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Flight Attendants Hold Contract Now Rally at UAL Shareholder Meeting

Date: June 9, 2010

Chicago - At this year’s shareholders meeting United CEO Glenn Tilton will report out on the quickly-negotiated, complex deal to merge with Continental Airlines. The story this year is likely to be what Tilton does not talk about. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents the 16,000 United Flight Attendants, said it expects Tilton to avoid discussion about his big payout in exchange for his departure from an executive role in the newly proposed United Airlines. The union also predicts Tilton will fail to mention that the airline has important, unfinished business with frontline workers, namely a new contract for the Flight Attendants.

That new contract with improvements in pay, healthcare, work rules and retirement is months overdue.  The Flight Attendants have been working nearly 8 years under bankruptcy-produced pay and benefit cuts. The Flight Attendants will rally to make it clear their sacrifices made it possible for the proposed merger with Continental – and Flight Attendants won’t wait any longer to get the Contract they have earned. 

The media is invited to attend the “Contract Now” immediately preceding the shareholder meeting at United’s training center in Elk Grove, Illinois. 

When: Thursday, June 10th from 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Where: United’s Training Center in Elk Grove, IL (Linneman Road)

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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