Flight Attendants To Vote On Union Representation
By Bill Goldston
April 4, 2011 - The National Mediation Board (NMB)
granted the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA’s (AFA)
request to declare that the United/Continental merger
has created a single transportation system for the
purposes of Flight Attendant representation.
“Today is a watershed moment in our union and an
exciting day for the thousands of Flight Attendants at
the ‘new’ United Airlines who are ready to advance our
careers with AFA representation. AFA sought this
election because we want to unite Flight Attendants as
quickly as possible in order to take maximum advantage
of the leverage we have from the merger,” said Veda
Shook, AFA International President.
24,000 Flight Attendants will soon vote for Flight Attendant
union representation at the combined airline. “This sets the
stage for real gains for our profession,” stated Greg
Davidowitch, president of AFA at United Airlines. “The benefits
of membership in our Flight Attendant union are extraordinary.
Sixty-six years ago United Flight Attendants negotiated the
first Flight Attendant contract and through our union we have
built the Flight Attendant career.
expertise of our union has resulted in contracts and daily
representation that reflect the entire work, and home, life of a
The total package produces more money for United Flight
Attendants. And now, all Flight Attendants will stand together
for improvements across the board.”
The representation election is not a vote for one contract or the other. Both contracts remain in effect after the election. The merger provides the opportunity to negotiate a new agreement with improvements that work for Flight Attendants from both airlines. AFA negotiates based on the priorities set by Flight Attendants through surveys, meetings and direct member feedback to elected Flight Attendant leaders.
the leading voice for Flight Attendants on Capitol Hill, with
government agencies, at the bargaining table and on safety and
security in the cabin,” Shook concluded. “This election is about
seniority protection, job security, a strong contract and, above
all, which union can best represent the Flight Attendants of the
new United Airlines. AFA is that union.”
On January 18, AFA
asked the NMB to declare that the merger of United and Continental has
created a single carrier for issues of representation. Together, the
approximately 15,000 United, 9,300 Continental and 270 Continental
Micronesia Flight Attendants will elect a single union to represent
their professional interests as the official collective bargaining
representative in their newly merged airline. A voting schedule is yet
to be announced.
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