Flight Attendants to Appeal Denial of Preliminary Injunction
June 8, 2005
AFA Continues to Assert Pension Laws Have Been Violated
CHICAGO - The US District Court for the District of Columbia declined to issue a preliminary injunction requested by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) against the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) acting on its agreement with United Airlines. The court, noting that AFA retains its right to challenge any termination under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), stated that it is premature to assume the Flight Attendant pension plan will be terminated.
AFA's appeal of the bankruptcy court decision to approve the deal between United Airlines and the PBGC continues in a separate action pending before the US district court in the Northern District of Illinois. The court has issued a briefing scheduled through the end of June, but has not yet determined a date for the hearing.
"We have reviewed today's decision by the court and we intend to appeal. United management's attempt to dump its obligation on the government is akin to stealing deferred compensation -- our pensions -- from our bank accounts." stated Greg Davidowitch, president of the AFA Master Executive Council at United Airlines. "We will exhaust every legal avenue to defend the retirement security. We bargained for pension benefits in return for a lifetime of dedicated, professional service to United Airlines and its passengers."
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/.