CHAOS™ Strikes: 12,000 Petitions Delivered to UAL BOD Member
May 5, 2005
Flight Attendants Storm Hall at Kellogg Business School as Dean Jain's MBA Class Starts
CHICAGO - CHAOS™ hit campus yesterday when a contingent of United Flight Attendants in neon green CHAOS T-shirts stormed a class room to deliver 12,000 petition signatures to United Airlines Board member Dipak Jain, just before a scheduled lecture at Northwestern University.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) said the demonstration represented the beginning of the escalation of its campaign - code named CHAOS - to pressure the United Board of Directors to replace current executives for their business failures, dishonest dealings and greedy money-grubbing raises and bonuses taken even as they seek to terminate the Flight Attendant pension plan on top of life-altering sacrifices already imposed upon the front-line employees.
Interrupting the start of the scheduled lecture, a union spokesperson slammed the petitions on a desk at the front of the hall. "We're not going to take it anymore," AFA spokesperson Sara Dela Cruz told the stunned MBA students assembled in the lecture hall. "United executives need to give the money back to our bankrupt airline," she said, referring to recent bonuses received by United managers.
United's annual 10-K report submitted to the Security and Exchange Commission in March revealed that United executives took the large bonuses at the same time they were seeking to terminate pension plans and take more concessions from United's workers. United recently entered into an agreement with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) under which all employee pension plans would be terminated in return for a $1.5 billion payment from United. That agreement comes before the bankruptcy court on May 10, with AFA's attorneys preparing to mount a vigorous opposition.
The flight attendants renewed their assertion that they will initiate CHAOS strikes if the pension plan is terminated through the bankruptcy court. CHAOS - which stands for Create Havoc Around Our System™ - is AFA's trademarked tactic of surprise, intermittent strikes. Flight, dates and locations are chosen solely at the Union's discretion and targeted for maximum impact.
More than 46,000 Flight Attendants, including the 20,000 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/.