Flight Attendants Ready to Rebuild Profession, Win Improvements
January 10, 2008
Union Leaders Prepared to Confront Realities of Marketplace
Washington DC - Greg Davidowitch, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) United Airlines Master Executive Council President, issued the following statement after participating in the Flight Attendant Negotiations Summit with other Union leaders who represent the vast majority of Flight Attendants in the U.S. airline industry:
"United Airlines flight attendants join with flight attendants across the industry to fully leverage opportunities to rebuild and advance the flight attendant profession during upcoming negotiations. We are committed to improving our pay, healthcare, work rules and retirement benefits.
"Airline management exploited the industry economic downturn to drive down workers' wages, benefits, retirement and quality of work life through bankruptcy or the threat thereof. Flight Attendants at United Airlines and across the industry are ready to confront the realities of today's marketplace. We are eager to coordinate, educate and mobilize our Members for successful Flight Attendant negotiations all across the industry.
"Flight Attendants have faced extraordinary challenges throughout the history of our careers. Airline management has never willingly handed us any improvements and they are not about to start now. We have had to fight every step of the way and every success achieved has been the product of hard work, determination and solidarity. Today, airline management will have to face the force of all Flight Attendants standing together.
"We look forward to utilizing Section six negotiations beginning this year at some airlines to gain improvements for Flight Attendants after an all-time industry low. We stand in Solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers across the industry to prepare our Members for collective action to rebuild our Contracts and enhance our pay, benefits, job security, work rules and retirement."
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.