Flight Attendant Union and United Airlines Announce Unprecedented Early Out Program For Flight Attendants

Washington, DC – The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) and United Airlines today announced a one-time opportunity for Flight Attendants to voluntarily separate from the company with a payment up to $100,000. The Enhanced Early Out Program, announced in a joint letter from AFA Presidents Ken Diaz, Suzanne Hendricks and Marcus Valentino and management, is intended to resolve staffing issues at the airline and promote a landscape that supports the negotiations underway for a joint contract. AFA issued the following comments on the unprecedented early out benefits for Flight Attendants:

“Today’s historic announcement between AFA and management provides real options for Flight Attendants and a substantial commitment on the part of the airline to promote operational integration that recognizes the efforts of Flight Attendants. We are all engaged in an effort to ensure the success of United Airlines.
“This effort to mitigate disruptions caused by the transition to full operational integration, not only provides Flight Attendants an unprecedented Early-Out, but also recalls those who are currently on voluntary and involuntary furlough. Through our collective work, Flight Attendants will have a unique opportunity to continue moving up the seniority list and furthering their careers while providing the ability to pursue other endeavors to those who choose.
“Employee morale is critical. This early out package and end to furloughs and other staffing disruptions is reached outside of contract negotiations. Flight Attendants will not be held hostage to the uncertainty of job security as we negotiate an agreement that works for Flight Attendants and the airline.”
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world’s largest Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 69 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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