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United Staffing Imbalance Result in Involuntary Surplus

Date: May 12, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This afternoon management has announced their intention to invoke the Surplus provisions as contained in Section 22.J.and K. of our Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Management has not yet officially posted a Notice of Surplus; they have informed us that United “intends to adjust staffing levels in Flight Attendant bases effective with the October 2014 bid month.” 

United Inflight Scheduling has offered us a high level overview regarding a number of staffing issues involving Partnership Flying and Surplus, and we will meet with them later this week to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their plans.

According to the “Base Rebalancing” announcement today, management intends to surplus up to 600 United Flight Attendants effective with the October 2014 schedule month.  Two Hundred Flight Attendants each from Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.  These numbers are subject to change; however they anticipate vacancies in New York, San Francisco and Houston. 

Flight Attendants from the Miami domicile were the last group of Flight Attendants affected by a surplus in 2003.  Seattle and Honolulu have also experienced a surplus in the past.

Throughout the past year, we have faced countless challenges, and we have done so together.  We will approach this newest challenge with determination and Solidarity.  AFA is committed to doing whatever it can to protect your individual and our collective best interests at this critical time.  We will take appropriate action to ensure all of our Contractual rights listed in Sections 22 are fulfilled. Specific information about these Contract provisions will be available on our website. 

Discussions with the Company will take place over the next several days and we will keep you informed via our website of any developments.  Please avoid rumor and speculation during this time period and check our website for the latest information.

In Solidarity,

Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council

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