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Any Successful Merger Will Require the Support of Flight Attendants

Date: December 13, 2006

Greg Davidowitch, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) United Airlines Master Executive Council President, issued the following statement regarding a potential merger venture for United Airlines: 

"What's good for the employees is good for the passengers, good for the shareholders and good for the airline.  Any type of business combination is historically fraught with difficulties including regulatory problems, huge expenses, corporate governance issues and, most notably, employee relations.

"Flight Attendants have severe reservations about any business combination that lacks our support.  Need we remind all interested parties that the state of management's labor relations with its Flight Attendants at United Airlines is near all time lows"

"United Airlines is run by the same management that took hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and stock for themselves paid with employee sacrifices of pay, pensions and healthcare.  There is no trust for these so-called leaders and no confidence in where they might lead us. 

"While talk of industry consolidation heats up, interested parties should be well advised of the problems created by the current management of United Airlines.  Any business venture will collapse without the support of the airline's most important constituencies, namely the employees.

"While speculation on this issue is rampant, we remain focused on best protecting Flight Attendants in any consolidation scenario.  This has been an issue of discussion and preparation within our Union for nearly three years.  Flight Attendants know that AFA-CWA will methodically deal with any real consolidation scenario utilizing the assistance of the best professional consultants and good, factual communication for our Members."

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO at United Airlines represents 17,000 Flight Attendants.  Visit us at www.unitedafa.org.

Contact Sara Nelson at 202-286-1973 with any questions.

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