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Moving Toward a Joint Agreement

Date: March 30, 2012

Dear United Flight Attendants,

Your three Master Executive Council (MEC) Presidents met in a joint session with your AFA International Officers in Chicago on March 26, 2012. The purpose of this meeting was to update each other on the progression of the merger and to identify tasks required to move toward a Joint Agreement.

At S-United, negotiations have concluded and a new Agreement is in place and implementation is underway. The United MEC is contractually bound to begin preparations for Joint Negotiations but that provision does not bind the S-CAL and S-CMI MEC’s. The United MEC will conduct elections for representatives on the Joint Negotiations Committee at an upcoming meeting and both CAL and CMI have designated their representatives. 

At S-CAL, a comprehensive opening proposal was exchanged with the company on March 5, 2012 and dates are being set to continue negotiations on an expedited basis. The S-CAL Contract becomes amendable on September 2, 2012.

At S-CMI, a comprehensive proposal was exchanged with the company on March 28, 2012 and dates are being set to continue negotiations on an expedited basis. The S-CMI Contract became amendable in 2010.

The MEC Officers and AFA International Officers have agreed that concluding all Section 6 Contracts prior to entering into Joint Contract Negotiations is priority number one. Preparations will continue for Joint Negotiations by all parties, but it is mutually agreed that satisfactory conclusion of all outstanding Agreements is necessary to move this process forward quickly. Each MEC is committed to moving forward together in the best interests of the combined United Flight Attendants. We have agreed to survey the Membership and to continue to seek common ground in bringing all three groups together at the new United.

We pledge to continue to work together and support each other’s goals so that we can achieve our common goal of a Joint Agreement for all the Flight Attendants at the new United Airlines.

In Solidarity,

Marcus N. Valentino
Continental MEC
Suzanne Hendricks
Continental Micronesia MEC
Greg Davidowitch
United MEC

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