For Immediate Release: July 30, 2008
Contact: Sara Nelson: 202-286-1973
Flight Attendants Condemn UAL Management's Attempt to Distract from Their Failures by Attacking Employees
Airline Sues its Own Employees and their Union, New Labor Relations Low
CHICAGO - Greg Davidowitch, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) United Airlines Master Executive Council President, issued the following statement after United management file a law suit against individual pilots and their union, the Air Line Pilots Association:
"Yesterday, United management launched a very serious attack on employees by issuing an inaccurate and misleading media statement concerning the pilots at United Airlines.
"This latest union-busting tactic is condemned for what it is: a corrupt attempt to distract workers and travelers of United Airlines from the failures of current executives. Their actions add nothing to the debate over the future of our airline, but instead serve to further inflame an already poisonous labor relations atmosphere.
"The notion that any frontline employee of United Airlines is responsible for the failures of United executives is laughable. Not content to destroy labor relations, and to destroy the passenger experience, the geniuses that run this airline have also destroyed shareholder value in the past year. With all the major metrics of corporate performance at an all-time low, current management has lost its reason to continue in charge of the airline.
"An attack on one employee is an attack on all of us. We stand in solidarity with the Air Line Pilots Association and condemn United management for this new low in labor relations."
More than 55,000 Flight Attendants, including the 17,000 Flight Attendants at United, join together to form AFA, the world's largest Flight Attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000 member strong Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.unitedafa.org.