World’s Largest Flight Attendant and Pilot Unions March Together in Chicago to Take Stand for Fair Contract at United Airlines


Chicago, IL (July 16, 2015) – As Flight Attendants protest around the world today, the United Chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) will march together at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago, United’s world headquarters.

“We’re proud to have our counterparts from the flight deck join us on the picket lines today, as they know how important it is to complete this merger with shared recognition for all of United’s frontline workers,” said AFA International President Sara Nelson.

The Flight Attendants are our partners in aviation, and are an integral part of the success of United Airlines,” said Captain Jay Heppner, Chairman of the United Master Executive Council of ALPA. “It is time management recognized their roles in our airline’s success and rewarded them with a joint contract. The Pilots of United Airlines are proud to stand with them today as they continue to fight for the contract they deserve and earn each day.”

AFA represents the 24,000 Flight Attendants at United Airlines, and ALPA represents the 12,500 pilots at United Airlines.

“It’s our time and our turn to get a contract that we can ratify so that management can focus on putting the operation back together. United frontline workers and United passengers deserve nothing less,” said Nelson.

Picketing will take place at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and at the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago from 12-1:30 pm.

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