impossible without the support of Flight Attendants and other workers. They need to attack the competition, not their own employees. They need to attack industry high non-labor costs, not the people who make the airline run.
United Flight Attendants have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to a successful reorganization of our airline. We have consistently advocated for a course of action that returns United Airlines to its former status as one of the world’s pre-eminent airlines. Our steadfast dedication to ensuring the success of our airline and the protection of our wages, work rules, healthcare and pensions will continue to determine our collective action. Continue to stay informed and engaged through our website, Dear AFA, AFA E-lines and your Local Council. Remember, our solidarity will lead us to our future success.
Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council