United Airlines Earnings Report Reiterates Need for Investment in Flight Attendant Contract
July 23, 2015
Washington, DC (July 23, 2015) – Upon today’s release of United Airlines’ earnings report, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) has released a statement:
“United Airlines’ record-breaking $1.2 billion dollar quarterly earnings must be shared with Flight Attendants. Announcing a $3 billion stock buyback plan is outrageous as current management fails to invest in Flight Attendants who are among the frontline working people who make the airline go. Last week thousands of Flight Attendants around the world protested protracted contract negotiations and carried signs that read ‘Share Price Doesn’t Save Lives. We Do.’ Investment in the Flight Attendants through a contract that can be ratified by the 24,000 employees who are the face of United Airlines, will contribute to completion of the merger and a better experience for the traveling public. During the most profitable period in commercial aviation history, it is the passengers and employees who should be feeling that success.
The workers whose sacrifices and hard work positioned the airline for success are owed a share of the rewards. Flight Attendants, who are aviation’s first responders and the last line of defense in aviation security for millions of passengers, deserve our fair share. It’s our turn, and it’s past time! If not now, when?”
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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.