Solidarity in the skies
In a record profit year, United Airways share price has increased by 204% but still no deal for Flight Attendants
If you were flying the friendly skies on Jan. Twenty One, you might have seen United Airways flight attendants picketing outside of your airport. This was part of a worldwide picket for a fair contract between United Airways and the flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA).
The contract issue has arisen thanks to merger between Continental, Continental Micronesia, and United. "Flight attendants are done waiting for management to negotiate a contract that ensures we participate in the record profits we help create," said AFA presidents Ken Diaz (pre-merger United), Randy Hatfield (pre-merger Continental) and Kathleen Domondon (pre-merger Continental Micronesia). "We are serious about reaching an agreement Flight Attendants can be proud to ratify. We are hopeful new leadership at United translates to efforts by management to conclude these negotiations and absent resolution we are preparing to exercise all of our legal options as necessary."
Contract negotiations are now going on 5 years. In that time, the AFL-CIO says that United’s Share price has increases by 204%. In fact, on Thursday United reported record profits for 2015.
Protests were held in 20 airports and 5 countries.