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Mergers will Fail without Support of Flight Attendants

Date: January 15, 2008

In response to reports on merger discussions between Delta and United Airlines, Greg Davidowitch, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA at United Airlines reiterated the message Flight Attendants have consistently delivered on the subject of consolidation:  

"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 Airlines' bankruptcy. We will not tolerate any business combination that will worsen the terms of employment or working conditions for United Flight Attendants. And, we will not tolerate any transaction that serves to delay, disrupt or impede our efforts to improve compensation and working conditions.  

"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." 

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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