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A Message from the United MEC President

Date: January 21, 2015

Dear Flight Attendants,

We’re now well into 2015, a year that is full of promise and opportunity.

In my 2015 New Year’s message, I highlighted numerous milestones and accomplishments, most notably our setting a target date of July 23 to reach a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement with United management. Summer seems far away, but late July will be upon us in a blink and there is much work to be done.

Reaching a single agreement with United management is a tremendous opportunity for us to achieve success that is measured in better wages and stronger job security. A single contract will allow us to face issues together. As a unified front, we can more strongly fight for better wages and fix things (like the dysfunctional payroll system) within United. Flight Attendants will have the added benefit of being able to access all of the route structure—the whole world will be within reach. Unity truly is power.

An agreement is also critical to United’s financial success in a fiercely competitive market. The sooner that United completes the merger, the quicker they can move forward with accessing routes and new aircraft. Whether you came from legacy United, Continental or Continental Micronesia, all Flight Attendants within our family benefit from a stronger, stable and growing employer. It’s the employees who play a key role in reaching that shared goal—to be the premier carrier in the industry—and we must therefore share in that success.

After this week of negotiations, I am feeling very encouraged about where we are heading. The Joint Negotiation Committee (JNC) will give its report at the end of this session, but we can see a path forward and United management appears serious about reaching an agreement.

There’s a lot riding on our success. In a time where collective bargaining is under attack, this agreement gives us the chance to prove how effective the collective can be, and that together, we can make sure that we are rewarded for our share in our airline’s success. If we come together in a united stance, we will have a greater impact at the negotiating table. I look forward to working with you as we push for our voices to be heard and our concerns to be met.

Now is the time to stand together, make our voices heard, and advocate for a Contract that is rewarding and sets the highest benchmark for all Flight Attendants.

Together, we are stronger. Together, we are better.

In Solidarity,

Ken Diaz
United Master Executive Council

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