Thursday, May 24, 2001
Contact: Dawn Deeks, 202-712-9799, ext. 804
On One-Year Anniversary of United/US Airways Merger United Airlines Flight Attendants Give the Gift of CHAOS
May 24 Demonstrations in Major Cities around the World
WASHINGTON United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, are demonstrating at major airports around the world to mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the controversial United/US Airways merger.
United Airlines has been threatening to proceed with the merger without first securing a waiver to job security language in the flight attendant contract. Going ahead with the merger without first securing a waiver would be illegal. The flight attendants would respond with CHAOS(tm) strike actions.
United has already negotiated a similar waiver with the pilots, in return for significant future job security protections, yet refuses to provide the flight attendants with equal treatment.
The flight attendants will be holding demonstrations in the following cities:
Boston Picketing and leafleting, Logan Airport, Terminal C, Ticketing level, 4-6 p.m.
Chicago Picketing and leafleting, O'Hare Airport, Terminal 1, Door 1, ticketing level, noon-2 p.m.
Denver Walkabout, Denver Airport, Terminal B, 10:15 a.m.-noon.
Honolulu Picketing and leafleting, Honolulu Airport, United ticket level, 9-11 a.m.
Las Vegas Picketing and leafleting, McCarran Airport, Ticket level, Center aisle, 1-2 p.m.
London Walkabout, Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Miami Leafleting and walkabout, Miami Airport, F concourse, 8-10 p.m.
The flight attendants are moving forward with their CHAOS strike plan, which was authorized by a 97 percent vote "FOR" a strike, should United proceed with the merger illegally. Create Havoc Around Our System, is AFA's trademarked strategy of public information and targeted work actions using random, unannounced strikes.
The 26,000 United Airlines flight attendants are joined together in AFA, the world's largest flight attendant union. Visit us at http://www.unitedafa.org/.