Furlough Mitigation Fight
February 28, 2014
Ladies and Gentlemen:
In accordance with the timeline established by the February 7,2014 Agreement, today United completed the processing of the Crossovers and other involuntary furlough mitigation measures and we are troubled by the fact, despite these efforts, 111 Flight Attendants continue to be subject to an involuntary furlough effective April 1, 2014.
As you know, the February 7, 2014 Agreement and subsequent understandings were intended to mitigate the number of Flight Attendants subject to involuntary furlough while increasing available individual options, enhancing job security and protecting seniority. However, these Agreements did not change our position on this issue. We will continue our fight to seek a final and binding resolution through the System Board of Adjustment.
We understand the solutions many confronted were not perfect and many made decisions they would have not otherwise reached absent the circumstances. However the individual decisions made by those affected, provide a level of certainty for their future. The outstanding issue of the cause of United’s staffing and manpower issues remains in dispute. Our ongoing work involving outside legal, AFA legal and the various committees of our Union in affirming and defending the protections from involuntary furlough as a result of productivity changes contained within our Contract continues.
It is important to note that a component of the February 7, 2014 agreement provides that all United Flight Attendants, regardless of the decision that has been made in the face of this adversity, will retain and accrue seniority for all purposes. Those placed on involuntary furlough status are entitled to recall as provided by the terms of our Contract.
Each and every one of these Flight Attendants, are an integral part of our Flight Attendant community. This outcome is simply devastating to the people and their families affected by these decisions and there is no justification from management about running a more efficient operation that will make this any easier. Our flying partners now confront a new set of circumstances and they must understand they are not alone. We stand in Solidarity with our flying partners until they return to their rightful place on the line.
Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council