Pivotal Hearing in UAL Bankruptcy
April 21, 2005
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are finalizing our preparation for tomorrow’s bankruptcy court hearing where we will present arguments in opposition to United’s motion to extend the period of exclusivity under which current management can file a plan of reorganization.
Tomorrow in court we will also forcefully oppose management’s Section 1113(e) motion, which is rooted in its own fraud and dishonesty, to impose emergency relief upon Flight Attendants. Both of these issues were detailed in a letter posted on our website and sent in AFA E-lines on April 18, 2005. Also in our website’s Bankruptcy Center, you may view our court filings in opposition to United’s motions.
We expect the court hearing to be a pivotal one in our airline’s ability to restructure. At issue is whether or not this current management will be forced to act in good faith. We expect to prove at tomorrow's hearing that these executives have committed a fraud against the Court by claiming $445 million in savings that in fact were illusory or double-counted for the salaried and management employees. They tried to give themselves raises while the rest of us took real cuts. Instead of correcting the whole problem, they put us in the position of having to give them official notice of termination of our 2005-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
This management has turned its back on its Contractual obligations. Now they are asking the Court for retribution against our Union for simply performing its duty: demanding that they abide by our Contract. We ask nothing more than for United executives to live up to their guarantee of fairness and parity in the allocations of concessions they've demanded from all employee groups.
We will report to you tomorrow with the results of the bankruptcy hearing. Remain closely informed as we vigorously advocate for Flight Attendants and the success of our airline.
Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council