Flight Attendants Ready to Fight Merger
April 14, 2008
CHICAGO - Greg Davidowitch, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) United Airlines Master Executive Council President, issued the following statement today regarding speculation of a potential merger venture for United Airlines:
"On the cusp of what's expected to be a series of transformational announcements, the United Flight Attendants stand ready to oppose any business combination that will serve to harm Flight Attendants. We will not tolerate any transaction that serves to interrupt, impede or otherwise delay our efforts to secure meaningful increases to our compensation and quality of work life.
"Mergers are inherently risky business. If the industry is to consolidate successfully then the needs of Flight Attendants at United Airlines and the communities in which we live and work must be addressed.
"There are many potential airline mergers but only a few have the potential to actually work. We have studied numerous scenarios in order to be prepared for any contingency. Our analysis of every imaginable combination confirms that no consolidation scenario can be successful without the support and dedication of the front line workers.
"Last week United Flight Attendant leaders from around the world reaffirmed their commitment to protecting and advancing the careers of United Flight Attendants. The full text of the letter is posted on our website.
"Upon an announcement involving United Airlines we will review the terms of any proposed transaction. After completing our due diligence we will announce our opposition or support. In the event we determine there exists a threat and not an opportunity for Flight Attendants we will launch an aggressive campaign to derail any attempt to move forward with a merger that is harmful.
"We've forged a powerful series of alliances with elected representatives from towns, cities and states where we live and work. We've strengthened our ties with passengers. We've reinforced the bonds between labor groups here at United Airlines and across the industry. Should there be a fight, we are ready."
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.