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Appeals Court Points Flight Attendants to Case against PBGC to Restore Pension Plan

Date: November 1, 2005

AFA Continues to Focus Its Legal Appeal on Challenge of PBGC Actions

CHICAGO – The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the approval of a deal between United Airlines and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to terminate employee pension plans, while noting the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) continues its case against the PBGC in the District Court for the District of Columbia.  AFA remains resolute in its assertions that pension law was violated with the termination of the Flight Attendant Pension Plan.

“We continue to fight for the Flight Attendant’s day in court and the appellate court agreed that day will come,” said AFA United President Greg Davidowitch. 

“Everyone knows termination of the Flight Attendant Pension Plan is wrong.  The PBGC must be held to answer for its actions in terminating the Flight Attendant Pension Plan,” Davidowitch continued.  “The Seventh Circuit decision doesn’t affect our primary case against the PBGC.  We continue to challenge the agency’s actions stemming from its backroom deal with United Airlines that destroyed the retirement security of 28,000 Flight Attendants.”

In AFA’s case against the PBGC, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has scheduled brief submissions through November 18, 2005.

More than 46,000 Flight Attendants, including the 19,000 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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