United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), were joined by supporters internationally to call on United Airlines to negotiate a fair contract and finish the operational merger.
“The picket lines have been absolutely electric today. United Flight Attendants and supporters from throughout the industry marched in extraordinary numbers and generated a lot of noise when calling on United management to recognize the hard work of Flight Attendants,” AFA International President Sara Nelson said Thursday. “Executives and shareholders are cashing in while passengers and Flight Attendants are left dealing with the frustrations of a fractured operation. Enough is enough. United needs to negotiate within the reality of record profits and get this merger done. It’s our turn and it’s past time.”
Among those supporting the AFA were CWA secretary-treasurer Sara Steffens, formerly of The NewsGuild, and CWA President Chris Shelton.
In 19 cities around the world, more than 2,000 flight attendants stood together to send a message to management: the fight will continue until we reach a contract that we are proud to ratify.
“This fight is about our scope and job security. This fight is about management trying to take away profit sharing at a time of record profits. This fight is about maintaining contract provisions that survived even bankruptcy,” Nelson said. “This fight is about a corporate power grab and we won’t stand for it. Flight Attendants have given a lot to United Airlines and we deserve a fair contract in return. Getting a contract is critical for completing the merger. United front line workers and United passengers deserve nothing less.”
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.