Management Fires AFA Union Representatives
February 9, 2022
Dear AFA members,
Moments ago, United management took an unbelievable step to fire two union representatives. This comes after a string of firings of long-serving Flight Attendants. All of these actions are outrageous.
For months, the United Master Executive Council and the AFA International Office have encouraged United management to find a solution to the underlying dispute. Despite these efforts to resolve, we were forced to take the rare step of filing a lawsuit in Federal District Court over violations of the Railway Labor Act. While the Court did not rule on the merits of the dispute, United management has made a deliberate choice to forge ahead, ignoring our legal and contractual rights.
The potential damage here threatens to undermine the collaborative relationship that has worked so well to get us through the largest crisis ever facing United Airlines and our industry. These accomplishments should not be so hastily cast aside because damage from this type of an aggressive approach cannot easily be undone. Management has even gone so far as to try to tell us who will represent our Members. This is unprecedented and unacceptable.
The action taken by United management makes today a terrible day. As AFA General Counsel Joe Burns wrote to United General Counsel, "The potential damage here threatens to undermine the collaborative relationship that worked so well to get us through the largest crisis ever facing United Airlines and the industry. What we accomplished together in the face of COVID should not so easily be cast aside."
We have and will continue to act to protect the right and ability of all AFA representatives to represent our members together without fear of management reprisal and intimidation.
AFA United MEC President
AFA International President