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United Airlines Flight Attendants to Conduct System-Wide Day of Action July 16

Date: July 10, 2015

Flight Attendants Call for Fair Contract and Completion of Merger

Washington, DC (July 10, 2015) – The world’s largest Flight Attendant union, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), is conducting a system-wide Day of Action on July 16th to support negotiations for a fair contract as United Airlines reports record profits.

 “While passengers and crew members alike are suffering from this incomplete merger, we will march for a fair contract and call on United management to fix this mess of an incomplete merger,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson.  “Flight Attendant sacrifices and hard work made this merger possible—it’s time United management complete the merger and return United to its premier status in the world. That starts with our contract. It’s time we share in the profits we help create.”

Picketing times will vary by location; they are posted at http://ourcontract.org/day-of-action/july-16-2015/. Details are updated as they are confirmed.

 “We’re calling Flight Attendants across the industry to join us,” said Nelson. “Raising the standards at United will benefit Flight Attendants at American, Delta, and every other airline. Flight Attendants are united and marching together in support of their negotiating committee. It’s our turn and it’s past time.”

United has failed to reach a unified labor contract with its 24,000 flight attendants despite a boast by United Chief Executive Jeff Smisek following the airline’s October 2010 merger with Continental that he would complete joint contracts with all workers by the end of 2011. Meanwhile, United Airlines is making record profits and its 2015 income will be more than five times higher than in 2013; operating profit in 2015-2017 is expected to be $5 billion or more in each year; United has $7.0 Billion in cash on its balance sheet and its stock price has jumped 162% since negotiations began; Smisek’s pay is up 32% and other top executives and shareholders are also cashing in.

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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 67 years. Serving as the voice 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 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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