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AFA Continental Flight Attendants Ratify a New Tentative Agreement with United

Date: July 13, 2012

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) Continental Master Executive Council and United Continental Holdings, Inc. Ratify an Industry Leading Tentative Agreement on a Contract Extension Covering 10,000 Subsidiary Continental Flight Attendants.

Chicago – The AFA Continental Master Executive Council (MEC) announced today the successful ratification of a contract extension with United Continental Holdings, Inc.covering 10,000 subsidiary Continental Flight Attendants.  The agreement extends their industry leading contract for 28 months while providing the Flight Attendants additional economic and job security, benefits, flexibility, and growth.  

The Continental Master Executive Council will immediately begin working to bring the three United subsidiary AFA Flight Attendant groups under a single contract. 

“The ratification of this contract extension is the direct result of positive and innovative labor relations - where labor’s vital contribution to the operation and the bottom line is recognized,” states Continental MEC President Marcus Valentino.

The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for over 65 years. Serving as thevoice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions.  Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants at 21 airlines, including 10,000 professional Flight Attendants at the Continental subsidiary of the new United, come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.calafa.org.

SOURCE Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) Continental Master Executive Council


United Airlines Flight Attendants From The Continental Subsidiary Ratify Agreement

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CHICAGO, July 13, 2012/PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that flight attendants from the Continental subsidiary, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), ratified a new labor agreement.

"We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement and flight attendants from our Continental subsidiary ratified it three months ahead of the amendable date. I would like to recognize the efforts of AFA MEC President Marcus Valentino and his entire negotiating committee in working together to reach an agreement that recognizes the great work by our flight attendants," said Sam Risoli, senior vice president of Inflight for United. "I look forward to returning to negotiations to work on a new agreement that brings all of our flight attendants under a single contract."

The new agreement covers approximately 9,000 United flight attendants at the company's Continental subsidiary located throughout the United States. The company and the AFA will soon commence negotiations for a joint collective bargaining agreement for flight attendants at United, Continental and Continental Micronesia. Flight attendants from the company's United subsidiary ratified a new four-year contract in February 2012.

The AFA represents more than 24,000 flight attendants at the company's United and Continental subsidiaries.

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,605 flights a day to 375 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 272 new aircraft deliveries through 2022, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Airbus A350XWBs, and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9. United was rated the world's most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.

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