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United Airlines Files Pension Propaganda in Court

Date: September 23, 2004

Flight Attendants Vehemently Object to Management’s Unsubstantiated Claims in Court and Their Attempts to Play by Their Own Special Rules

CHICAGO —Greg Davidowitch, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA United Airlines Master Executive Council, today made the following statement regarding United management's unsubstantiated court filing which purportedly represents the impact of terminating its employee pension plans:

"We filed an emergency motion with the court today, seeking to strike United Airlines' informational brief from court proceedings. We will not remain silent as United Airlines attempts to bias the court with pages of unsubstantiated claims about the impact of terminating employee pension plans. None of United's 91-page informational brief is verified. Obviously, United believes it alone has the right to ignore the most basic court procedure that apply to all parties, even United. Those procedures only permit the filing of a document that is part of or in opposition to a motion. No party, not even United, stands as an advisor to the court able whenever it chooses to educate the court on self-selected subjects."

“The rhetoric contained in the United’s court brief is clearly aimed at influencing the court, media and employees by attempting to minimize the understood impact of terminating employee pensions and dumping the corporation’s responsibility on the government. United management continues to display their arrogance as they play by their own set of rules.

“United management’s brief is a blatant attempt to prejudice the court on future issues relating to employee pension plans and again points to the disingenuous management style of current executives. We should remember that the people filing this brief are the same ones who said slashing retiree healthcare wasn’t going to hurt. They are the same people who said that slashing jobs and forcing people to work longer hours for less pay and more expensive healthcare wouldn’t hurt. Clearly, Flight Attendants and other employees will be dramatically impacted by termination of their pension plans. To assert otherwise, one must live in a paradise foreign to millions of American workers.”

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/.

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