AFA International President Veda Shook, United MEC President Greg Davidowitch and Continental MEC President Marcus Valentino negotiated a staffing Side Letter of Agreement with United management this week. The agreement provides United Flight Attendants, who would otherwise be involuntarily furloughed, with more voluntary options as well as the ability for to “cross over” to employment at Continental Airlines. It also keeps the focus on joint contract negotiations with the backing of a unified Flight Attendant work group.
“Through collaborative efforts, AFA was able to engage management in meaningful discussions on how to ensure that no Flight Attendant is forced out on the street without a paycheck. By focusing on feasible, timely solutions, AFA was able to negotiate continued employment for all Flight Attendants while recognizing the value and seniority of those affected,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President.
“Our first priority is to defend the careers of United Flight Attendants. This agreement provides for a reasonable solution that mitigates involuntary furloughs, ensuring that all Flight Attendants continue to advance their careers at United Airlines. Solidarity and determination were integral parts of these discussions to reduce the negative impact on Flight Attendants. We look forward to continuing to move forward together as we remain focused on a single contract that reflects our collective success,” said Greg Davidowitch, AFA president at pre-merger United.
“I applaud everyone involved for their willingness to come together and agree on additional options for the affected United Flight Attendants. This letter provides additional benefits and options that required mutual agreement to implement. This new agreement enhances the original bridge agreement with seniority protections and benefits that would otherwise have not been possible without our mutual effort,” said Marcus Valentino, AFA President at the pre-merger Continental. “United Flight Attendants stand together as we continue to move this merger forward in a positive way. We remain dedicated to advancing our profession through innovation and collaboration.”
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