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Worldwide Protest by United Flight Attendants for Overdue Pay

Date: April 5, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: April 6, 2010

Flight Attendants Fed Up after One Year of Fruitless Contract Negotiations

April 6 Day of ActionChicago – United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA-CWA), will protest worldwide the failure of United Airlines management to negotiate a new contract on time. After one full year in negotiations management is nowhere near to addressing the improvements flight attendants seek after pay, benefits, working conditions, and pensions were slashed nearly eight years ago.

United Airlines flight attendants are working at 1994 wage levels in the year 2010 and working 48% more compared with 2002 schedules and staffing.  Negotiations between AFA-CWA and United management started nine months prior to the January 7, 2010 amendable date due to a contract provision that was intended to provide flight attendants with a new contract by the amendable date. The improvements to pay, healthcare, retirement and working conditions are now three months overdue.

“The proposals from management are purely concessionary,” stated Greg Davidowitch, president of AFA-CWA at United Airlines.  “They have refused to present us with a compensation proposal and flight attendants are sick and tired of waiting for the compensation and working conditions we are due.  We will not agree to the wholesale destruction of portions of our contract to pay for any perceived improvements.”

Since the worldwide picket on January 7th with thousands of flight attendants AFA-CWA has stepped up strike preparedness training and readied members for this next public protest, April 6, 2010, at flight attendant bases around the world.

April 6 International Protests – Local Times and Contact Person:

Frankfurt (FRA) Arrival between Hall B & C, 10 am – 12:00 pm

  • Local Contact: Dirk Schulz, (069) 97390483

Hong Kong (HKG) United departures, 10:30 am – 1 pm

  • Local Contact: Jack Kande, 852-9831-7448

London Bedfont Football Club 11 am – 1 pm

  • Local Contact: Saad Bhatkar, 07815442394

Tokyo-Narita (NRT) United curbside 3 pm – 5 pm

  • Local Contact: Rick Gonzalez, 090 2206-1924

April 6 US Domestic Airport Picket Lines – Local Times and Contact Person:

Boston (BOS) United departure & arrival, 11 am – 2 pm

  • Local Contact: Lina Bowers, 603-502-3457

Chicago (ORD) United departure door 1G, 2 pm – 5 pm

  • Local Contact: Sara Nelson, 202-286-1973

Denver (DEN) Levels 4, 5 & 6 at United, 9 am – 12 pm

  • Local Contact: Ken Kyle, 303-913-6978

Honolulu (HNL) United check-in level, 10:45 am – 12:30 pm

  • Local Contact: Ed Kalahiki, 808-348-5975

Las Vegas (LAS) United ticketing door 16, 9:30 am – 12 pm

  • Local Contact: Jay Groth, 702-524-7511

Los Angeles (LAX) Terminal 7 at United, 10:30 am – 1 pm

  • Local Contact: Darren Shiroma, 310-480-9913

New York (LGA) United departure & arrival, 9 am – 11 am

  • Local Contact: Ken Diaz, 845-893-6327

Newark (EWR) United departure & arrival, 2 pm – 4 pm

  • Local Contact: Ken Diaz, 845-893-6327

San Francisco (SFO) United departures, 10 am – 12 pm

  • Local Contact: Chris Black, 650-773-6813

Seattle (SEA) SEATAC Flag Pavilion, 10 am – 12 pm

  • Local Contact: Diane Tucker, 206-910-8110

Washington DC (IAD) United departures, 2 pm – 4 pm

  • Local Contact: Andreas Curlee, 571-209-7943

 

More than 55,000 flight attendants, including the 16,000 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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