Special E-Lines Edition - Base Closure Announcement
June 5, 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Today the company made an announcement that will impact our entire Flight Attendant community. The company provided the 90-day notice required in Section 17.D.1. of our Contract, announcing its intention to close the Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Narita domiciles, effective October 1, 2020.
This announcement is a shock for all of us and it will create tremendous uncertainty. In management’s announcement and the accompanying FAQ, the assertion that the company will not be making vacancies available in London is a source of serious concern to the leadership of the Union as we do not believe this is consistent with the requirements of the Contract. We have consulted with the MEC Grievance Committee and AFA Legal and we will ensure the company is made aware that we have a dispute.
In the meantime, we will be working with the Local Presidents at each of these locations, Michael Warner, Kim Johnson, and Tony Wetterer, respectively, to ensure the best advocacy for all of our affected Members. For those Members who are based in these locations, we encourage you to contact your Local President to share your questions and concerns prior to their meeting with United.
It is important that our solidarity and support remain focused on our Union brothers and sisters who will be directly impacted by these base closures. Please join the entire United Master Executive Council as we stand together in offering support and assistance to our friends and flying partners directly impacted by today’s announcement.
Expect to hear more from us later today.
The United Master Executive Council Officers,