Shareholders Attempt to Derail Plan for United's Success
March 8, 2016
Dear Fellow Flight Attendants:
Today, two investors who control 7% of United's shares announced a public fight to gain six Board seats. This is about short-term gain in share price, not long-term success for United Airlines.
As Oscar Munoz announces his return to work, these investors need to support his vision to return United Airlines to world-class status. Even as he engaged in our negotiations during his sick leave, we experienced positive change at the negotiating table.
Please see below AFA's statement in support of Oscar's vision for the airline. Join us in supporting United's long-term success and building an airline where we are valued as a part of its success.
Oscar's focus on the success of the airline, and most importantly focus on employees, is what will lead to conditions under which we can achieve a contract Flight Attendants can ratify.
Randy Hatfield, MEC President pre-merger CAL
Ken Diaz, MEC President pre-merger UAL
Kathleen Domondon, MEC President pre-merger CMI
Flight Attendant Union Confident in Munoz Vision for United Airlines
Washington, DC (March 8, 2016)— The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) International President Sara Nelson released the following statement after certain investors announced an attempt to gain six board seats on the United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) Board:
“Oscar Munoz has presented a vision for United Airlines that passengers and employees can believe in. Even during his recovery and sick leave, Munoz engaged meaningfully in repairing labor relations and getting Flight Attendant contract negotiations on track to conclusion. Our union has worked with a lot of management teams over seven decades and we have rarely experienced a CEO as engaged or committed to the success of an airline.
“Oscar is moving United Airlines out of the era of struggling airlines and a failed merger to a vision of shared purpose that provides hope and excitement for the future of the airline. He has barely had the opportunity to put his plan into effect, but already we are seeing results. These investors are creating a distraction at just the wrong time if their interest is truly in turning around United and building an airline that will again lead the industry with performance, profits, share price and most importantly, engaged employees who take pride in the place where they work.
“Oscar Munoz is shaping up to be the best CEO at United Airlines since William Patterson. Flight Attendants support his efforts to return United Airlines to world-class, premier status.”
AFA represents 24,000 Flight Attendants at United Airlines.
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