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Flight Attendants Confirm Worker Rights Amid Merger Speculation

Date: November 14, 2007

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

"The media is again speculating on a potential merger between Delta and United Airlines.  The source appears to originate from a desire to see a business combination from a hedge fund that has a minor stake in each airline.  Consultants close to this issue identify considerable financial savings if the two carriers merged, however it remains mere speculation at this point.

"Any consolidating scenario is inherently risky for all parties involved.  If there is to be any merger, it must work for Flight Attendants and other employees to be successful.  AFA Members remain prepared to face the challenges of our industry, including any potential merger.  Flight Attendants have a voice in their workplace, and we know how to use it.  We will enforce our legally binding Contract which provides us significant protections in the event of any business combination. 

"AFA has a significant measure of protection through our industry leading merger policy.  Flight Attendants and passengers experience shared frustration over the endless problems created by UAL's executives.  Management's misguided passenger and labor relations policies will certainly jeopardize any chance for a successful merger.  All employees continue to suffer from the course of events during United Airline's bankruptcy.  We will not tolerate any business combination that will worsen the terms of employment or working conditions for United Flight Attendants."

More than 55,000 flight attendants, including the 17,000 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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