United and American Flight Attendant Leaders Hold Joint Meeting for Negotiations Strategy
April 4, 2008
Unions Plot Strategy for Talks with World's Two Largest Airlines
CHICAGO – Leaders of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) representing Flight Attendants at American Airlines together with the leaders of Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) representing Flight Attendants at United Airlines met Wednesday with industry economists, negotiators, attorneys, and professional pollsters to continue to coordinate efforts to rebuild the Flight Attendant career.
Flight Attendants at the nation's two largest airlines took dramatic cuts in pay, work rules and benefits either during bankruptcy at United or in order to avoid a bankruptcy filing at American. At both airlines, Flight Attendants and other workers were promised that shared sacrifice would equal shared rewards. Today, Flight Attendants continue to suffer the draconian cuts of the bankruptcy era, while executives repeatedly rewarded themselves with bonuses, stocks and stock options completely divorced from the success of the airline. Flight Attendants at American and United are coordinating efforts to strike back against executive greed and rebuild their careers.
"It is clear that now, more than ever, the Flight Attendant unions need to come together and support each others' efforts to restore our careers," said Laura Glading, President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. "Continuing to coordinate our efforts in the Flight Attendant Coalition is a vital first step in realizing that goal. APFA fully supports our sisters and brothers at AFA and we are confident that together we can change the course of our futures."
"Together we are preparing Flight Attendants to fight the injustice wrought on us by greedy executives," said Greg Davidowitch, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA at United Airlines. "We are coordinating actions with American Flight Attendants and all Flight Attendants to take down those who have destroyed a once proud industry. Our actions will benefit our Members and the passengers alike as we lift the standards of the U.S. airline industry. We will continue to explore our strategic options with our sisters and brothers at American as we stand shoulder to shoulder to rebuild our careers."
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA at United Airlines together with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants represent 36,000 Flight Attendants. Visit us at www.unitedafa.org.
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