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Flight Attendants Stand with Writers for Shared Rewards

Date: December 6, 2007

Union Members Turned Off By Corporate Greed Re-Runs

Burbank, CA — Uniformed United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), will join writers represented by Writers Guild of America-West (WGAW), on the picket line tomorrow outside the Citibank building in Burbank. Union members will rally to pressure FremantleMedia, producer of successful reality TV shows, to provide writers with standard industry benefits including health insurance, residuals, pension contributions, and proper credits.

“As the days of corporate greed turn, the plot thins. Flight attendants’ fight for sharing in the success of our airline is no different than the fight waged today by television and movie writers,” stated Greg Davidowitch, United Master Executive Council President of AFA-CWA. “Writers have sacrificed in the past to ensure the success of their companies much like Flight Attendants were forced to take drastic cuts to pay and benefits during United Airlines’ bankruptcy.”

“Now the corporations are succeeding on the backs of these workers and raking in record profits only to handsomely reward executives while failing to repay the workers who continue to suffer,” Davidowitch continued. “We won’t stand for this treatment, but we will stand with our sisters and brothers on the picket line to demand fair compensation for the critical work we do. And, if it’s ever necessary that flight attendants strike United Airlines to get a fair contract, then we want the writers for television and movies on our side.”

Date & Time:  December 7, 2007, 12 Noon – 2:00 pm
Location:  4000 W. Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA
Local Contact:  Darren Shiroma, 310-480-9913

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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