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United Flight Attendants Donate Service to Haiti Relief Flight

Date: January 22, 2010

Union Representatives Urge Passengers to Donate to American Red Cross

Chicago – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), representing United Airlines Flight Attendants, donated the service of flight attendants on United Airlines’ Haiti relief flight to help call attention to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross. Five flight attendants, who are also representatives of the Union and helped usher aid workers and supplies to Haiti, returned last night with some who lived through the earthquake and horrific aftermath.

"We donated our work as flight attendants on the relief flight flown by United Airlines to help call attention to the importance of supporting the relief efforts organized by the American Red Cross," said Greg Davidowitch, president of AFA-CWA at United Airlines. "We encourage United Airlines passengers to join us in supporting the American Red Cross.”

The AFA-CWA website, www.unitedafa.org, has a direct link to an American Red Cross donation page that coordinates with the United Airlines Foundation promise to match up to a total of $50,000 to the American Red Cross.

The union said the flight attendants who worked the flight represented an overwhelming desire on the part of their members to help care for the millions affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Chicago based Flight Attendants and AFA-CWA representatives Meg Mikesell, Paul Antuna, Kathy Browne, Tony Retkowski and Gerald Sermana recounted their experience when they returned to O’Hare International Airport late last night.

“We were able to take part in the evacuation of orphans, families and elderly Haitians, all of whom were weary from their very horrendous experience. From darling little children to the kind woman you could imagine as your grandmother, all of these people were amazingly grateful,” Retkowski said. “I am unable to contribute a lot of money, but I was able to give my time. I hope my contributions inspire United’s passengers and others around the world to give all they can for these beautiful people. The experience of letting someone know they are cared for is an incredible reward.”

More than 55,000 flight attendants, including the 15,000 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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