Dear Continental Flight Attendants:
Today, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) has filed charges against the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) alleging violations of the National Mediation Board (NMB) rules, policies and procedures by AFA and United Airlines.
This latest step to divide Flight Attendants is shameful, although not surprising based on the conduct of the IAM during the course of this election, and the continued actions of certain members of the IAM Steering Committee after the duly authorized certification of AFA as the Collective Bargaining Representative for United, Continental and Continental Micronesia Flight Attendants.
We are disappointed by these actions that only continue to adversely affect our Flight Attendant community and negatively impact our work to move forward on the issues that are important to Flight Attendants.
Flight Attendants want to be unified and to move forward for positive change. Withdrawal of these absurd allegations is the only responsible action that can be taken by the IAM in the best interests of Flight Attendants. Failing that action, AFA will vigorously respond to these baseless allegations directly to the NMB.
In the meantime, AFA’s certification remains in place and the Union is moving quickly to build the representation structure that the Continental and CMI Flight Attendants demand. We will keep you advised as we move forward together and work for our future.
Frank Brown, President
Continental Master Executive Council
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFL-CIO)