September 2, 2011
Washington, DC – Today, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) leadership, representing 15,000 pre-merger United Airlines Flight Attendants, announced in a joint statement with United Airlines that an agreement for expedited mediation has been accepted by the National Mediation Board. Both parties are committed to achieving a new agreement as soon as possible. AFA International President Veda Shook issued the following statement regarding the protocol agreement:
“We applaud the National Mediation Board for working with AFA and United Airlines on an innovative approach to negotiations for a contract that reflects the extraordinary contributions of United Airlines Flight Attendants. This is a positive step in the merger of United/Continental/Continental Micronesia and the future for all 25,000 Flight Attendants at the new United Airlines. The 60,000 Flight Attendant members of the Association of Flight Attendants stand with our sisters and brothers at United Airlines for a successful resolution and improvements for our profession.”
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 over 65 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 60,000 Flight Attendants at 23 airlines 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.